Pepper Crab (Singaporean)
2 lbs large mud crabs or prawns, claws cracked, shells removed and cleaned. Drain to dry. Or 1 lb soft shelled crabs 1 cup flour if using soft shelled crabs 4 tbsp freshly ground black pepper 3 to 4 fresh red chillies, seeded and finely chopped 4 tbsp butter 10 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 10 slices young ginger 1 to 2 tbsp oyster sauce 2 tsp dark soya sauce 2 tsp sugar (optional) Coriander leaves to garnish Oil for deep frying.
InstructionsDry-fry black pepper in a wok or frying pan till fragrant. Remove and keep aside. The crabs taste best if they are deep fried in very hot oil first deep fry on all sides till the crabs turn red. Drain and keep the oil aside. For soft shelled crabs, pat the crabs dry, cut each crab into 4, coat with flour and deep fry till golden browned and crispy. Heat a wok, add the butter and when it melts and is hot, add the garlic, ginger and chillies and stir fry for 3 minutes till the mixture is fragrant. Add the oyster sauce, soya sauce and sugar and stir well before adding the pepper. Stir fry a few seconds on high heat, add the crabs and stir fry 1 minute. Serve with the garnish. DRY FRYING is an old fashioned cooking method where food is stir fried till fragrant in a wok or frying pan without oil.