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SPOTTED SEA CRAB WITH TOFU POT
 

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INGREDIENTS :
1 spotted sea crab, 1/2 piece of tofu, 4 cloves of garlic, 1 stalk of celery, 4 cups of oil.

SEASONINGS:
(1) 4T potato starch, 1T Shaoxing wine.
(2) 1T Shaoxing wine, some ground white pepper, 4 cups of stock.
(3) 1/2t salt.
 
PREPARATION :
1. Put each crab on the counter with its back facing down; Insert a knife through its abdomen and hold it till the crab has stopped moving; Remove the reeds/strings; Separate the carapace from its body by lifting it; Discard the gills, the guts and the gizzard in the lower center part of carapace; Scrub the crab with a small brush to discard the dirt; Rinse and drain; Cut each half into 3 pieces; Cut pincer into halves; Keep the carapace in whole; Wipe dry; Marinate in seasoning (1) briefly.
2. Soak tofu in salty water for 10 minutes; Remove; Cut into long pieces.
3. Peel, rinse and mince garlic; Rinse and cut celery into sections.
4. Add 4 cups of oil to a wok; Bring to the boil over a high heat; Jiggle the crab in the oil over a high heat for 1 minute; Remove and drain.
5. Set the oil aside, leaving 2T oil; Heat the wok over a high heat; Pan-fry tofu over a low heat till both sides have been slightly brown and remove; Stir-fry minced garlic over a low heat till fragrant and crispy; Remove.
6. Arrange the tofu to a pot; Add seasoning (2); Bring to the boil over a high heat; Turn to a low heat; Arrange the crab on the top of tofu; Cook over a low heat briefly; Sprinkle with garlic; Cook over a low heat till done; Add seasoning (3); Turn off the heat; Garnish with celery. Ready to serve.

COOKING TIPS:
After separating the carapace from the crab's body, it is important to discard the gills, guts and the gizzard completely, and scrub the crab thoroughly with a small brush, so that the mud and dirt would not get into the sauce, affecting the taste and even the health.
 
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