Crab is something that Mum likes to treat the family to once in a while. It's just so much more economical to cook at home especially when you have alot of mouths to feed. It's not longer become something that we only get to eat on special occasions either. Once in a while Mum makes a trip to Flemington Markets to stock up on seafood, it's alot cheaper to buy and she would usually buy up in bulk and freeze it all. She usually goes on a Friday because apparantly it's cheaper and not as crowded. This weekend she bought home 2 mud crabs and saved them for me to cook for Saturday night dinner.
Mum also knows the way to my heart. I absolutely adore cherries and she knows it. I've seen alot of cherries around recently but have been reluctant to buy them because I know they're not in season and are imports from the US. Mum buys some anyway because they were reasonably priced and were good cherries. They are very plump and ripe, just the way I like my cherries.
A crab dish that mum likes is the one that is served with noodles that is usually eaten as part of a banquet at Chinese restaurants. We generally don't eat out alot and so only ever really eat this at weddings. Mum indicates to me that she would like to do something like that. I adapt my crab recipe to incorporate the noodles. Mum's observation is that the restaurants use this particular type of dried noodle so she buys this particular brand/variety of noodles to try out for the dish. The package says "fresh fried egg noodle" but they are actually dried/fried noodles which are quickly blanched in some boiling water to soften, they also shrink a bit so you really do underestimate how much yield is in one bag, Mum bought 2 and I used them both.
The wet ingredients are then added and the sauce mixture simmered until it reduces and thickens.
The crab is then added, tossed around until coated and then covered and cooked on medium-high until the shells turn bright red and then the noodles are added.
I tried to add the noodles into the pan to mix through with the crab but our pan wasn't big enough so had to pick out all the crab and ended up serving it seperate to the noodles.