Crocodile on the noodles.
Sometimes I want to make something, that is unusual in my homeland.
This time on the street market I found a man with a crocodile.
Beast was already resting in peace (nobody can live with separated limbs), so I decided to make good use of one of the parts.
It is not cheap, but is worth its price – because of taste.
In this dish I’m showing how I prepared all meat, but I used only few chunks – this was my first crocodile dish and I didn’t want to risk.
preparation time: 10-15 minutes
cooking time: 10 minutes
level: medium (because of delicate meat – need some experience in frying fish etc.)
- crocodile tail, and exactly - part of it
- lotus root
- mushrooms (I used two kinds, one medium with small brown heads, and one huge for a slices)
- some leaves
- dried rice noodles (wide)
first You need to separate meat
it takes about 5-10 minutes if You are note xperienced, and 2-3 if You already done it before
cut the skin (on bottom part is always thinner)
holding the skin with one hand – “push the meat away” with delicate moves of the knife
after that you have it skinned
now remove meat from the bones – almost the same way, just a little cutting,
more sliding the knife edge and “pushing” the meat from the bones
this picture shows it half-way
and here we have completely separated meat
(do not throw-out the bones! There is still some meat on it, and You can make a nice soup).
OK, so then cut some meat in medium (2-3 cm) cubes, and add some sliced garlic (and let it stay, while making other “manipulations”…
sink the rice noodles in hot water and in meantime – do the vegetables
time to prepare smaller mushrooms – just by cutting-off lowest parts
and cutting bigger one in thin slices
some leaves can add more “vegetable” taste, and improve color of the dish
lotus root should be done last (because it changes the color when unused)
cleaning lotus root – by scratching its surface
then cutting-off the ends
cutting few slices (quite thin – no more then 2-3 mm)
pour some oil on the pan or wok (first time I’ve done it in the non-sticking pan)
heat it on high (if You use wok - heat it before adding an oil)
fry crocodile meat cubes until it changes color
(30 seconds, maybe a little more, but be careful not to fry it completely at this stage, if You do so – meat would be to dry)
then remove it from the pan (throwthe burned garlic away)
on the same oil fry slices of lotus, and big mushroom
when slices are a little golden-brown (2-3 minutes) – remove it from the pan
(to the same bowl when meat is waiting)
throw in smaller mushrooms, and fry until it changes color, and soften a little (1-2minutes).
mushrooms may “drink” oil from the pan, it is OK – it consist a nice taste of all the fried ingredients
add the soaked noodles (should be quite soft by now), and fry a little
add the green leaves, fry for a few seconds
then add all previously fried ingredients and stir fry for few seconds
at the very end – add a dash (ok, maybe more – few table spoons) of water, and cover,
then simmer for 1 minute to reheat and soften all ingredients
serve hot J
on the table - I added a little bit of high quality light soy sauce to add some salty taste