Monday 29 January 2018

Easy Deep Fried Soft Shell Crabs 简易油炸软壳蟹

*in collaboration with Dancing Chef for Thai Seafood Sauce

We Chinese consume various foods for different symbolic and auspicious meanings. This' especially so during the Chinese New Year (CNY) period. Now that we're fast approaching this year's CNY, I've cooked this Easy Deep Fried Soft Shell Crabs 简易油炸软壳蟹 to wish all my friends and loved ones 事业, 人气, 运气都像蟹一样, 一煮就红! 气势如虹 in the new year! 

To make the dish more flavourful, I've used Dancing Chef™’s Thai Seafood Sauce to make an easy gravy/dipping sauce to go with the deep fried soft shell crabs. We like it!

Dancing Chef™ Chinese New Year Promotion
Dancing Chef™ Paste 100g and Suki Sauce 230g : 3 for S$7.85 (UP: S$2.85) are available at all major supermarkets from 1 January 2018 to 28 February 2018. 

Ingredients :
  • 5 pcs mid-sized soft shell crabs
  • 1 tbsp Dancing Chef Thai Seafood Sauce
  • 70 gm bread crumbs 
  • 6 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 beaten egg
  • cooking oil for deep frying
  • spring onions (for garnishing)(optional)
  • sliced green chili (for garnishing)(optional)
  • sliced chili padi (for garnishing)(optional)

Gravy / Dipping Sauce :

  • 1 packet Dancing Chef Thai Seafood Sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 80ml water

(tsp = teaspoon; tbsp = tablespoon) 

Method :
  1. Pat dry soft shell crabs with paper towels.
  2. Prep 3 trays to coat/dip soft shell crabs for deep frying. Tray 1 - Tapioca flour, baking soda, salt, sugar. Mix well. Tray 2 - Beaten egg, 1 tbsp Dancing Chef Thai Seafood Sauce. Mix well. Tray 3 - Bread crumbs
  3. When ready to cook, heat cooking oil in saucepan/wok at medium heat.
  4. Coat/dip soft shell crabs in the sequence of Tray 1, Tray 2 and Tray 3.
  5. Deep fry at medium heat till coated soft shell crabs turn golden brown. 
  6. Remove ingredients from hot cooking oil and leave to rest on a plate lined with paper towel.
  7. Meanwhile, combine all gravy/dipping sauce ingredients in a pan and bring to boil. 
  8. Plate, garnish and drizzle gravy/sauce over soft shell crabs when served.

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