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Crab Omelette with Candy & Bitter Sauce (Kanitama)


Crab Omelette with Candy & Bitter Sauce (Kanitama) is a Chinese language dish, however the texture and the flavour of the sauce are made to swimsuit to the Japanese palate. The fluffy omelette accommodates crab flavoured fishcake and greens.

Hero Shot of Crab Omelette with Sweet & Sour Sauce (Kanitama).

The Chinese language title of at present’s dish is ‘foo yung hai’ (芙蓉蟹), which originated in Chinese language Indonesian Delicacies. The components embody overwhelmed eggs, greens, and meats corresponding to crab meat, the place the final character of the Chinese language title ‘蟹’ got here from.

The Japanese title for Crab Omelette is ‘kanitama’ (蟹玉 or カニ玉), which interprets to crab egg. The character ‘玉’ is the primary character of  ‘tamago’ (玉子), i.e. egg. It’s similar to how the Japanese title of Garlic Chives And Egg Stir-fry with Bean Sprouts, my different egg dish, bought the title ‘niratama’ (ニラ玉).

Showing Niratama and Kanitama.

Niratama (left) and Kanitama (proper).

Excepting the thick sauce, Kanitama is nearly equivalent to the topping of Tenshinhan (天津飯) which I posted a while in the past. There are various variations of the Crab Omelette, however in Japan it at all times makes use of crab meat because the title suggests. The greens can fluctuate as long as they’re good for stir-fry.

Scooping some of the Kanitama from the plate.

Funds Model of Crab Omelette with Candy & Bitter Sauce

I referenced the Crab Omelette with Candy & Bitter Sauce (Kanitama) recipe by Iron Chef Chinese language, Chen Kenichi, to give you my Crab Omelette with Candy & Bitter Sauce. The Iron Chef’s recipe makes use of actual crab meat, however I used imitation crab meat known as ‘kanikama’ (カニカマ), as a result of crab meat is dear and I needed it to be a weekday meal.

Kanikama is a crab flavoured fishcake and is bought as ‘crab sticks’ in English (pattern photograph beneath). It’s made by mixing white flesh fish paste, crab extract, salt, starch, and egg white, so it does comprise protein. It’s naturally less expensive than actual crab, so at present’s recipe is a price range meals recipe.

Showing a pack of Kanikama - imitation crab meat sticks that are made of fish cake and few crab sticks.

Extra particulars of kanikama might be discovered within the ALTERNATIVE TO CRAB MEAT – KANIKAMA part of the submit Tenshinhan.

The Iron Chef’s recipe additionally makes use of various oil as a result of it’s a Chinese language dish. A considerable amount of oil makes the stir-fried egg fluffier, however I minimize down the amount of oil barely to be a bit more healthy.

What’s in My Crab Omelette with Candy & Bitter Sauce

There are fairly a number of components concerned on this recipe, however all of them are acquainted components.

Omelette

Ingredients for Kanitama Omelette.

  • Eggs
  • Kanikama (crab flavoured fishcakes), shredded
  • Dried shiitake mushrooms, rehydrated and thinly sliced
  • Enoki and white shimeji mushrooms minimize into quick items
  • Inexperienced onion, diagonally sliced
  • Ginger finely julienned
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cooking sake
  • Sesame oil
  • Oil

Vegetables and imitation crab meat cut into small pieces.

If in case you have freshly cooked crab meat or crab meat in a tin, by all means, use it instead. Attempt to get some giant chunks of meat in case you are utilizing actual crab meat.

Enoki and white shimeji mushrooms might be substituted with different Asian mushrooms. The kanikama and greens must be minimize into related sizes, as a result of they’re blended within the egg.

Candy and Bitter Sauce

Ingredients for Sweet & Sour Sauce.

  • Chinese language-style Rooster broth
  • Cooking sake
  • Sugar
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Salt
  • Soy sauce
  • Corn flour diluted in water

You should use Best Chinese language Rooster Broth or use a inventory dice/paste diluted in sizzling water. It’s also OK to make use of rooster and pork broth if the flavour of the pork isn’t dominant.

I used a Japanese immediate broth paste known as ‘weipā’ (味覇 or ウェイパー), which is produced from rooster and pork bones. I like this broth as a result of the paste dissolves very simply.

A can of Japanese instant broth paste.

