Sunday, August 25, 2013

25 Aug 13 (Sun) - Scrambled Egg White with Fish and Seafood Sticks

Was reading the newspaper few days ago when I saw a picture of this dish called Scrambled Egg White with Fish and Dried Scallops. It was a promotion by the Paradise Group to celebrate their 1st year anniversary for the suburban outlets at Causeway Point and Lot One Shoppers’ Mall. The dish looked good and so decided to try it out this weekend. I didn't have any recipe and so searched the Internet for one or something similar.

Managed to find something similar and did some modifications since I didn't have dried scallops and didn't want to make too big a portion.

100g egg white (2 medium size eggs)
4 seafood sticks (only the red portion)
20g shredded fish
20ml chicken stock
pinch of salt and sugar
1 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1.5 tsp water
1 tsp Chinese wine
1 raw egg yolk

1.  Combine egg white, seafood sticks, shredded fish and mix well
2.  Heat some oil and pour the egg white mixture in
3.  Stir continuously with a whisk to prevent coagulating till it is 70% cooked
4.  Strain and set aside
5.  Heat some oil, add chicken stock, salt, sugar, cornstarch and wine
6.  Stir well to thicken mixture, add the cooked egg white mixture and mix well
7.  Off heat and transfer to a serving plate
8.  Top with a raw egg yolk

Ideally the dish should be eaten with Chinese black vinegar, unfortunately I didn't have that. Did some digging and found this little story behind the dish.

A long time ago, the king of China wanted to try crab. Since he was based in Northern China, there was little access to seafood. Actually, even if they had crab, his subjects would not dare serve it to the king because if the king gets careless and bites the shell, the subject who served him the crab would be killed. The dish was concocted by the family cook of a Shanghai general using fish, scallop, egg white and black vinegar. They sent the dish to the king who loved it. This is why the dish's Chinese name is Artificial Crab.

Cooked a vegetable dish and today's meal was Chinese cuisine consisting of Scrambled Egg White with Fish and Seafood Sticks, Oyster Sauce Choy Sum and Lingonberry Drink with Blue Sago.

Browsed the Paradise Group webpage and found another promotion called The Chef's Challenge. The middle dish on the first row was the one I saw few weeks back that prompted me to try the experimental Chilled Sweet Potato in Pumpkin Soup.

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