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Lobster with Ginger Sauce

This was yummy, but quite spicy. The ingredients were:

  • Lobster, 2 pounds, cooked
  • Oil
  • Garlic, 4 cloves, minced
  • Sugar, 1 tablespoon
  • Fish sauce, 1 tablespoon
  • Oyster sauce, 2 tablespoons
  • Egg, 1, scrambled
  • Black pepper, 1 teaspoon
  • Ginger, 2 tablespoons
  • Jalapeno peppers, 2, sliced
  • Scallions, 1/2 cup, diced
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The ingredients.

This was my first time cooking with lobster. It was a bit intimidating, but a lot less so with the help of the internets. I was told that I had a few choices about how to cook the thing, and I chose to steam it. Notice how the color of the shell changed, indicating the lobster was ready? That’s a sign that God exists.

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The place I’d love to be.

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Who doesn’t want to be steamed and scalded?

The recipe called for the lobster to be retained in the shell at this stage, but I disagreed. I thought I’d prefer to remove the shell now, while it was relatively easy and clean, instead of later on. So, being an independent-minded sort, that’s exactly what I did.

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All that lobster yields so little lobster.

The rest of the cooking is pretty straightforward. Add the oil and everything except the lobster and cook for a while, until you like the look of the egg and the scallions.

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The next stage of the cooking process.

Then add in the lobster.

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The best part.

Cook for just long enough to warm the lobster and you’re done.

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Lobster is so good.

If I had it to do again, I’d probably use one less hot pepper, but you do you!

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Spicy Catfish

My note for this recipe is one word: “yummy.” The ingredients are:

  • Catfish, 2 lbs
  • Thai Eggplant, 1-2 cups, cut into wedges
  • Thai basil leaves, 1 cup or so
  • Lemon grass, 4 stalks
  • Garlic, 12 cloves, minced
  • Fish sauce, 1/2 cup
  • Sugar, 2 tablespoons
  • Lesser Ginger, 1/2 cup, thinly sliced
  • Oil
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The ingredients.

I have to say, I looked at the local Asian markets and couldn’t find fresh lesser ginger. So I bought it dried, online.

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Lesser ginger.

When you get it dried, you should soak it before you cook with it. I soaked it for half an hour or so, but I’d actually recommend 2-3 times as long.

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Soaking.

The cooking instructions are so simple, that you may find (like I did) that your first step should simply be to prepare the ingredients. This is the eggplant, basil, lemongrass.

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Prepped.

Oh, and garlic.

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Pre-mince.

Remember when I said the cooking instructions were simple? Well, they are. Heat the oil in a skillet, then add the catfish.

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The catfish.

And then, you know, everything else.

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In the skillet.

Cook until the catfish is done, and then the meal is done.

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Done.

We ate ours over rice!

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Yum!

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Calamari That’s Spicy (But Not Really)

Another Thai adventure; here’s the ingredients:

  • Cleaned Squid, 2 lbs
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato
  • Garlic, 10 cloves, minced
  • Cornstarch, 2 tablespoons
  • White pepper, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sugar, 2 tablespoons
  • Soy sauce, 2 tablespoons
  • Fish sauce, 4 tablespoons
  • White wine, 4 tablespoons
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The ingredients.

This was my first time cooking with squid, and it was fun. The first step is to create the marinade, by mixing all of the ingredients with the exception of the garnishes (cucumber and tomato) and the squid. When you do, it looks like this:

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The marinade.

The squid itself requires a bit more work. This is what a mantle looks like:

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The mantle.

After it’s been washed and whatnot, you should do a bunch of scoring – hatch marks diagonally in both directions. This will help soften the squid as it cooks, and allow the flavors of the marinade to more deeply penetrate and infuse the flesh.

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The mantle, scored.

Then slice it up into strips or rings or whatever you like. You may also have some tentacle bits, as we did. Again, you’ll wash these.

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Tentacles!

Then add everything into the marinade and let it steep for at least 10 minutes.

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Marinading.

Then stir-fry on the stove, in some oil (I separated the squid from the marinade because it was, after all, just a marinade).

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Saute!

When the squid is firm and curled, you’ll know you’re done cooking.

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Curly bits.

Then garnish and you’re done. Yum!

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Done!

