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                   SHRIMP ON CRAB LEGS (CANG CUA BOC TOM)
 
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 Serving Size  : 10   Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Vietnamese                       Seafood
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
   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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