Chinese Style Steamed Live Lobster with Garlic, Ginger, Scallion and Soy Sauce

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Chinese Style Steamed Lobster with Superior Soy Sauce

Steamed live lobster in Chinese Style with Garlic, Ginger, Scallion and Superior Soy Sauce Recipe. Cantonese style steamed lobster is less popular compare to the stir fried, but i assured you this simple steaming version is delicious too. Live or very fresh lobster steamed and then served with it’s very own natural sweetness and a hint of garlic, scallion and ginger infused in a superior soy sauce mixture. Steamed lobster is a very easy,  simple and yet elegant dish that would impressed everybody.

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Chinese Style Steamed Lobster with Garlic, Ginger, Scallion and Soy Sauce

The chinese style steamed lobster recipe is an alternative quicky dish. Beside the fact that steaming is one of the healtiest way of cooking, the result is surprisingly superb. Lobster is lobster right, it must be succulent and delicious even if you simply eat the raw lobster straight away after you freshly killed and shuck the meat of the live lobster. I’ve try lobster in very different way but none of steaming method before,  so you should give it a try sometimes. Here’s the list of of lobster recipes;

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Cantonese Style Steamed Lobster with Garlic, Ginger, Scallion and Soy Sauce

Cantonese style steamed lobster recipe is a very easy and quick to prepare. The live lobster killed and cleaned first, since I love the lobster tomaley and all the goodness in the head so i let it steamed whole. If you didn’t want that part you can halved the shell then removed the tomaley under running water first. The cleaned lobster then laid in a heatproof glass bowl, meanwhile the chopped  garlic, ginger and white part of the scallion stir fried until charred and caramelized in a smoking hot wok pan with a little ammount of lard or oil first. The garlic mixture then boiled slowly with superior soy sauce for about 10 minutes until the garlic, ginger and scallion flavour infused to the soy sauce. After the soy sauce coolled down a little bit, i sieved the soy sauce with cheese cloth first before used for unecessary good looking presentation.

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The Lobster Anthena Sneaking Out from the Steamed

How to steamed the whole lobster is one the hell of hillarious steps, once again for unnecessary presentation i insist to kept the spiny lobster long anthena, it’s even sneaking out from the steamer. The cleaned lobster dredged with the garlic, scallion and ginger infused soy sauce then the entire bowl wrapped goodly with aluminium foil to lock the moisture while the steaming process. No need to discard the steamed lobster drippping liquid first before put the soy sauce, simply mix it all the way. Steamed lobster dripping is sweet without fishy odor at all unlike the Cantonese Style Steamed Live Grouper Fish dripping that really smells muddy and fishy. Hot sesame oil poured to the steamed lobster and then garnished with chopped cilantro and julienned ginger just before serving.

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Live Bamboo Lobster

I purchased the live bamboo lobster from Iane Fish Market that located on Jl. Kebagusan dalam I no.42, Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta. The live bamboo lobster in this recipe weighed about 350 grams and cost me about 14 $ (40 USD/kg). Iane fish market is a trusted live seafood distributor that provide many kinds of farmed live seafood, including many kinds of groupers; mouse grouper, coral trout, mud grouper. Beside, they provide several variant of lobster, including slipper lobster, bamboo lobster, and sand lobster. One thing for sure, they provide it with much more afforable price tag rather than fancy live seafood restaurant all over Jakarta. Handling live lobster is really pissing me off,  the lobster can’t stand still and kept cracling all over once i tried to photograph it, so i sedated the lobster by put in in ice bath first.

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Chinese Style Steamed Live Lobster

Spinny lobster is the only lobster available here in Indonesia, it’s easily noticed for it’s spiny head, clawless body with a very long anthenas. Tropical ocean didn’t suits any clawned lobster like Maine lobster. I’m using live bamboo lobster for this recipe, the shell isn’t as hard as the clawned lobster and it’s made easier to crack open. The meat and shell weight ratio of spiny lobster is less compare to the clawned lobster once it cooked, but it much more succulent and sweeeter than the clawned lobster. So made your own choices, you can use the Maine lobster or even prawn instead of spiny lobster for this recipe.

