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      Title: STUFFED LOBSTER TAILS
 Categories: Chinese, Appetizers, Ceideburg 2
      Yield: 1 servings
 
     12    Fresh lobsters (450 gms)
    1/2 c  Diced water chestnut (or
           -celery)
           Cooking oil

---------------------CORNSTARCH MIXTURE--------------------------
        pn Of salt
    1/4 ts Cornstarch
      1 tb Stock (or water)

----------------------PORTUGUESE SAUCE---------------------------
      3 tb Butter
  1 1/2 tb Flour
    1/3 c  Coconut juice
    1/3 c  Stock (or water)
  1 1/2 tb Evaporated milk
  1 1/2 ts Curry powder
    1/2 ts Salt

--------------------------STUFFING-------------------------------
    1/2 c  Finely chopped skinless raw
           -chicken meat
    1/2 c  Finely chopped onion
    1/4 c  Finely chopped abalone (or
           -button mushrooms)
      8    Presoaked and finely
           -chopped small dried black
           -Chinese mushrooms
    1/8 c  Finely chopped Chinese
           -celery (or Western celery)
      1 tb Finely chopped dry shallots
    1/3 c  Chopped raw lobster meat
           -(shrimp or ham)
           Cooking oil

--------------------------COATING-------------------------------
      2    Beaten eggs
           Bread crumbs

--------------------------GARNISH-------------------------------
      1    Or 2 dried scallops (or red
           -pepper)
 
  This is a relatively simple one.  From the picture in the book, the
  lobsters are Australian rock lobsters or spiney lobsters.  They're
  much smaller that our Maine lobsters.  This probably fits the bill
  for the "New" Hong Kong cuisine in that it uses butter and milk.  I'd
  think this would probably be quite good made with Dungeness crab as
  well as lobster. Establishment: The Regent Hotel (Hong Kong)
  Salisbury Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon.
  
  Chef: Chinese Cuisine Practical Class Platinum Award ++ Seafood
  STUFFED LOBSTER TAILS (12 servings) Chef: Ip Wah (The Regent Hotel)
  
  The literal translation, "Healthy and Spirited Dragon and Horse"
  cannot convey the symbolic values of the poetically rhyming Chinese
  characters. In the Cantonese dialect, a lobster is a "dragon shrimp"
  and the word for "horse" sounds similar to part of "water chestnut".
  Both creatures summon up images of power, stamina, elegance and other
  desired virtues.
  
  To prepare: 1. Soak and wash dried scallops. Shred and deep-fry until
  crisp, and put aside for garnish. If using red pepper, chop finely. 2.
  Remove lobster shells.  Retain tails and clean.  Set aside enough
  uncooked lobster meat required for stuffing, and dice it fairly
  finely. Chop remaining lobster meat into small square chunks. 3.
  Prepare cornstarch mixture, mixing well.
  
  To cook: 1. For Portuguese sauce, heat butter over low flame, add
  flour, then rest of sauce ingredients.  Cook into a paste, set aside.
  2. For stuffing, saute ingredients in a little oil over low flame.
  Add Portuguese sauce.  Remove from heat and when cooled, stuff into
  lobster tail shells. Brush exposed stuffing with egg, sprinkle with
  bread crumbs. 3. Heat until smoking, sufficient oil for deep-frying,
  lower flame, and immerse stuffed lobster tails (stuffing facing
  upwards) for 5 minutes, or until golden. Remove from wok.
  (Alternatively, bake unbread-crumbed stuffed lobster tails in a hot
  oven for 3 to 5 minutes, until surfaces are dry. Brush with egg and
  coat with bread crumbs, bake again until golden.) 4. For lobster meat
  chunks, heat wok, add 4 to 5 cups of oil.  When oil is at medium heat
  add lobster meat and blanch to seal in the juice. Remove lobster.
  Clean and reheat wok with 1/2 cup oil, and stir-fry lobster with
  diced water chestnut (or celery) and cornstarch mixture for 1 minute.
  
  To present: 1. Place stir-fried mixture in centre of platter, and
  sprinkle shredded dried scallops (or chopped red pepper) over. 2.
  Arrange lobster tails in a circle around it.
  
  From "Champion Recipes of the 1986 Hong Kong Food Festival".  Hong
  Kong Tourist Association, 1986.
  
  Posted by Stephen Ceideberg; October 28 1992.


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