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#91 liuzhou

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Posted 11 July 2015 - 11:39 PM

We love our seafood round here and so I recently picked up this book.

 

It is unusual in that 

 

a) The ingredients and method are in both Chinese and (reasonably good) English.

b) The method is clear and quantities precise - No "enough ginger" or "cook until cooked".

 

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It also comes with some fine photography.

 

Random page:

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Although they have translated the ingredients and methods, they haven't translated the dish names, so this is my translation.

 

 

青芒果盐蟹沙律    Green Mango and Salty Crab Salad

盐焗蟹                   Salt Baked Crab

古法蒸蟹钵           Traditional Steamed Crab Bowl

鸡油蒸腌仔蟹       Mud Crab with Salt and Chicken Fat

胡椒炒蟹               Pepper Fried Crab

蒜茸辣椒抄蟹       Garlic and Chilli Fried Crab

咖喱抄蟹               Curried Crab

酥炸软壳蟹           Crisp Fried Soft Shell Crabs

香菇蟹海鲜汤       Shiitake, Crab and Mixed Seafood Soup

蟹肉扒泰国菇       Braised Crab with Thai Mushrooms

蟹肉素翅羹           Crab and Vegetarian Sharks’ Fin Soup

大虾苹果沙律       King Prawn and Apple Salad

冬荫海鲜汤           Winter Seafood Soup

天妇罗                   Tempura Shrimp

椒盐虾                   Salt and Pepper Shrimp

麦皮虾                   Oatmeal Shrimp

鲜虾油豆腐           Fresh Shrimp with Tofu

芝士焗龙虾尾       Baked Lobster Tail

惹味盐炒海鲜       Tasty Salt Fried Seafood

红咖喱鱼件           Red Curry Fish

海苔炸龙脷柳       Fried Sole with Seaweed

柠蜜凤尾鱼           Sweet Lemon Anchovies

酥炸白饭鱼           Crisp Fried Anchovies

清蒸海上鲜           Steamed Sea Fish

三鲜蒸鱼卷           Three Flavour Steamed Fish Rolls

鱼丸和炸鱼皮       Fish Balls with Deep-fried Fish  Skin

番茄煮红衫鱼       Red Snapper with Tomato

蒜香烧银鳕鱼       Stewed Cod with Garlic

京汁烧泥鯭           Sweet and Sour Fried Rabbit Fish

咖喱抄蚬               Curried Clams

鱼汤杂锦贝           Fish and Mixed Seafood Soup

焗大蚬                   Baked Large Clams             

豆椒炒蚬               Black Bean And Chilli Clams

清炒鱿鱼               Clear Fried Squid

沙嗲鱿鱼               Fried Baby Squid

煎蚝饼                   Fried Oyster Cake

海参焖鲍鱼           Sea Cucumber and Abalone

劲辣墨鱼丸           Spicy Cuttlefish Balls

鲜虾墨鱼卷            Cuttlefish and Shrimp Rolls


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#92 Thanks for the Crepes

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Posted 13 July 2015 - 08:36 AM

liuzhou,

 

All of the quoted recipes sound intriguing, but the one that has me really wondering is "Crab and Vegetarian Sharks’ Fin Soup".

 

Can you tell us a little about this soup?


I want to move to another planet, with pure spring water.

 

This planet would have a global climate like Hawaii, California, Florida.

 

We'd raise perfect and abundant flora and fauna!

 

Want to come with?

 

 


#93 liuzhou

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Posted 13 July 2015 - 08:52 AM

liuzhou,

 

All of the quoted recipes sound intriguing, but the one that has me really wondering is "Crab and Vegetarian Sharks’ Fin Soup".

 

Can you tell us a little about this soup?

 

Real shark's fin, as I"m sure you know, is disgustingly cruel and hideously expensive for something that tastes of nothing. It is being used less and less as awareness spreads. 

 

It was only ever used for two reasons:

 

a) For its texture

b) To demonstrate how rich and stupid your host is

 

For a) a simulation of texture, there are various preparations available which are usually gelatin based.

 

For b) stupidity, there is no cure.

 

The recipe calls for 

 

1 crab

330g Vegetarian Shark's Fin

1L Chicken Stock

50g Asparagus diced

The white of one egg

50 g shredded carrots

 

Salt

White sugar

Cornstarch

White Pepper

Vinegar (the recipe doesn't say but I would use white rice vinegar.)

 

The crab is steamed and the meat extracted. Everything (except the egg white and vinegar ) is added to a the chicken stock and brought to a boil. When ready the egg white is stirred in and a little vinegar added.


Edited by liuzhou, 13 July 2015 - 08:57 AM.

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#94 Thanks for the Crepes

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Posted 13 July 2015 - 10:32 AM

liuzhou,

 

Thanks for the info on the soup. This would be a great soup without the vegetarian shark's fin which I'm not sure I'd be able to find in my area. I would probably use whole egg instead of just the white. That's the way I make my egg drop soup, and I haven't bought it from our Chinese restaurant since the first time I tried making my own. Mine blows theirs out of the water, and my husband agrees.

 

Do you know how the gelatin based fin substitutes keep from melting into liquid in the hot soup? Additives? If you know, fine, but please don't go out of your way to research. I've seen some of your research, and you are obsessive and really go to a lot of trouble over a casual question. I don't think I would like a gelatin-based substitute for cartilage even if I could find it here. Just curious. I would think long-cooked beef tendons, which are popular in China might make a good substitute.

 

There's a not so great article on wiki that says the fin substitute is made from bean noodles, and I think they would be excellent in this soup. I have mung bean threads in the pantry. Other Googling reveals tofu replacements, and one site mentions gelatin. 

 

I can't tell you how pleased I am that real shark's fin soup is diminishing in popularity. Yay! It's hard to drum up any sympathy for creatures that happily chomp on our NC tourists. We've had quite a spate of these lately, and it's most bad for business. A couple coastal communities here are making efforts to separate swimmers from shark fishermen. I was bumped very hard in the lower thigh by one on vacation at Topsail Island, NC in 1996. Fortunately I wasn't bitten, but I attribute that to strong swimming skills fueled to new heights by adrenaline. Still, as you know, I am a proponent of humane raising and harvesting of meat, and finning doesn't come close.


I want to move to another planet, with pure spring water.

 

This planet would have a global climate like Hawaii, California, Florida.

 

We'd raise perfect and abundant flora and fauna!

 

Want to come with?

 

 






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