May these 4 imitation crab soup recipes inspire you to create your own.
Different types of imitation crab sticks
Imitation crab sticks are a type of seafood made from something called surimi. It is a fish paste made from starch and finely pulverized white fish. It is then shaped and coloured to resemble the crab leg meat. It is also known as krab sticks, seafood sticks.
It contains little or no crab and so many argue that it is less nutritious than the real thing. Note that it is less nutritious, not no nutrition.
Even though it may not have the same nutrition as real crab, it is convenient and cheap to use. Not everyone can afford the real thing.
I have seen people use it in salads, dips, sushi rolls, fried rice or noodles, savoury, pancakes, and crispy crab chips. Here are some examples of it being used in soups.
Recipe 1 - Egg drop imitation crab soup
This is a classic egg drop soup recipe using imitation crab soup. The portion is for one person.
2 stalks spring onion
1 packet imitation crab sticks
80ml chicken stock
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine
1 tablespoon mirin (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Slice the imitation crab sticks into bite-sized pieces. Shredding is fine too.
Separate the spring onion stems from the leaves
Slice the stems into bite-sized pieces and julienne the leaves as garnish
Heat up 2 tablespoons cooking oil in a sauce pan
Stir fry the stalks of the spring onion
Add the chicken stock, soy sauce, rice wine, mirin and salt
Add the crab sticks and let cook for 2 to 3 minutes. The imitation crab is cooked. The cooking is to heat and soften them as well as for flavour absorption
Beat the eggs and stir into the soup to create egg flowers
Serve with julienned spring onion leaves as garnish
Add a dash of sesame seed oil if you have some
Recipe 2 - Shredded chicken and imitation crab soup
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