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Pork and Beans, But Thai

This recipe was delicious, and would have been a lot less arduous if I hadn’t misunderstood the instructions. The ingredients:

  • Ground pork, 1 pound
  • Shrimp, peeled, 8 oz to 1 pound
  • Snake beans, 1 pound
  • Thai chili peppers, 6-10
  • Bell peppers, 1-2
  • Garlic, 16 cloves, minced
  • Shrimp paste, 2 tablespoons
  • Fish sauce, 6 tablespoons
  • Lime juice, 6 tablespoons
  • Brown sugar, 4 tablespoons
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The ingredients.

These are snake beans, by the way. They taste more or less like green beans do; they’re just extraordinarily long. I found these at an asian market.

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Snake beans, before.

My misunderstanding was this: the instructions said that I should remove the beans from their pods. So I did so. But that’s not necessary with snake beans. Whoops.

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Snake beans, after.

These are the beans that resulted. But again, it would have been fine if I’d just used them like green beans.

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Snake beans, after.

The next step is to crush the garlic, shrimp paste, and chili peppers together, until they’re well-mashed. Using a mortar and pestle would be appropriate, here.

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Crushing things is fun.

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Crushed.

Next, add in the sugar, fish sauce, and lime juice. Let that stew for a while.

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Stewing.

In a pan, start to stir-fry the ground pork in some oil.

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Ground pork is ground.

Then start to add everything else. First, the bell peppers.

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With bell peppers.

Then the shrimp and the paste mixture. Cook until everything seems done to you, and enjoy.

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And all the rest. Enjoy!

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Jungle Catfish Curry

This dish was good, but not exceptional. Be forewarned. The ingredients:

  • Catfish, 1.5 pounds, cut into cubes or 1-inch slices
  • Thai eggplant, 1 cup
  • Jalapeno pepper, sliced, 1/4 cup
  • Thai basil, 1/2 cup
  • Kaffir lime leaves, 10
  • Fish sauce, 1/4 cup
  • Water, 3 cups

And for the paste:

  • Shallots, 8
  • Garlic, 6 cloves
  • Jalapeno peppers, 4-6
  • Canned peppercorns, 1 teaspoon
  • Shrimp paste, 1 teaspoon
  • Salt, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Lesser ginger, 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Lemongrass, 2 tablespoons, chopped
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The ingredients.

Some of the ingredients are a little unusual, or hard to find. The Thai eggplants I found at an asian market.

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Thai eggplants. They’re like American eggplants, but different.

The lesser ginger I couldn’t find fresh, and so I had to order it dried, and online. When you use it, be sure to soak it in water for at least 30 minutes beforehand.

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The lesser ginger.

Finally, I found the canned peppercorns at an asian market, as well. They look like this:

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Canned peppercorns.

Blend together all the ingredients for the paste, until it looks something like this:

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The paste.

Then add the paste to a pan with some oil and fry for about a minute. Then, add in the fish, vegetables, kaffir lime leaves, water, and fish sauce.

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Into the pot it goes.

While they’re cooking, you can prepare some of the remaining ingredients: the jalapeno and thai basil.

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Slicing and washing.

Once everything else is cooked down to your satisfaction, add in the basil and jalapeno, and dinner is served!

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Enjoy.

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Seafood with Lemongrass

Oh my, this was delicious. Delicious!!! The ingredients:

  • Shrimp, shelled, about 8 oz
  • Scallops, about 8 oz
  • Fish fillets, about 8 oz
  • Mussels, about 8 oz
  • Bamboo shoots, 1 can
  • Mushrooms, 8 oz
  • Green bell pepper, sliced
  • Thai basil, 2/3 cup
  • Lemongrass, copped, about 2 stalks’ worth
  • Sugar, 1 tablespoon
  • Fish sauce, 1/2 cup
  • Coconut milk, 1 can
  • Green curry paste, 1/2 cup
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The ingredients.

First, you’ll want to prep the ingredients. I used fresh mussels, but you don’t have to. But if you do, you may want to wash them, and possibly debeard them.

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Mussel prep.

The other seafood is easier to prepare.

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Seafood prep.

Put the seafood in the pan, along with some oil, and saute on high heat for 2 minutes or so.

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Seafood in the pan.