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Chinese Style Steamed Whole Bamboo Lobster

Steaming whole lobster is tricky, timing is the key of any steaming seafood. DO NOT OVERCOOKED lobster because the lobster meat  gonna be tough and rubberry. Trust me, you won’t ever wanted to overcooked your pricey steamed live lobster. You should steamed the lobster until nearly done, the remaining heat will throughly cooked the lobster meat. When you throughly cooked  the lobster, it will be overcooked once you serving it in the dinner table. 7 to 10 minutes is what needed to steamed whole lobster in  medium size (about 300-500 grams).

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Steamed Live Lobster with Superior Soy Sauce

The steamed lobster served with a dip of black vinegar, ginger and chopped bird eye chillies. Sounds boring, but trust me, your taste buds will apreciate the sweetness and the soft texture of the steamed live lobster. The steamed lobster with garlic, ginger, scallion and soy sauce is already delicious without any dipping actually, but it’s too obvious that anything taste better with chilies for my Indonesian licking.

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Recipe Chinese Style Steamed Live Lobster (Cantonese Style Steamed Lobster with Superior Soy Sauce, Garlic, Ginger, Scallion and Cilantro)

Recipe Chinese Style Steamed Live Lobster (Cantonese Style Steamed Lobster with Superior Soy Sauce, Garlic, Ginger, Scallion and Cilantro)


  • 1 medium size live bamboo lobster (you can replace with any kind of lobster or prawn)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice 
  • 1 tbsp of brown sugar (or rock sugar)
  • 2 tbsp of premium light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp premium mushroom sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp of sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil for stir frying
  • 2 tbsp  of  angciu /chinese cooking wine
  • 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 cm knob of ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 scallion (white part only), finely chopped

How to Make Chinese Style Steamed Lobster:

  • Mix all liquid ingredients and dissolved the rock sugar on it prior to steaming the lobster, set aside
  • Rub the lobster lighly with salt and lemon juice, set aside
  • Heat the olive oil in a wok until smoking hot, then stir fry the garlic, ginger and scallion until fragrant, charred and completely caramelized
  • Pour the soy sauce mixture and bring it to boil, simmer for about 10 minutes, turn off the heat then set aside (i sieved it with cheese cloth before use),
  • Put the lobster in heatproof steaming pyrex bowl, cover the bowl with alumunium foil
  • Steam the lobster about 5- 7  minutes until done depending of the lobster size
  • DO NOT OVERCOOKED, so check the steamed lobster in the  couple of last minutes
  • Put the fish in a serving plate, garnish with chopped cilantro then pour the sesame oil

Garnish: Chopped cilantro

Dipping sauce *optional : Chinese Black Vinegar, Soy Sauce, Jullienned Ginger, Chopped Bird Eye Chillies

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Grilled Pork Belly with Char Siu and Coffee Sauce Glazed Recipe (with Indonesian Genuine Wild Civet Coffee Essence)

Grilled Pork Belly with Chinese Barbeque Coffee Char Siu Sauce Marinated and Glazed

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Grilled Pork Belly with Char Siu and Coffee Sauce Glaze Recipe

Grilled pork belly marinated with coffee char siu sauce recipe is a fushion of chinese char siu barbeque sauce and sticky honey coffee glaze sauce.  Char siu (Chinese: 叉燒 caa siu, literally means “fork-roast”. Char siu also known as chasu, cha siu, cha shao, char siew, babi panggang merah is a popular Cantonese cuisine that marinated pork meat with aromatic reddish sweet seasoning then grilled until throughly cooked. Char siu pork is one of the components of siu mei or  roasted meat combo that used to be served in Cantonese restaurant.  The common halal version of char siu usially using chicken, duck or beef brisket. There’s so many ready to use char siu sauce in a bottle like Lee Kum Kee brand, you can use it if you don’t to mush effort to made it from scratch, use about 8 tbsp  instant char siu sauce and mix it with  about 1/4 cup coffee essence for this recipe.