Learn how to Make Crab Omelette with Candy & Bitter Sauce

There are 3 main steps – stir-fry crab and greens, prepare dinner fluffy omelette with crab and greens, and prepare dinner candy & bitter sauce.

Step-by-step photo of making Crab Omelette with Sweet & Sour Sauce (Kanitama).

  1. Add oil to a wok or a frying pan and stir-fry greens.
  2. Add kanikama to the wok/pan, stir-fry, then sprinkle sesame oil over. Switch to a plate and let it cool barely.
  3. Beat the eggs in a bowl, then add salt, pepper, and cooking sake to the bowl. Combine.
  4. Put the stir-fried greens with kanikama and inexperienced onions into the egg and roughly combine.
  5. Warmth the pan with oil over excessive warmth and prepare dinner the egg combination right into a spherical form. Switch the omelette to a serving plate.
  6. Wipe the wok/pan, put all of the Candy and Bitter Sauce components in, excluding corn flour/cornstarch, and convey it to a boil.
  7. Add corn flour/cornstarch to thicken the sauce and pour it over the omelette.

It’s ultimate to make use of a small frying pan in order that the omelette is not going to be unfold skinny and vast. Should you solely have a big frying pan, attempt to shift the egg combination in the direction of the centre because the outer fringe of the egg combination begins getting cooked, and use solely the centre of the frying pan.

For this very purpose, utilizing a wok will make the shaping of the omelette simpler.

Kanitama on a small plate.

The flippantly seasoned Candy and Bitter Sauce means that you can benefit from the flavour of the omelette. The semi-transparent thickened sauce is delicate, and completely different from the candy and bitter sauce for Tenshinhan.

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Hero Shot of Crab Omelette with Sweet & Sour Sauce (Kanitama).

Crab Omelette with Candy & Bitter Sauce (Kanitama)

Crab Omelette with Candy & Bitter Sauce (Kanitama) is a Chinese language dish, however the texture and the flavour of the sauce are tailored to the Japanese palate. The fluffy omelette is made with crab meat and greens. It is a price range meals.

Prep Time doesn’t embody the time to rehydrate dried shiitake mushrooms.

Remember to see the part ‘MEAL IDEAS’ beneath the recipe card! It provides you a listing of dishes that I’ve already posted and this recipe that may make up an entire meal. I hope it’s of assist to you.

Recipe Sort:

Major

Delicacies:

Japanese

Serves: 2

Writer: Yumiko

Substances (tbsp=15ml, cup=250ml)

Omelette

  • 4
    eggs
  • 100g/3.5oz
    kanikama
    (crab flavoured fishcake, be aware 1)
  • 3
    dried shiitake mushrooms
    rehydrated (be aware 2)
  • 50g/1.8oz
    enoki and white shimeji mushrooms
    (be aware 3)
  • 30g/1.1oz
    inexperienced onion
  • 1-2
    tbsp
    ginger
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of pepper
  • 2
    tbsp
    cooking sake
  • 1
    tsp
    sesame oil
  • 2
    tbsp
    oil
    (separated)

Candy & Bitter Sauce

  • 200ml/6.8fl oz
    rooster broth
    (be aware 4)
  • 1
    tbsp
    cooking sake
  • 1
    tbsp
    sugar
  • 1
    tbsp
    rice wine vinegar

  • tsp
    salt
    (be aware 5)
  • 1/8
    tsp
    soy sauce
  • 1.5
    tbsp
    corn flour/cornstarch diluted in 1.5 tbsp water

Directions

Preparation

  1. Kanikama: Shred kanikama into about 4-5cm/1 9⁄16 -2” lengthy items (be aware 6).

  2. Shiitake mushrooms: Squeeze the water out of the rehydrated shiitake mushrooms, take away the arduous a part of the stems, and minimize them into 2mm thick slices.

  3. Enoki mushrooms: Trim off the basis part of the enoki mushrooms, bunch them collectively, and minimize them into 2-3 quick stems (about 3-4cm/1⅛-1 9⁄16“ lengthy).

  4. Shimeji mushrooms: Trim the clustering a part of the stem on the backside and separate stems. Halve the size if the stem may be very lengthy (like my white shimeji mushrooms).

