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From: Deborah (
Subject:         Vegetarian Crab Meat
Date: January 10, 2010 at 2:56 pm PST

In Reply to: Vegetarian Crab Meat posted by Rebecca on January 9, 2010 at 2:06 pm:

Asian supermarkets often carry a "vegetarian
imitation crab", made of soy protein and
seaweed extract.

When I bought this for the first time, I found it
so amazingly realistic,
I had to go back to the store and ask if they had
made a mistake,
and that it was real "imitation crab" (i.e. made
with fish).
The proprietor read the (Chinese) ingredient list
to me, and
reassured me that it was completely animal-free.


If you can't find "imitation imitation crab",
you can use the following as a substitute:

Tofu "Crabmeat"

1 cake waterpack firm or extra-firm Tofu
1 quart water
1/4 cup kelp powder
1 packet kombu dashi (powdered seaweed broth), or 1
tsp other seaweed powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp sweet paprika

Drain Tofu.
Put in ziplock bag, and freeze for 24 hours.
Thaw (in microwave or fridge), and gently press out
Crumble Tofu into medium-size bits.
Put all ingredients except Tofu into a saucepan.
Bring to boil.
Add Tofu.
Turn heat down to medium simmer.
Smmer for 30 minutes.
Cool and store in the broth.
Drain for use in recipes.

* An example of vegetarian "seafood"


Another type of Imitation "Crabmeat" can be made
by simmering slices of King Oyster Mushrooms
in a sweetened seaweed broth.

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