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.
- Chinese seaweed, soften and drained (also called wild laver)
- 1 egg
- Fresh mushroom, chopped (I used canned mushroom)
- White pepper
- MSG (I used chicken granules)
- soy sauce
- rice wine
- Color bell peppers (I omitted this because I have none at home)
Good on it's own.
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.