Mantis Shrimp with Black Pepper Sauce Recipe (Resep Udang Ronggeng Saus Lada Hitam)

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Mantis Shrimp with Black Pepper Sauce Recipe

Mantis shrimp or mantis prawn is exotic edible sea creatures that rarely seen on my daily menu. Mantis shrimp had several name around the world, it’s called Udang Ronggeng (It moves similiar to Ronggeng dancer) , Udang Sentadu or Udang Lipan (It looks like a centipede) in Indonesia. In Japan, mantis shrimp called shako (蝦蛄),in Italia, it’s called Canocchie, in Vietnamese it’s known as tôm tít or tôm tích, (攋尿蝦, Mandarin pinyin: lài niào xiā, modern Cantonese: laaih niu hā)”pissing shrimp” and in Philippines, the mantis shrimp is known as tatampal, hipong-dapa or alupihang-da ga.

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Mantis Shrimp, Mantis Prawn

udang ronggeng udang lipan alupihang daga

Udang Ronggeng, Udang Lipan, Udang Kertak, Alupihang Daga, Shako

Foraging over Jakarta’s Muara Angke fish market driven me to a mantis shrimp on a large icy batch that looks like a giant bugs for me. The seller convinced me that the mantis shrimp are as fresh as possible by picking one of the mantist shrimps arm, squeese out the meat and eat it like a sashimi. Well, the tricks works for me. Since my nephew told me to bargain it radically due to the sellers incorrect weight scale, i can take it home for about 5 USD a kilo (not true weight though) from the first 7 USD offer.

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Udang Ronggeng at Muara Angke Fish Market

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Resep Udang Ronggeng Saus Lada Hitam

How to cook mantis shrimp ??? thats’s what i thought right away when i purchased it in Muara Angke Seafood Market, Jakarta. Internet search calls for either boiled, roasted, deep fried, stir fried or even eaten raw as sashimi. I choose too stir fry the mantis shrimp with humbe black pepper sauce to let the sea bugs introduced to my taste buds. How does mantist shrimp taste like ??? i think it’s similiar to lobster and prawn, but the texture is more like a crab since it fleshy and  stick’in to the shell.

RECIPE MANTISH SHRIMP MANTIS PRAWN PEPPER SAUCE

Mantis shrimp meat taste almost like a lobster ! Sweet, Firm and Succulent !

how to cook mantis shrimp prawn

Tiny Mantis Shrimp Clawn Meat

You can deep fried the shrimp for about one minute or even two, before tossing is with the sauce, but i did’t since i like to simply stir fry it first with a little of oil and cooked it in the blackpepper sauce. This is the secret how to cook mantis shrimp to prevent it got overcooked.

RESEP UDANG RONGGENG UDANG LIPAN

Resep Udang Ronggeng Saus Lada Hitam (Recipe Mantis Shrimp in Black Pepper Sauce)

Mantis Shrimp in Black Pepper Sauce Recipe :

  • 3 udang rongeng/mantis shrimp (about 1 kg),cut into 3 segment,  cleaned throughly, drizzle with a little of lime juice, drained
  • 1/2 bell pepper, jullienned
  • 1/3 tsp freshly grounded  black peppercorn
  • 1/4 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp of oyster sauce, i use Lee Kum Kee Brand
  • 3 cloves garlic , chopped
  • 2 cm ginger, finelly chopped
  • a pinch of salt and sugar to taste
  • 2 tbs of premium light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp of chinese cooking wine
  • 1 tsp kecap manis/sweet soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp corn flour, dissolve with 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp of sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil for stir frying
  • 1/2 cup water
  • shaved spring onion for serving

Instruction How to Cook Mantis Shrimp on Black Pepper Sauce :

  • Heat up the vegetable oil in a large wok pan, saute the garlic, ginger and the onion until slightly brown
  • Add the grounded black peppercorn and mantis shrimp, stir fry another 2 minutes
  • Add the oyster sauce, cooking wine, light soy sauce, sweet soy sauce and water to deglaze the bottom, stir well and close with glass lid and bring it to boil
  • Nearly done, add the sesame oil and dissolved corn flour to thicken the sauce
  • Serve black pepper sauce mantis shrimp with shaved spring onion

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Resep Laksa Ketam/Kepiting, Rice Noodle in Rich & Spicy Crab Curry Soup

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Laksa Ketam or Rice Noodle in Rich Crab and Coconut Milk Curry

Laksa is a spicy rice noodle soup from the Peranakan culinary, fusion of of Chinese and Malay (Melayu) descent found in Indonesia, Malaysia and also Singapore. Laksa derived from the Sanskrit lakshas (लकशस्) meaning “one hundred thousand” (lakh) and Hokkien Chinese word 沙 (Cantonese: [lɐ̀t.sáː]) as “dirty”  and “spicy sand” from the appearance and  the texture of the grounded dried prawns.