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Recipe Barbequed Pork Belly with Char Siu Honey and Coffee Glaze Sticky Sauce

This honey and coffee glazed barbequed pork belly is got a red shinny sweet and sticky glazed from the caramelized honey within the sauce, bursting fragrance and aromatic flavour from the civet coffee essence and five spice powder. The dish not that special without fruity and tangy sensation from the civet coffee essence. Beside giving extra ummami flavour and aromas,  the coffee essence infact act as tenderizer. the acid also naturally break the protein bond within the meat when you using it to marinade the meat before put it in the griller. Using coffee with your barbeque sauce is quite tricky, too much of it would made your barbeque sauce taste bitter while using less than needed would not given any benefits into it, so use it wisely, 2-4 tbsp for 1 kg of meat is works with my taste buds.

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Coffee Glazed Pork Belly with Char Siu Style Barbeque Marinade

Basically, i just mix a reddish sweet char siu sauce with brewed dark civet coffee essence and using it to marinade the pork  belly ovenight before cooking it. I’m using honey, five-spice powder, light and dark soy sauce, hoisin sauce, chinese rice wine and angkak a.k.a yeast rice or red fermented recipe for giving the natural red color. I’m using angkak or red yest rice for many kind of recipe mostly to coloring roast such as my Homemade Roasted Peking Duck Recipe with Crispy Crackling Skin and Chinese Style Roasted Squab or Pigeon. You can purchased the angkak a.k.a red yeast in any chinese groceries or medicine shop nearby your place. The starch within the red yeast rice made your marinade thicken once you cooked it and you didn’t need to add ony of starch to adjust the consistence of your sauce. I’m using 3 tbsp of wild Indonesian civet coffee that brewed with 1 cup of hot water than simmerred until reduced quarter it’s originally volume.

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Juicy Grilled Pork Belly, with Sweet, Tangy and Aromatic Char Siu and Coffee Glazed

Making this chinese style char siu and coffee marinated pork belly is so easy. First you choose the meaty layered  pork belly from the butcher, pork butt or even baby back ribs will be good too if you want your char siu pork less fatty. Cut the pork belly into 5 cm long with 1- 1.5 inch thickness. The pork belly then marinated overnight in the fridge with the brewed coffee essence and homemade char siu sauce .  I also forked the pork belly meat to made ths marinade penetrated even better inside the meat. Firstly in the morning, i put the marinated pork belly in non sticky pan and bring it all to slowly boil and cover it with lid. Let the pork belly stewed in the civet coffee and char siu sauce for about 10-15 minutes. You may look the marinate looks more red and the sauce consistency is thicken. Right after the pork belly is cool enough to handle, pierced the pork belly with two bamboo skewer within the pork belly to made it easier to handle or flipped around on the griller.

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Chinese Char Siu Pork Belly with Deep Fried Mantou Buns

Chinese roast pork used to eaten with carbs, whether inside a steamed bun or mantau/cha siu bao, homemade soft chinese pancakes,with noodles/cha siu mein, or with steaming hot rice/cha siu fan. I preferto served my coffee char siu pork belly inside a homemade deep fried mantou buns and add some jullienned greens veggies like carrot, scallion, and mung bean sprout and local aromatic herbs called  daun kenikir. To enhanced the flavour, nothing better than chopped birds eye chilles over it.

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Coffee Marinated Grilled Pork Belly

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Finger Licking Good Barbequed Pork belly with Coffee Char Siew Sauce

This coffee glazed grilled pork isn’t special if i didn’t use genuin wild Indonesian civet coffee that i brought from my hometown, Muara Dua, South Sumatra Province. Civet coffee or locally known as kopi luwak is a coffee have been eaten, digested and defecated by the Asian palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus). Sounds icky, but wait until you taste it and know that it’s got a title the most expensive coffee in the world with more than 400 USD/kg price tag. Genuin Indonesian wild civet coffee is real when it’s collected from wild civet droppping. If you found Indonesian civet coffee that tagged less than 200 USD per kilo , it must be civet coffee comes from cruelty farm raised and batterry caged civet that feed with cofee beans.  The local civet coffee hunter told me that the unsuffecient ammount of supply with fluctuative stock while the demand is always high rockets the wild civets coffee price tag. Local wild civet cofee hunter rewarded with 30-40 USD/kg and then local collector used to sold it to international trader for at least 200-400 USD/kg after washed from the dirt and shit, hulled and then sun drained it. The biggest toke or local civet coffee colletor in my hometown can fullfilling the minimum 100 kg quota for about 3-6 months depending on the season.

