Everyone knows that lobster tastes great served simply with some clarified butter and a splash of lemon. For an Asian variation on the theme, pair your crustacean with a bit of pork and a melange of spices. Then, prepare your taste buds and your senses for the dizzying assault.
- 2 lobster tails (about 1 pound each)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon salted black beans, (also called fermented black beans) pounded and soaked in 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon ginger, finely chopped
- 1 scallion, chopped fine
- 1/4 pound ground pork
- 2 tablespoons sherry
- 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
- 2 scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 to 4 cups oil for deep-frying and stir-frying
- Cut each lobster tail in half. Wash thoroughly. Drain. Cut tails into pieces 1 1/2 inches in length, leaving shells on.
- Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the flour on lobster.
- Mix garlic with black bean mixture in a bowl. Stir well.
- Heat oil for deep-frying to smoking hot. Put in lobster pieces. Deep-fry until shells are red. Drain. Remove.
- Reheat 1 tablespoon of oil in the wok. Stir-fry black bean mixture 30 seconds. Remove.
- Reheat 2 tablespoons of oil in wok. Stir-fry ginger and scallion until there is an aroma, about 30 seconds. Add pork. Stir-fry on high heat until color changes. Add 1 tablespoon of sherry, soy sauce, black bean mixture, and stock. Bring to boil.
- Add lobster to meat mixture. Add 1 tablespoon sherry. Cover. Cook 3 minutes.
- Remove lid. Bring to boil. Thicken gravy with dissolved cornstarch. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add scallions. Slowly pour in beaten egg. Stir-fry about 10 seconds. Remove.
Reprinted with permission from Madame Wong's Long-life Chinese Cookbook.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||7 g|
|Saturated Fat||2 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||3 g|
|Dietary Fiber||2 g|