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Live Blue Crab Made the Laksa Had a Very Kick’in and Superior Crabby Broth

I was  so lucky to found live blue crab at Grand Lucky Supermarket in Jakarta (nearby Pacific Place Mall) and it’s not tagged as silly expensive as a seafood restauran. The live blue crab cost me about 9.99 USD for a kilo and i brought home about one and a half kilos. No more pale canned crab meat that cost me about 2.85 USD for 125 gr drained crab meat weight. Foraging over a gourmet store in Jakarta driven me to Kem Chick Supermarket and i found a very small bundle of daun laksa or daun kesum or laksa leaves for about 0.5 USD. Daun laksa had a stong aromatic aromas and pleasant spicy and a little bit tangy after taste. but since i using live blue crab for this recipe, i use only a pinch. I think daun laksa is more suits with asam or sour laksa instead of curry laksa for my personal licking.

live blue crab in aquarium grand lucky supermarket

Live Blue Crab in Aquarium @ Grand Lucky Supermarket

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Laksa Leaves,Daun Kesum, Vietnamese Corriander Leaves, Cambodian Mint from Kem Chick

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Spicy Crab Coconut Curry Soup with Rice Noodle/Vermicelly a.k.a Laksa Kari Ketam

There are two basic types of laksa: curry laksa and asam laksa. Curry laksa is a coconut curry soup with noodles, while asam laksa is a sour fish soup with noodles. Thick rice noodles also known as laksa noodles are most commonly used, although thin rice vermicelli (bee hoon or mee hoon) are also common and some variants use other types.

crab spicy curry noodle crab laksa ketam mie kepiting

Crab Curry Laksa Recipe:

  • 1 kg live or fresh blue crab,
  • 2 pcs tamarind peel (asam keping/asam potong)
  • 1/4 tsp tamarind paste
  • 5 fresh shiitake mushrooms, thinly slice*optional
  • 1500 ml chicken stock
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Cooking oil
  • Rice vermicelly or rice noodle, boiled according to package instruction
  • Salt, sugar and fish sauce to taste

Laksa Spice Paste Recipe:

  • 20 fresh red chillies (cabe merah)
  • 12 shallots (bawang merah)
  • 8 cloves garlic (bawang putih)
  • 3 cm turmeric (kunyit)
  • 3 cm ginger (jahe)
  • 1 tbsp shrimp paste (terasi/belacan)
  • 3 candlenuts (kemiri)
  • 2 lemongrass (sereh)
  • 1 tsp coriander (ketumbar)
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 30gr dried prawns, soak for 10 mins, drained

Garnish and Condiment:

  • Corriander leaves
  • Daun kesum or laksa leaves or vietnamese corriander leaves
  • Bean sprout
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Chopped chillies
  • Deep fried shallots
  • lemon wedges

Instruction:

  • Clean the blue crab and remove the gills,steamed for about 15 minutes, carefully remove the meat from the shell, drain and set asida the crab meat, retain the liquid for the laksa broth
  • Heat up the oil in a wokpan, saute the spice paste until fragrant and had more vivid color
  • Pour the chicken stock, coconut milk and the liquid from steaming the blue crab
  • Add the tamarind peel and the tamarind paste, bring to boil
  • Put the shiitake mushrooms and season to your preference taste

How to serve the crab curry laksa:

  • Put the rice vermicelli/rice noodle in the bottom of the serving bowl, add the crab meat and pout the laksa broth, serve with the garnishes and condiments

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Easy Pumpkin Risotto with Almond Mushrooms & Black Olives Recipe

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Easy Pumpkin Risotto with Almond Mushrooms Recipe

 

