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Prepare a Christmas Feast with a King Crab

Yesterday when my husband and I were buying groceries in a supermarket, we noticed there was sale of king crab. Turkey is too big for us to have for Christmas, so a king crab sounds a good idea.

Today when I got up, the first thing I needed to do is to defreeze the king crab we bought. Then I disassembled it into several parts.

For the central body, I took the Shell off. Then picked the meat out. Heat a pan, melt a small piece of butter. Put the meat in. Sauté a bit. Add in 1 tablespoon flour. Quickly stir. Then add in 3-4 tablespoon milk. Stir slowly and evenly to let it reduce to white sauce. Put the crab meat white sauce into the shell. Sprinkle cheese. Put into oven ( 200 degree C, 8-10 mins) or till cheese melts.

Crab legs can be divided into three parts: thigh (fat end), middle parts and thin end parts.

For the fat thigh, I used them to cook spaghetti:

Heat a piece of butter in the pan. When melted, add in crab leg. Stir fry a bit. Then add in chopped garlic. Stir till aromatic. Pour in a little white wine. Simmer a little. Season with salt and black pepper. Add in chopped parsley and cooked spaghetti. Quickly stir evenly.

For the middle crab leg parts, I roast them with garlic butter. Put a small chunk of butter in a bowl. Add in chopped garlic, a little salt and pepper. Blend well. Cut half the shell off ( or even less). Then spread garlic butter onto meat. Put into oven. 180 degree C and 20 mins.

For the thin ends, I cut them into smaller pieces. Marinate with a little cooking wine and corn starch. Heat a little olive oil in the pan. Put the crab leg pieces in. Stir fry for 2-3 mins. Add in chopped ginger and spring onion. Quickly stir fry. Add in a little cooking wine, light soy sauce and oyster sauce. Quickly blend evenly and serve hot.

For the claws, I used them to cook light soup. Put crab claws, corn pieces, Chinese yam, mushroom, ginger shreds and spring onion pieces into a pot. Pour in 1 1/2 bowls of water. Turn to high heat. When water boils, put in salmon slices. Turn to middle heat and cook for 3 mins. Add in 1 tsp sweet cooking wine and salt. Cook for another minute.

And that’s it. Our Christmas feast made by a king crab.

Merry Christmas everyone!


Spare Ribs Soup ( With Red Dates & Ginkgo)

1. Rinse spare ribs in water.

2. Put ribs in a deep pot. Add in enough water higher than ribs.

3. Turn to high heat. When water boils, skim it. 

4. Turn to low heat. Add in 2 or 3 red dates. 

5. Cover the pot with lid. Let it slow cook for at least 40 mins. I let it boil for 1.5 hrs. The meat will become very soft and come off from the bone very easily.

6. Add in ginkgo. I read on internet that it could be poisonous if you have too many ginkgo one time. So I just put in 10 ginkgoes. And boil for another 15 Mins.

Serve hot.

You can also sprinkle a little spring onion.

Very nice soup!

Fried Burdock 

I used to think burdock can be only used as tea or medicine herbs. I never thought it could be cooked as usual vegetables.

Burdock is very good for health. This dish is very simple. Just rinse burdock in water, remove the peel. Then cut into think slices. Thin slices are easy to cook and will be very crunchy. Dust burdock slices with flour. 

Heat oil in the pan. Fry burdock slices till both sides turn golden brown.

No need to add any seasoning. Burdock tastes a bit sweet itself.

Easy Boiled Pumpkin

I love sweet pumpkin.

I found an easy way to cook pumpkin and fried it the other day.

1. Remove the seed and peel of pumpkin. And chop into medium chunks.

2. In a pan, pour in 200 ml water. Add in 2 tsp sugar, 2 tsp light soy sauce, 2 tsp mirin. And bring to boil.

3. Put pumpkin chunks into water. Cover the pan with lid. Turn to medium heat.

4. Keep heating till pumpkin is done or water is dry.

Easy, Healthy Roasted Pumpkin

I love pumpkins. They are sweet, soft and healthy. This way of cooking them just keep their original flavor.