This should be enough time for you to cut and slice the mushrooms and peppers.

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Veggie prep.

Then add them to the pan as well, along with all the other ingredients.

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Veggies in the pan.

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Along with everything else.

Cook until everything is done and the vegetables are at your desired texture. Enjoy! This dish is amazing.

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Seriously: yum.

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Fish With Pickled Plums

Sadly, this recipe was a failure. Admittedly, I made the dish with fillets instead of whole fish, and that may have made a difference. But as it was, it was barely edible. So naturally, you’ll want to know the recipe. The ingredients are:

  • Fish, cod or some other white fish, 1.5 pounds (again, I used fillets rather than a whole fish)
  • Jalapeno peppers, 2, sliced
  • Pickled plums, 3, slivered
  • Lime juice, 2 tablespoons
  • White wine, 1 tablespoon
  • Ginger, slivered, 2 tablespoons
  • Fish sauce, 1 tablespoon
  • Salt, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Ground white pepper, 1/2 teaspoon
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The ingredients.

The unique ingredient here is pickled plum. I found mine at a Japanese grocery.

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The pickled plums.

This is what they look like, in case you’re curious.

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The pickled plums.

The first step is to coat the fish in the salt and pepper, which I did by shaking it in a bag, like so.

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Prepping the fish.

Then place it on a steaming plate.

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Steaming.

Add in the rest of the ingredients as well.

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Steaming.

Then cover and steam for 30 minutes, and you’re done. Enjoy? I didn’t, but as I said – if you use a whole fish, you may have better results.

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Yum? Ummm…

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Curried Shrimp

This dish was tasty. The ingredients were:

  • Shrimp, 1 pound (can be salad shrimp; they needn’t be large)
  • Onion, 1, sliced
  • Red and Green Bell Pepper, 1 each, sliced
  • Thai basil, 1 bag
  • Garlic, 6 cloves, minced
  • Sugar, 3 tablespoons
  • Fish sauce, 4 tablespoons
  • Oyster sauce, 2 tablespoons
  • Curry powder, 4 tablespoons
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The ingredients.

This was so easy to make. In fact, you may spend the most time simply preparing the ingredients. Like so, with the peppers and onions:

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Sliced.

Thai basil isn’t like regular basil. Substituting the latter for the former doesn’t really work. But if you have an Asian market nearby, you can look for fresh Thai basil there. It looks like this:

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Thai basil.

As far as the cooking goes, start with the shrimp and garlic in the oil, and saute for a minute or two. You want the shrimp heated up, but remember: it’s already been cooked (it likely says so on the bag). Cooking it for too long will turn it to mush.

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Start with the shrimp and garlic.

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Adding the sugar, dish sauce, oyster sauce.

Then, add everything else.

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Adding the veggies.

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Adding the curry powder.

Cook until the veggies are crunchy or soft enough for your taste, and you’re done.

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Eat it!

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Sushi!

I love sushi. It’s so delicious, but I rarely have it because (a) I rarely go out to eat, and (b) sushi is often so expensive that I rarely get it, even when I do go out.

So why not make it myself? I’d always wanted to.

So I gave it a try. The ingredients for the rice are:

  • Sushi rice (1 cup)
  • Water (2 cups)
  • Rice wine vinegar (3 Tbsp)
  • Sugar (2 Tbsp)
  • Salt (1/2 tsp)

And for the spicy sauce:

  • Mayonnaise (1 tbsp)
  • Sriracha (1 tsp)
  • Lemon juice (1 tsp)
  • Sesame oil (1/2 tsp)

And for the rest:

  • Nori (dried seaweed)
  • Chopped veggies of your choice (I used carrot, cucumber, and avocado)
  • Meat of your choice (I used smoked salmon and tuna)
  • Accessories of your choosing (I used soy sauce and pickled ginger)
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The ingredients.

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The “accessories.”

Let’s start with the rice. You don’t want to use just any kind of rice. Instead, you’ll find rice that’s grown on the moon especially for use in sushi. Like so:

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The shipping costs are exorbitant.

First, as with any rice, you’ll want to rinse it or wash it.

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This method works.

Then add the rice and the water and bring to a boil. At that point, reduce the heat to low, cover your pot, and cook until the water is absorbed by the rice (as rice is wont to do) – about 15 minutes or so.

