Sometimes you get the crab… last night the crab got me.
Jenny had invited me over for dinner last night. Her husband had bought a huge box of live crabs and Jenny steamed some of them for dinner. Jenny is Chinese and she made this incredible ginger dipping sauce (recipe included).
First of all I hate eating food that still looks like some innocent creature, give me my meat in a ziplock bag please. Here are some detailed instructions on how to eat crab.
Step 1 – Find the crab’s face and pull apart the top and bottom shell to open it.
Step 2 – Pour ginger sauce into the top shell and mix it with the yellow mustard stuff in the shell (aka – the crab guts).
Step 3 – Pull out the lungs from the bottom shell, these are not edible. From there you crack the little pieces of the bottom shell to get the small morsels of meat out of the various crevices in the crab body. Dip each piece in ginger sauce, put the whole thing in your mouth then spit out the shell part.
Step 4 – Eat the legs last. Crack the legs open with you teeth and use a chop stick to dig the meat out. (Chop sticks worked surprisingly better than American tools btw).
Personally I was too scared of breaking a tooth to crack anything with them, so I tried to break each piece apart with my hands. A couple of the little spiny parts made paper cuts on my fingers and I got a larger cut on my index finger that required a band-aid and lots of antibacterial cream.
It was an experience.
1 part Vinegar
2 parts Soy Sauce
Several small shitake mushrooms (cut)
grated ginger (to taste)
Mix all ingredients thoroughly and serve. It’s delicious.