Monday, February 2, 2015

Cook: Baked Crab Stick

Baked crab stick... not advertising for Begawan Solo... just no other container.. hehe!


Fried crab stick is one of the popular snack during Chinese New Year but I have never attempted cause it uses lots of oil. Recently, came across many baked version/air fried version and seems pretty crispy as well so decided to attempt it as a trial...

To be honest, I am pretty surprised with the results. Even with very minimal oil, the crab stick turns out crispy and best thing, no oil on your hand after eating. Only few hours since I make the baked crab stick, more than half is gone! I think i may need to make more soon... 

INGREDIENTS:

1. 500g of crab stick (32 sticks)

This is the brand I use but I find that the crab stick layer is a bit thick-will need to find another type for my next attempt!
2. 3-4 tablespoon of oil , just enough to lightly coat the surface of the crab stick
3. Optional: curry powder or chilli powder

METHODS:

1. Defrost the crab meat stick completely (Either soak them in water with outer packaging intact or leave them at room temperature until crab stick soften)
2. Remove the plastic film covering each crab stick.
3. Wash the crab meat stick with water.
4. Drip them dry using a sieve.
5. Peel the crab stick layer by layer as shown.

Peeled crab meat stick
6. Let the crab meat dry out at room temperature for a while , around 15-30 minutes.
7. Add chilli powder or curry powder and toss to coat evenly (Optional)
8. Add 3-4 tablespoon of oil (I uses canola oil) and toss to coat the crab stick with oil. 
9. Place them side by side into preheated oven at 150 degree celcius as shown. Do not stack the crab stick, otherwise won't be crispy. 
10. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the crab stick turned brown and crispy.

Into the oven!
11. Once done, remove from oven onto a plate. Let them cool down for 10-15 minutes and then stored them into an airtight container or into your mouth! 
Cooling down..
It is hard not to keep popping them into your mouth so do make extra!!!

**UPDATED
Made a second batch before 15 days of Lunar New Year end with Dodo Brand.

Dodo Crab Stick
My personal opinion is that with this brand, it is easier to peel as in the layers doesn't tear easily compared to the previous brand that i used. The baked crab stick also turned out to the thinner but personally i feel that the taste is not as good, it is relatively saltier and not so fragrant. Will still go for the previous brand in my future attempt! :)