Tuesday, September 02, 2008


Moving on from 8-legged crabby culinary adventure here and here, today I decided to give this bloody (am not swearing, it was really bloody and slimy) slittery creature a chance to shine.

I am so blessed as Tesco recently opened around my area and was I glad to find so many variety of fresh seafood such as eel, giant clams and even a big tank of live crabs! When I saw the tray of fresh yellow eels, I suddenly remembered that I bought this cookbook some time back last year called "Over 100 Great Essential Restaurant Seafood" and I do remember there is this particular eel dish that I wanted to try.

I found that the seasoning listed in the recipe book was slightly too salty to my likings, hence I adjusted the taste by reducing on the soy sauce and increase the sugar amount for a sweet sticky taste.

The ingredients are really simple, here goes:
400 gram yellow eels (sliced)
40 gram fresh ginger (sliced)
1 tbsp chopped garlic
100 ml chicken broth (you may use chic granules)

1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp oyster sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsp Shaoxing wine
1 tsp dark soy sayce

Firstly, rinse the eels and cut into small strips.

Deep fried it into hot oil for approximately 40 seconds. Remove and drained.

Saute the ginger slices with 1 tbsp of oil until fragrant.

Add in the seasoning and eels.

Add in the chicken broth and simmer until the sauce is slight thick.

Dish up, top with chopped fresh garlic and 1 tbsp preheated sesame oil.

End result? Sweet and juicy eel cooked to perfection with a slightly sweetish gravy that goes so well with rice. If you like garlic, I strongly advise that you put in extra for the wonderful garlicky aroma. Mmmm..this is a winning dish that I will surely cook again, SOON.


boo_licious said...

yum yum! looks super yummy. I must dig out my recipe book also. Remember that was one of the better Famous cuisine books.

Mark said...

Ish! You do know how to cook... complicated stuff.
Mind to belanja me? hehehe

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

OMG. OMG. OMG. Looks so good!!!! OMG!!

Nic (KHKL) said...

a good alternative to the usual teriyaki unagi we have at japanese restaurants.

i wonder if the addition of dried chilies will provide extra flavour to the dish...good job on cutting the eel! ;D

eXodus said...

i love eel!!!

wmw said...

*Runs away*...hahaha, you know me lah...

Furkids in Hong Kong said...

Though I'm not a big fan of eels (too slimy to me), your dish looks mouth-watering!

That sauce looks nicely richly flavoured. Just the way I love it!

*Steals a few pieces*

CUMI & CIKI said...

ewww, watch me squirm preparing this! haha. Next time i buy eel, will be like.. never. (but i love eating it:P)

Precious Pea said...

boo: This book is really good. Finally put into good used. Have not started with the pork belly one though.

mark: Still learning only and so far, am lucky it all turned out well. This dish not complicated, so much easier than crabs.

luscious sista: Hahahahaaha! Shall i renamed it to OMG Eel?

nic: I think they use different eel for unagi. Actually am tempted to do my own unagi, saw in this HK series, seem pretty easy. I tot of the dried chilies too but that would be more to Kung Po style already.

exodus: Wonderful creature don't you agree?

wmw: Hehehe...i tot you eat unagi?

furkids: I like those fat and meaty eel in HK, especially steamed with black bean sauce...ooo...slurp slurp!

cumi & ciki: Actually I was squirming too. It was so bloody and slimy and it looked like snake. But my gluttonness took over and voila...a yummy dish created!

Life for Beginners said...

Oh you know I love me some eel! Be it unagi or your very own prize-winning dish... now when can yours truly sample some? Hmm? ;)

myCoffee said...

Sounds like a famous chef in the making. Any thoughts of opening your own restaurant? ;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

wah like unagi!!!...

what else can you cook??..i think its time you invite people to taste your cooking skills bcoz its definitely up another scale!

Live2Talk said...

Why the garlic not cook together with the eel geh? Have to eat with raw garlic ah ^_^

Precious Pea said...

kenny and joe: Please be patient. I need more experiment to perfect my skill. Till then, you both have to wait ;)

mycoffee: Definitely something that I can consider if i ever out of job ;)

live2talk: This dish actually served in Esquire Kitchen. Raw garlic much nicer aroma when you chew it with the eel.

Ning said...

I love eels! But I never found the courage to "clean" one. Cooking it would be no problem... :)

ling239 said...

look so yummy!!

but wat happen to the bones ?
are there bones ? @_@

daphne said...

bloody eel can become such a good looking dish in your hands. Superb!

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Only you can manage to make eel look appetizing!

The only fish I've been able to catch in my life were eels. Two of them when I was about 8 years old. A boy taught me to douse it with fish sauce, wrap it in foil, and throw it on the fire. It was great.

jason said...

Yalor, how about the bones?

Yerr... it looked like a headless snake in first pic :S

Precious Pea said...

ning: Agree. The cleaning process is quite squirmish!

ling and jason: There is a backbone right in the middle of the eel. Since it was quite small so i didn't bother to debone it.

daphne: Hehe..thanks! :)

wandering chopsticks: You caught eels before? I think i will faint if i ever catch one cos I would have tot i catch a snake! The cooking method sounded yummy. Fish sauce taste good on anything! Yum!

worldwindows said...

I appreciate this post. My son too as he love unagi. All pictorial. Use to fish them from the river near my home 30 some years ago. Thanks.

PureGlutton said...

The cooked dish looks yummy...but aiyor... b4 it's cooked, the eel looks so geli, like a big fat black snake and I'm soooo scared of snakes!

Tummythoz said...

Do craves eel but that first headless picture, ewws.
About the rooms at your place, err rather not stay too close as plan to turn up only during meal times.

Precious Pea said...

worldwindows: You fish eel too? Aiyer...so nice! How do you cook them? But don't they look like snake? I would easily mistaken them as snake..or maybe snake as eel.

pureglutton: Now that I have cooked eel, maybe next time can make snake soup. Hahaha..kidding kidding. I scare of snake also.

tummythoz: Ahem...for your info, during meal times normally i close gate and let go of my dogs. Hehehe.

Big Boys Oven said...

walio so nice dish you have there, I did think of having this but not sure how to make it, but now walaa I know how thanks for showing!
Last nite dinner was awesome, we did celebrate Chris farewell, he is leaving to UK for 2 yesrs!

tigerfish said...

You are one great heroine in the kitchen. First, crabs, then now eel. WOW!

fatboybakes said...

salute. hahah, i wouldnt even know where to start....

Jaded said...

The cooked eels looks super yummy. The fresh bloody eels... urghh.. Another dish I'll stick to ordering from restaurants. But I *salute* you for attempting it at home.

kampungboycitygal said...

ewww, eel looks really eewwww..kudos for ur bravery

mimid3vils said...

1st photo really frightening me but the result calm me down, hehe :P

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

yes, shoot, my heart jumped, i thot it was snakes! why do u always shock me pants off???...but dish looks yummy. think will try it with other meat. no eels for me.

Jackson said...

cook this when we go for Wii fit

Rasa Malaysia said...

Eel is one fish that I dare not touch or attempt to cook. They look too slimey to be handled. LOL. Bravo to you in making such a beautiful dish out of it and your handling skills. :)


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