FINALLY! Woke up early enough this morning to go to the wet market at Menjalara. Actually, we went out and came back around 2.30am and was wondering if I am able to wake up at all to go to the wet market. But somehow, my subconsciousness must have been thinking of the juicy yummy crab with egg too! *GRIN*. So, I woke up at 10.30am and babe of course still in bed sleeping like a big piece of wood. He didn't even know I went out I think.
The wet market is located about 10minutes drive from the main road. The main purpose of going there was to look for mud crab, i.e. those black color crab instead of flower crab from the sea. From what I understand, it is pretty hard to find them here in KL. Back home in Kuching, we can sometimes see people selling the mud crab at the side of the road. Usually, depending on the size, the crab are sold between RM14-18 per kg.
Anyway, the wet market. It is actually slightly different than the wet market back home in Kuching. It still have all those stalls with wooden tables under a few big umbrella trying to shelter from the big bad sun. The difference is in the arrangement of the stalls! Totally no organisation whatsoever. In Kuching's wet market, the same kind of stalls will usually be pretty much stick together at one place. But here, a stall selling pork will be wedged in between a stall selling chicken and vegetables which might be next to the a stall selling tshirts.
Walk a few feet down, you will see a stall selling cooked pork dishes in front of the seafood stall! And then there is the dry goods stall such as dried mushroom, nuts and so forth. Which might be next to the stall selling vegetables with salted fish? In short, CHOAS! HAHAHA! There is actually a stall in the middle of all this selling fried banana fritters (cucur pisang) which is opposite a stall selling a few different kinds of ginger! Of course, there are plenty of people everywhere but surprisingly, I do not see any flies around.
I mean, at the wet market, you will usually see flies lingering around somewhere. Oh yah, the ground are actually DRY! Guess this might have contributed some to the fly-lessness but pretty hard to believe huh a wet market that is actually dry! Anyway, done my marketing in less than an hour. Bought 1kg XL white prawn - RM20, 1kg mud crab(about 4 pieces medium size ones)- RM28, 1 container of yam pork belly - RM8.50, 1 bitter gourd and 2 petola - RM6, 1 slice of pork belly and some pork rib - rm26.
So, around 11am, I actually finsihed shopping. However, I only managed to get home around 11.45am. 45minutes to reach home. Why? BECAUSE I LOST MY WAY!!! *SOB SOB SOB* I have a map with the way to go back until the main road but from the main road, I am SUPPOSE to know how to go back to my area using the back road! And OF COURSE I didn't know or else I won't be lost mar! Usually, babe will be the one driving when we used the backroad home a few times. So, I didn't pay much attention lor. I almost wanted to call babe for rescue but in the end, managed to get to the normal main road, instead of backroad.SIGH!! WASTED HALF HOUR!
By the time I am home, already almost 12noon and I think I must be slightly dehydrated and low sugar in my system because I was feeling so tired and shaken. Good thing babe have some coca cola in the fridge. Babe only woke up about half hour later when I am ready to kill the crab! He, of course, didn't believe that I went to the wet market by myself and managed to buy the mud crab. AND he laughed when I told him I lost my way for half hour!! GGGRR!!!
Killed the crabs, clean them and crack their big claw. Of course, when I was sticking the knife into the bellies, I did feel like a murderer. I mean, the crabs were practically scrambling and trying to run away from me. If they can talk, I am sure it will say DONT EAT ME! HELP! But, the memory of those tender juicy white flesh dripping with sauces and eggs just makes me drool and forget the fact that I am killing something that was alive. This is what I call the POWER OF MIND! HAHAHA!
So, Crab with Egg Stirfry is the version that we usually can find in Kuching but over here, I got this feeling that most people have no idea that it can be done this way. Besides the famous chilli crab, there is also the cheese crab and salted duck egg crab which have some gravy so that the fried bun can mop up the juice with it soft yummy flesh. At first, this is very refreshing but after a while, we really miss the dry stirfry type where the eggs absorb all the flavour and some of it stick to the shell of the crab.
So, this is what you need:
1. 4-5 cloves of garlic - chopped
2. 1 thumbsize young ginger - sliced
3. 1 lemon grass - smashed
4. 3 chicken eggs
5. 1kg mud crab - cleaned and claw cracked
Black pepper, salt and chicken stock powderfor taste.
Heat about 3-4 tablespoon of cooking oil in a big wok. Throw the chopped garlic, sliced ginger and smashed lemon grass and fry till fragrant. Add the crabs and stir it well, add about 1/3 cup of water and cover the wok. Leave it for about 10minutes, stirring it occassionally. By this time, the crab should be turning red. Push the crabs to the side of the wok and make a small space in the middle of the wok. Add 3-4spoon of cooking oil and crack the eggs into that. Stir it slightly till the eggs are slightly cook. Then mix EVERYTHING together, the crab and egg. Add black pepper, salt and chicken stock powder. DONE!!! GO GRAB THE PLATES AND START EATING! HAHA