Sunday, September 20, 2009

Stir Fried Imitation Sea Cucumber



I saw this dish featured on CCTV4 recently and though what an interesting idea. I never buy sea cucumber before, love to eat it but have no clue how to handle it. Another reason of not buying is my hubby doesn't like it. So, when I saw this imitation sea cucumber made using the seaweed, I was intriguing and wanted to try it. Well, I supposed to shape it into an oblong shape to resemble the sea cucumber but I did not bother. This Chinese food series named Everyday Food does not come with measurement, they cooked with feel like every Chinese cook. So, I tried my best to recreate the dish. It tasted pretty good, the deep-fried ones are crispy and good on it's own. The sauteed one was kind of chewy, just different.


The batter ready to deep-fry. I really not sure whether I should add more flour in it or not since that cook seem to be able to shape it into an oblong shape with this batter. Hmmm...


The finished deep-fried imitation sea cucumber.


Ingredients:


(A)

  • Chinese seaweed, soften and drained (also called wild laver)
  • 1 egg
  • Flour
  • Fresh mushroom, chopped (I used canned mushroom)
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • White pepper
  • MSG (I used chicken granules)

Sauce:

  • soy sauce
  • sugar
  • rice wine
  • Color bell peppers (I omitted this because I have none at home)
  • Carrot
  • ginger
  • scallion



Good on it's own.

Method:


1. Mix (A) together in a bowl. And then deep-fry until golden brown and drain on paper towel. Try to shape it into an oblong shape if can.


2. Mix the sauce into a small bowl and set aside. Prep and cut the bell pepper, ginger, scallion and carrot.


3. In a hot wok, add in a little oil. When hot, add in ginger and scallion, stir-fry for awhile, then add carrot and bell pepper. Stir-fry well, add the sauce and the imitation sea cucumber. Give a quick stir (add cornstarch water if you want) and dish out to serve.


10 comments:

Mochachocolata Rita said...

wowww very interesting idea!

i never like the real sea cucumber, but i might like this imitiation hehe

Baking Fiend said...

this is interesting! i was intrigued by yr post title. LOLz

pigpigscorner said...

wow...really interesting. I've never seen imitation sea cucumber before.

tigerfish said...

I like sea cucumber, so no need imitation... heee hee...but for the price to pay for real sea cucumber, I need imitation. Hahahahha!

Sonia said...

Never seen this before, look really a interesting recipe, I copy the recipe straight away and really Thanks for sharing this recipe. And this can be a vegetarian dish for coming CNY.

Denesa said...

Yummy!Thanks for sharing. Have more menu tips now for my two little princes:)

Little Corner of Mine said...

Yes Rita, I thought it's very interesting too. :)

Baking Fiend. :)

Yeah pigpigs, first for me too.

LOL Tigerfish. I like sea cucumber too, good to have it on CNY.

Sonia, you were so right, what a great vegetarian dish for the coming CNY! Perhaps I will cook this dish for CNY too. ;)

You're welcome Denesa. :) Try my cornflakes baked chicken strips, healthy, crunchy, and my girls loved it. :)

ICook4Fun said...

This is the first time I see imitation cucumber. I don't mind eating this one as I am scare of the real thing :)

Bits of Taste said...

simple & interesting! Don't know that is imitation sea cucumber though, must look for it.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Haha Gert. I love the real thing, but not the hubby though. :(

Bit of Taste, well, this is the Chinese chef version of the imitation sea cucumber. I just copied his idea and recreated it here for sharing. :P