  5. Inexperienced onion: diagonally minimize into about 3-4cm/1⅛-1 9⁄16“ lengthy.

  6. Ginger: Julianne very finely.

Making Omelette

  1. Warmth a frying pan (be aware 7) or a wok over excessive warmth and unfold 1 tablespoon of oil round.

  2. Put all of the mushrooms and ginger to the pan/wok and stir-fry till the mushrooms are wilted.

  3. Add kanikama to the pan/wok and stir-fry shortly, then sprinkle sesame oil over. Switch to a plate and let it cool barely.

  4. Beat the eggs in a bowl gently (be aware 8), then add salt, pepper, and cooking sake to the bowl. Combine.

  5. Put the stir-fried greens with kanikama and inexperienced onions into the egg, then combine roughly.

  6. Warmth the pan/wok with remaining oil over excessive warmth and pour the egg combination in.

  7. As quickly because the outer fringe of the egg combination is getting cooked, use a spatula or chopsticks to fold the periphery into the centre, then combine with the raw a part of the egg combination (be aware 7).

  8. When the egg is nearly cooked by way of however has a small quantity of raw egg nonetheless left, flip the warmth off and switch the omelette to a serving plate.

Making Candy & Bitter Sauce and Serving

  1. Wipe the pan/wok, add all of the Candy and Bitter Sauce components, excluding corn flour/cornstarch, and convey it to a boil, mixing nicely and making certain that the sugar and salt are dissolved.

  2. Add corn flour/cornstarch to the sauce in a swirling movement (be aware 9) whereas mixing the sauce with a spatula or chopsticks.

  3. When the sauce begins effervescent and thickens, flip the warmth off and pour the sauce over the omelette.

Recipe Notes

1. Kanitama is supposed to make use of actual crab meat, however I used imitation crab meat to chop down the price. Please see the pattern photograph of kanikama within the submit.

If in case you have cooked crab meat or tinned crab meat, you need to use it as a substitute. The dish seems higher in case you have some meat that has the form of a crab leg.

2. I used medium-size dried shiitake mushrooms.

3. You should use different mushrooms corresponding to shimeji mushrooms and oyster mushrooms.

4. You possibly can seek advice from Best Chinese language Rooster Broth to make a broth from scratch.

As a substitute, you need to use a inventory dice/paste diluted in water/sizzling water as per the directions.

It’s also OK to make use of rooster and pork broth if the flavour of the pork isn’t dominant. I used a Japanese immediate broth paste known as ‘weipā’ (味覇 or ウェイパー), which is produced from rooster and pork bones. See the photograph within the submit.

5. If you’re utilizing a inventory dice/paste, cut back the quantity of salt to ¼ teaspoon.

6. If you’re utilizing actual crab meat and the leg meat may be very lengthy, break it into smaller items.

7. It’s ultimate to make use of a medium dimension frying pan. My frying pan was 25cm/10″ in diameter with a spherical outer backside.

Should you solely have a big frying pan, attempt to shift the egg combination in the direction of the centre because the outer fringe of the egg combination begins getting cooked, and use solely the centre of the frying pan.

8. Overbeating the egg makes the omelette much less fluffy.

9. The quantity of the sauce can fluctuate barely relying on the scale of your pan and the energy of the warmth, and so forth., i.e. evaporation charge varies. Chances are you’ll wish to add of the corn flour + water initially to check the thickness of the sauce earlier than including the remainder of it.

10. Vitamin per serving.

serving: 372g energy: 416kcal fats: 23g (29%) saturated fats: 4.8g (24%) trans fats: 0.2g polyunsaturated fats: 4.8g monounsaturated fats: 12g ldl cholesterol: 402mg (134%) sodium: 1.13mg (44%) carbohydrates: 25g (9%) dietary fibre: 2.6g (9%) sugar: 8g protein: 21g vitamin D: 3mcg (13%) calcium: 82mg (6%) iron: 2.8mg (16%) potassium: 576mg (12%)

 

Meal Concepts

A typical Japanese meal consists of a primary dish, a few aspect dishes, a soup and rice. I attempt to give you a mixture of dishes with quite a lot of flavours, colors, textures and make-ahead dishes.

Since my Crab Omelette with Candy & Bitter Sauce (Kanitama) is a price range meals, I made a decision to chop down the price of the meal at present by choosing the dishes that don’t price a lot however have good dietary values.

Each bean sprouts and tofu are price efficient components. By mixing with the greens, tofu can go a great distance. Should you discover that Shira-ae is just too plain, you possibly can have Iri Dofu as a substitute.

Meal idea with Crab Omelette with Sweet & Sour Sauce (Kanitama).

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