On Monday we caught up with some friends for dinner. One of them is Thai, and she and her partner chose the restaurant. A Thai one in Melbourne. The food was wonderful and an added bonus was the Thai grocer next door. I most certainly wanted to go there after dinner, and our friend generously took charge. She helped me fill my basket. Leon was very patient. I guess he knew there would be food for him from the process!
One of the dishes we had was soft shelled crab in a curry sauce. Apparently it is a very commonly cooked dish, but usually made with fresh, large crabs. Look Moo (our friend) knew how it was made and shared the recipe with me. From the grocer, she ensured I had the correct ingredients. All I had to get later was the crab.
The meal was very experimental as I had little idea of quantity and was a bit sketchy on sequence, but hey....
I have to say that my dish tasted great and quite similar to the restaurant one. I did remember though why I seldom buy crab. It is sooooo messy to eat! Needed a shower by the time we finished and all the slurping! You could never eat it when you were out!
I am definitely going to make it again. But next time will have a try with squid and maybe prawns.
|Garlic and chili, carefully chopped by Leon|
|This is the special curry powder. Now you know as much as me!|
|Evaporated milk, oyster sauce and sugar, an egg and that powder. Apparently it is also possible to use fresh milk.|
|Blue swimmer crabs all cleaned and sectioned|
|This is the rice cooked. Red cargo rice. It's nutty and delicious.|
|Crabs and spices|
|Also it has celery and spring onion|
|The finished dish|
Totally enjoyable - Leon