Shrimp on Crab Legs (Cang Cua Boc Tom)

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Title: Shrimp on Crab Legs (Cang Cua Boc Tom)
Yield: 10 Servings
Categories: Vietnamese, Seafood

Ingredients:

10 Crab legs or several hard
-shell crabs
Shrimp paste, prepared as
-for Shrimp on Sugar Cane
1/4 c Vegetable oil


---------------------------------NUOC CHAM---------------------------------
1 Clove garlic
1/2 Fresh hot red chili pepper
-or 2 dried
2 ts Heaping, granulated sugar
1/8 Fresh lime
2 tb Fish sauce (nuoc mam)
2 1/2 tb Water, more if necessary

Here we have a party dish that will bring out "oohs" and "ahs" from
your guests on sight - and a repeat performance on taste.

Crab claws, alone, are sometimes available in fish stores. If they
aren't, boil several hard shell crabs and use the claws; you can use
the bodies in many other dishes.

The crab claws in fish stores are already partially peeled and serve
not only as a handle but are edible as well. If you prepare your own
claws, peel the upper section around which you mold the shrimp paste.

Boil the crab legs or crabs for about 10 minutes, then drain and cool;
remove the claws from the crabs, if using, and reserve the bodies for
another purpose.

Have the shrimp paste ready; preheat the oven to 350F.

Pour the oil into a bowl. Dip your fingers into the oil and pick up 2
tablespoons of the shrimp paste. Mold it into an oval around and
halfway down the crab claw, covering the part of the claw where it
was attached to the body; this will leave a claw tip extended to
serve as a handle. Place the claws on a baking sheet and bake in the
preheated oven for 30 minutes.

Serve with Nuoc Cham and watercress.

NOTE: In Vietnam, this dish is always barbecued over charcoal. If
you wish to prepare it this way, cook for 10 minutes on each side.

Makes 10 servings.

Here we have a party dish that will bring out "oohs" and "ahs" from
your guests on sight - and a repeat performance on taste.

Crab claws, alone, are sometimes available in fish stores. If they
aren't, boil several hard shell crabs and use the claws; you can use
the bodies in many other dishes.

The crab claws in fish stores are already partially peeled and serve
not only as a handle but are edible as well. If you prepare your own
claws, peel the upper section around which you mold the shrimp paste.

NUOC CHAM:

This exciting sauce is almost always served at Vietnamese meals, just
a Westerners serve salt and pepper. It's base is nuoc mam (bottled
fish sauce). Freshly prepared, it is a constant delight, and so
addictive to Western palettes that it will appear with meals other
than Vietnamese. To best appreciate the results of its superb
blending qualities at the table, use it sparingly at first, gradually
adding more until the result is just right for your palate.

Peel the garlic. Split the chili pepper down the center and remove
the seeds and membrane. Cut into pieces and put into a mortar,
together with the garlic and sugar. Pound into a paste. Squeeze the
lime juice into the paste, then with a small knife remove the pulp
from the lime section and add it as well. Mash this mixture and add
the fish sauce and water.

NOTE: If you find this a trifle strong at first, dilute it with an
additional 1/2 tablespoon of water.

From "The Classic Cuisine of Vietnam", Bach Ngo and Gloria Zimmerman,
Barron's, 1979.

Posted by Stephen Ceideberg; May 24 1993.

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