Friday, January 31, 2014

Sake-Steamed Lobster Tails 姜葱酒蒸龙虾

Happy Lunar New Year everyone! Today is the first day of the Lunar New Year. Did you have a sumptuous reunion meal yesterday? Or what "auspicious" dish did you prepare/cook? Here in the USA, Chinese New Year is usually a quiet affair for most of us. Most importantly, there are no official holidays (unlike in Asia where the first and second days of Lunar New Year are official "off" days), so we do not have much opportunities to get together.

No, I did not cook this yesterday on the eve of Chinese New Year. We had dinner at a friend's place. But this lobster dish do have its tie-in to auspicious Chinese New Year food, is it not? Lobsters 龙虾 and in Cantonese language, 虾 pronounced HAR  symbolizes laughter 笑哈哈 (happiness).


I gave in to these wild-caught previously frozen Canadian lobster tails when I spotted them in Costco. Well, I COULD have waited to buy a fresh "live" whole lobster (in the tank) from the Asian grocery store.

Could have, should have, would have.

You can say I am not much of an adventurer when it comes to seafood. I have made steamed lobsters tails with frozen lobster tails before, so I am going to do similar again. This time, it is just going to a tad different using Japanese sake instead of Chinese cooking wine.


Sake-Steamed Lobster Tails with Ginger and Scallions 姜葱酒蒸龙虾
Ingredients:
4 lobster tails or about 1 lbs lobster tails; half each lobster tail, and place halved lobster tail on a wide-based plate, flesh facing up
3 green onions, bottom white and top green parts separated. Thinly slice the bottom white parts and top green parts

Mix 2 tbsp Japanese sake, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp water, 2 tbsp very finely minced ginger, white part of the scallions in a bowl, then use a spoon and drizzle this mixture over the lobsters

Directions:
For steaming, set up wok with water and Japanese sake (about half-half ratios). When water mixture in the wok is boiling and ready to steam, place the plate of lobsters to be steamed on a trivet, cover the wok and steam for 10 to 12 mins till the lobster is cooked.

Serve with cooked noodles and cooked broccoli.


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