1. Preheat oven to 200 degree C.

2. Clean pumpkin and remove the seeds. Cut them into smaller pieces.

3. Place them in baking pan. Roast for 30 mins.

4. Sprinkle a little cinnamon powder if you like. And roast for another 5-10 mins.

5. Place them in plate. Spread a little salt to strengthen their sweetness.

Chestnut Bread

Last time when my husband and I went back to my hometown in Shandong, China. I mentioned that I needed some chestnuts to bring back to Singapore for cooking. My auntie kept that in mind and bought me a big box of organic chestnut. I was really surprised. So I brought many packs back to Singapore.

Recently, this chestnut bread just came to my mind. So I tried with those chestnuts full of my family’s love.


Bread flour 150g

Whole grain flour 100g ( I used rough whole grain flour)

Yeast 6g

Sugar 12 g

Warm water 170ml

Salt 3g

Chestnut ( cooked already. I used many around 200g. They were chopped in blender, not very finely, but roughly)

1. Dissolve yeast in warm water.

2. Mix bread flour, whole grain flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl.

3. Add yeast water in dry ingredients.

4. Knead all ingredients into dough. Keep kneading for 20 mins. That takes a lot energy. 

5. Fold in chestnut.

6. Place dough in a big bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise till 2 times as big as before.

7. Knead the dough and press air out. Let it rest for 5 mins.

8. Make the dough into shape you like. I divided it into two smaller ones. Sprinkle some flour. Cover them with plastic wrap and let it rise again till 1.5 times as big as before.

9. Preheat oven to 190 degree C. Bake for 20 mins.

They smell so good. And my husband loves them. 

Very crunchy outside but soft inside.

And I believe they are healthy too.

Pan-fried Pumpkin

When I was in university, my best friend liked to order pan-fried pumpkin when we went to school canteen together. I was a little surprised. Pan-fried pumpkin is really that delicious? And now I also love this dish like she did.

It’s a healthy dish and easy to cook. First, peel pumpkin and chop it into medium chunks. Heat a little oil in the pan. Put in pumpkin chunks. Stir fry till pumpkin turns a little golden brown. Add in a little light soy sauce and oyster sauce. Stir fry evenly. Cover the pan with lid till pumpkin turns softened. (If pumpkin gets a little burnt, spread a little water). Sprinkle spring onion and salt. Stir fry evenly. Then it’s done.

Stir Fry Bok Choy With Beancurd

It’s a vegetarian recipe. Quick and easy.

First, fry bean curd slices in the pan with a little oil till both sides turn golden brown. Take bean curd out. Stir fry chopped garlic a bit, then put in bok choy. Stir fry till leaves shrink and color turns dark. Put bean curd back in the pan. Spread some salt, stir fry evenly and quickly for another minute or two. Then dish out.

Red Bean & Barley —A Recipe for People Who Suffers Edema Like Me

Recently, I am suffering serious edema. My figures are swollen. I can not even clench my fist. 

So I started this recipe 2 days ago. Every morning, I grab some red beans and barley and soak them in a bowl. In the afternoon, I pour them in the pot. Add in many many water, and cook till red beans get softened and cooked. It works well for me. At least, my figures are not as swollen as before.

Actually, you can soak red bean and barley for overnight, because red beans need to be soaked for hours. Then the next morning, you can cook them. If you don’t like the taste, you can add a little sugar, which will help make it taste better.

According to Chinese medicine, barley belongs to cold food by its property. So pregnant women shouldn’t eat it. And better not eat it a week before period or during period. And if you suffer constipation, please don’t eat it.

Even without barley, red beans are also helpful to ease edema.

Stir Fry Chicken Breast With Asparagus

It’s a low fat dish. And it’s very easy to cook.

1. Cut chicken breast and asparagus into small pieces.

2. Heat a little oil in the pan. 

3. Put in chicken breast. Stir fry till color turns white then a bit golden brown.

4. Add asparagus. Stir fry till asparagus’s color turns dark for around 2-3 mins.

5. Spread some chopped garlic granules, salt and black pepper. Quick stir evenly for another minute. And it’s done.