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Indonesian Wild Civet Coffee a.k.a Kopi Luwak Asli Indonesia

Then why Indonesian wild civet coffee is so special ? The wild civet eats the best qualities and the ripest coffee berries, then the fleshy pulp digested while the fermentation did the magic to the coffee bean;  proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, break some protein chains and shorter peptides and more free amino acids and made the coffee taste even better. Luckily, my father’s friend is a genuin wild civet coffee trader is too kind to take me with his civet cofee hunter crews to foraging the prescious poops . Hopefully, i’m gonna post about it as soon as possible.  The hillarious and life time experiments climbing up hill then down hill for several times in traditional coffee plantation looking for a prescious poop.  Right before i’m gonna said good bye to the crews, the  leader of the civet coffee hunter was given me about 1 kg of our wild civet coffee for free (HALLELUYA!!! HALLELUYA!!! HALLELUYA!!! themed song playing). Eversince i’m to scared to processed it by myself, i ask the local coffee store to washed, hulled and then roast it for me. You won’t believe how good it’s smells while the coffee shops employee roast the beans in a traditional rotisserie metal tong that filled with some beach sand and then rotate it over mangoo wood flames.

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In Indonesia, we used to called char siu as babi panggang merah literrary grilled pork with red spice/reddish pork roast simply because the pork roast got red color. Others called it sate babi manis or skewerred pork with sweet  barbeque seasoning.  Among batakness descent, we used simplified char siu as babi panggang cina or chinese style roasted pork, it’s a common topping for bakmi Pematang Siantar; a curled tiny noodle served from Pematang Siantar region in North Sumatra Province. Otherwise, in chinese Indonesian community, char siu used to be served over nasi campur or  hainamese-style mixed rice

Grilled Pork Belly with Chinese Coffee and CHar Siu Sauce Marinated and Glazed Recipe:

  • 1 kg pork belly, cut 3 inches long and 1 inch thick
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup water for stewing the pork belly
Char Siu or Char Siew Coffee Marinade/BBQ sauce Recipe:
    • 3 tbsp wild civet coffee powder, brewed with 1 cup hot water then simmer until thicken into quarter , strained with fine sieve, set aside
    • 2 tbsp honey or maltose
    • 1 tbsp five spice powder
    • 2 tbsp angkak or powderred chinese red yeast rice,
    • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
    • 4 tbsp chinese cooking wine
    • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
    • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce*optional
    • 2 tbsp oyster sauce*optional
    • 1 whole star anise*optional
    • ½tbsp salt
    • 1 tbsp garlic powder

How to Made Grilled Pork Belly with Chinese Coffee and CHar Siu Sauce Marinated and Glazed Recipe

  • Mix all the coffee char siu barbeque sauce in a glass bowl
  • Slice the pork belly along the grain to 1 inch thick slices and mix it well with the charsiu coffee marinade sauce
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Marinade The Pork Belly with Civet Coffee Essence and Char Siu Sauce

  • Cover the mixture with cling wrap and let it marinade overnight in the fridge
  • Firstly in the morning, put  the cofee marinated pork belly in a non stick pan, add 1 cup water and bring it to slowly boil, cover it with lid and turning once after 5 minutes then continue to stewed it until all liquid completely evaporated, set aside.
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Slowly Boil The Marinated Pork Belly Until All Liquid Evaporated

  • Once the pork belly is cool enough to handle, put the pork belly in two wooden skewer
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Skewerred Char Siu and Cofee Sauce Pork Belly

  • Put the skewered coffee char siu sauce pork belly over medium low heat griller and flip it several times until it throughly cooked and the fat it’s rendered and the meat is still moist
  • Served the coffee char siu barbequed pork belly with steaming hot rice or chinese mantou buns with jullienned veggies.

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