Sweet and Sour Sea Cucumber with Fish Maw
Every dish that is served during Chinese New Year have an auspicious meaning behind it! Today, we’ll be bringing to you this recipe prepared by Jessie Koey, who is a stay home mum and a recipe blogger. In her home town back in Malaysia, this is a family classic dish – Sweet and Sour Sea Cucumber with Fish Maw. Her passion for cooking is driven by her family, as well as 3 of her boys who has huge appetites! What other way to show our appreciation for our family than to cook? I’m sure that no words can describe the feeling when you’re looking at your loved ones enjoying every bite of your food. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get down to cooking!
  • 100g dehydrated fish maw
  • 2 large fresh sea cucumber
  • 250g bamboo shoot
  • 150g chicken breast meatminced
  • 100g small prawnsminced
  • 1/2 carrotskinned and sliced
  • 2tbsp frozen crab meat
  • 3 dried shiitake mushroomssoaked overnight till soft and sliced
  • 2 eggslightly beaten
  • corn flour mixture2 tbsp corn flour + 3 tbsp water
  • 1stalk leeksliced
For boiling sea cucumber
  • 4 slicesginger
  • 1/2tbsp chinese cooking wine
  • 4cloves garlic
  • 2 large red chilliesremove seed
  • 4 chilli padi
  • 2inch gingerskinned and cut into slices
Sauce ingredients
  • 3tbsp white vinegaradd more as desired to increase the tanginess
  • 2tbsp sugar
  • 1tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1tbsp abalone sauce
  • 4tbsp tomato sauce
  • 4tbsp chilli sauce
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1tsp fish sauce
  • 300ml chicken broth
Prepare the ingredients
  1. Sea cucumber: Cut into 3cm width. In a saucepan, boil water. Add in sea cucumber, ginger and chinese cooking wine. Boil for 5 mins, drain and set aside. #Tips: Chinese cooking wine will get rid of the fishy smell from the sea cucumber.
  2. Fish maw: Soak in water for 2 hrs depending on the hardness of the fish maw, rinsed and squeezed out the water and cut into 2 inch width.
  3. Mince the spices: Add all the ingredients into the Kenwood multichopper. Pulse to chop the ingredients finely.
Fry the ingredients and serve
  1. In a wok, heat 2 tbsp oil. Add in minced spices and mushroom. Sauté till fragrant.
  2. Add in minced chicken and prawn. Sauté till ¾ cooked.
  3. Add in all the sauce ingredients, fish maw, carrots, bamboo shoots and crab meat. Stir to mix well and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add in sea cucumber and stir to mix well, let it simmer for 8 mins.
  5. Add in leek, stir to mix evenly. Adjust the taste with the sauce ingredients as desired.
  6. Stir in corn starch mixture and drizzle in the beaten egg.
  7. Sprinkled coriander leaves and serve immediately.