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Rice is expansionist.

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Don’t forget to cover your pot.

This is when you’ll want to mix a few ingredients in another pan, over heat. Specifically the vinegar, sugar, and salt. Stir over medium heat until the white granules are dissolved, then cool in the fridge until your rice is ready.

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Not dissolved.

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Dissolved.

When your rice is done, add the vinegar mixture and stir. But not too much – you don’t want to overmix and turn everything to mush. Your rice may appear wet, but don’t worry – as you stir, you’ll release some of the steam, and the rice will become drier and, as you may have anticipated, sticky.

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It may be good…

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…but now it’s better.

With that out of the way, let’s focus on the spicy sauce next. It’s quite simple to make. Add all the spicy sauce ingredients together, and mix.

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Soon to be…

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…mixed!

Then, mix the sauce with whatever you want to make spicy. For instance smoked salmon, or chunks of tuna.

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Salmon.

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Spicy tuna!

The next step is preparing the rest of your ingredients. In particular, you may benefit from this avocado-slicing tip: slice it first, and then, using a spoon, dig it out of the shell.

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Cut it first.

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Then spoon it out.

If you made my veggie choices, you’ll end up with a set of ingredients like so:

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Yum yum.

Now, the nori is key. If you don’t have an Asian market nearby (or don’t have access to the internet) this may be hard to find. They’re basically seaweed wraps, and delicious all on their own.

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The nori.

If you have a sushi mat, bully for you – you may find the assembly process a lot easier than I did. If not, then you can do what I did – which, in the end, was to use the assistance of a plastic wrap.

In any case, the first step is to tear the sheet of nori in half. Make sure you beak the longer side. If yours doesn’t break easily or cleanly, you may end up doing what I did: simply using scissors.

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Preparing the nori.

Then, with the assistance of a bowl of warm water, you can begin spreading the sticky rice on the nori. Why the water? You’ll see. It’s not called sticky rice for nothin’.

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Spreading the rice.

Now, to be fair, there are different ways of spreading the rice. I put mine on the outside of the roll; in some ways that’s harder. I spread it on the rougher side of the nori, leaving the smoother surface for the ingredients inside. Here, you can see the spicy tuna roll (with carrot, cucumber, and tuna) and the salmon roll (with salmon, avocado, and carrot). But one of the nice things about doing it yourself is that you can add in whatever you like.

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The tuna roll.

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The salmon roll.

Then, simply slice – first in half, and then in either three or four pieces for each half, depending on your preference – and enjoy.

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So much sushi!

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Crab Fried Rice

Oh my goodness, this was good. The ingredients:

  • Crab meat, 1-2 cups
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • Maggi seasoning, 2 tablespoons
  • Fish sauce, 3/8 cup
  • Sugar, 2 tablespoons
  • 1 diced scallion
  • 1-2 sliced tomatoes
  • 1 sliced cucumber, peeled
  • 5 thai chilies, diced (this is hot. You may prefer fewer)
  • cilantro leaves to taste
  • lemon juice to taste
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The ingredients.

Your first step really should be to start the rice, since it can take a while. I use a rice cooker, but you do you.

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I love my rice cooker.

You may also want to prepare a few other ingredients.

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The eggs.

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The crab. You may want to sort through this just to make sure there’s no shell in it.

I used a wok, because its size was so well-suited to the volume of the dish, but you don’t have to. In any case, heat some oil in the wok and stir-fry the crab, garlic, and eggs together until the eggs have been cooked.

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Apply heat.

Next, add a few other things: the cooked rice, the Maggi seasoning, the fish sauce, and the sugar. Mix it all together and cook until everything is hot.

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Add the rice.

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And then a few other things.

Next, add the lemon juice (to taste) and the thai chili peppers (to taste).

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Thai chilies can be hot.

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But tasty, though.

The rest of the ingredients don’t need to cook thoroughly – in fact having them relatively uncooked (even cold) can be kind of nice. Especially if you added a lot of chili heat, as I did.

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Scallions are sometimes referred to as green onions.

So go ahead and add the scallions, tomatoes, cucumbers, and cilantro.

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Adding things, adding things.

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Adding things, adding things.

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I want to make this again now.

Then mix it together, and enjoy!

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