3 Chinese crab soup recipe ideas for the home kitchen.
The most famous Chinese crab soup in Singapore is the Crab Bee Hoon Soup 螃蟹米粉汤 (pang xie mi fen tang). A lot of stuff goes into this soup.
The most common crab sold in Singapore is the mud crab. It has big pincers with lots of firm flesh. Mud crab is quite expensive in Singapore so they are not common on our dining tables at home. They feature more in festive dishes and dishes we impress our foreign guests with like the Singapore chili crab, and black pepper crab.
The shell of the crab is a great flavour enhancer for soup. Adding the whole crab with their shell produces flavoursome clear seafood broths. Yummy!
How to clean crab?
Cooking with whole crab meant you need to know how to clean and prepare them. I find the guide at spruceeats quite good (go to https://www.thespruceeats.com/how-to-clean-a-crab-2216085). Two more cleaning approaches below for your consideration too. There are elements in both that I do not like. But they are well-executed videos showing you exactly how to handle a crab.
The man in the video washed away the crab butter, the yellow cream in the middle of the crab. Talk about culture differences. For the Chinese, that's like the best part of the crab.
See video below for the Chinese way of preparing and cleaning crabs. However, the lady in the video removed the pincers while the crabs are still alive. That, to me, is animal cruelty.
My grandmother taught me to kill the crabs quickly by pushing a chopstick or small knife into the belly of the crab. It kills them. Then we can start brushing and removing the pincers and different parts of the crabs.
3 Crab Soup Recipes
Recipe 1: Chinese crab meat soup recipe with egg and tofu
Chinese crab soup with egg drop
This crab soup is simple to make with soft tofu and eggs. Everyone should try it. It is a perfect recipe for leftover crab meat.
100g fresh crab meat (or 1 can crab meat)
1 packet soft tofu
6 cups chicken soup stock
2 tablespoon cornstarch mixture
Dash of sesame seed oil
Salt and pepper
Mash the crab meat to break up any big lumps
Beat the eggs
Cut the soft tofu into thin strips
Bring the soup stock to a boil, add the crab meat and tofu
Bring back to a boil, add the salt and pepper to taste
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