Pumpkin risotto is one of the famous veggies- based risotto variety. Pumpkin is suits  for making risotto becauce it had a sweet, creamy and buttery taste. You can use any kinds of pumkin or squash to make risotto, but i recomend to use Australian Butternut or Japanese kabocha pumpkin because the dish color would be velvety orange. I like to use pumpkin chuncks and pumpkin puree to make a real pumpkin risotto. For making a pumpkin puree, you can either boilling, steaming or even roasting it with  foil and let it cooled before processing into smooth puree. Pay attention for the pumpkin chunck size because too small chunck will turn into a soggy overcooked pumpkin chunck and too big will lead into overcooked risotto rice. This pumpkin risotto is a great vegan version of risotto, the other meat-based risotto that i’ve posted is Milanese Risotto with Saffron Yoghurt Roasted Ribs, and Arròs Negre. I add some Brazillian Mushroom or Almond Mushrooms and chinese sausage or lap cheung because i can’t find any bacon in the supermarket.

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Butternut Pumpkin Risotto with Almond Mushrooms and Kalamata Olives


Risotto is an Italian rice dishes that cooked into a creamy consistency. The broth may be based on  meat, fish, or veggies. Many types of risotto contain butter, wine and onion. It is one of the most common ways of cooking rice in Italy. There are many different risotto recipes with different ingredients, but they are all based on rice of an appropriate variety cooked in a standard procedure. Short grain rice will suits for making risotto because it’s cook faster than the long grain. Soaking the rice  for about 30 minutes prior to cooking will make it cook easier. Sauteeing the rice with oil or butter will make the starch losen up while cooking the risotto and make it it cooked faster even more.

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Quick and Easy Pumpkin Risotto

The rice is first cooked briefly in a soffritto of onion and butter or olive oil to coat each grain in a film of fat, called tostatura; white wine is added and has to be absorbed by the grains. When it has evaporated, the heat is raised to medium high and very hot stock is gradually added in small amounts while stirring gently, almost constantly: stirring loosens the starch molecules from the outside of the rice grains into the surrounding liquid, creating a smooth creamy-textured liquid. At that point it is taken off the heat for the mantecatura when diced cold butter is vigorously stirred in to make the texture as creamy and smooth as possible. It may be removed from the heat a few minutes earlier, and left to cook with its residual heat.

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Butternut Pumpkin/Squash Risotto

Perfectly cooked risotto is rich and creamy but still al dente, or got a bite-resistance in the middle, but i prefer it throughly cooked. The traditional texture is fairly fluid, or all’onda (“wavy, or flowing in waves”). It is served on flat dishes and it should easily spread out but not have excess watery liquid around the perimeter. It must be eaten at once as it continues to cook in its own heat and can become too dry with the grains too soft.

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Butternut Pumpkin or Squash, Labu Butternut

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Almond Mushrooms or Brazillian Mushrooms

pumpkin risotto ingredients

Pumpkin Risotto Recipe


Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup short grain rice, soaked 15 minutes, drained
  • 100 gr butternut pumpkin chunck
  • 100 gr butternut pumpkin puree
  • 50 gr bacon* i substitude with chinese sausage (Lap Cheung)
  • 10 gr dried almond mushrooms or brazillian mushrooms or any mushrooms that u’ve got
  • 1/2 cup black olives, cut into 1 cm thick ring
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup white wine, or you can substitude wuth rice wine
  • a pinch of saffron threads
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 bay leave
  • 3 cm cinnamon
  • 3 cardamon pod
  • 1/2  onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed, finelly chopped
  • 1 cup (250ml) dry white wine or rice wine
  • 1/2 cup (40g) finely grated cheese, Parmiggiano-Regianno would be the best
  • deep fried shalllots for garnish

Instructions:

  • Heat up the stock in a heavy bottom sauce pan until small boil and add the saffron to the stock, stirring to infuse, turn off the heat and set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat, add the onion and garlic cook until softened and translucent but not browned
  • Add the cinnamon, bay leaves and cardamon pod
  • Once the onions are translucent, add the pumpkin chunck, choppped mushrooms, and olives until fragrant
  • Add the rice and stir with a wooden spoon until the rice toasted and opaque, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the wine to the toasting rice, and then add 1 cup of the saffron-infused stock and cook, stirring, until it is absorbed.
  • Continue adding the stock one cup at a time, waiting until the liquid is absorbed before adding more. Cook until the rice is tender and creamy and yet still a little al dente or your preference doness, about 15 minutes.
  • Stir in the 1 tbsp butter and cheese until well mixed. let it rest for 2 minutes
  • Portion risotto into 2 warmed serving plates, serve with deep fried shallots

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