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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Crab Roe Tofu 蟹粉豆腐, Shanghai Charms and a $60 CSN Giveaway

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If you haven't noticed, China is getting rich. Even though more than 90% of the chinese population is still struggling to make ends meet, there is a very significant number of Chinese who are so cash rich that they can afford to swarm the Louis Vuitton boutique in Singapore and clear out the shelves in one single shopping spree. China is where one would find the newest and most avant garde architectures and ID today. Hotels and restaurants in Shanghai and Beijing are trying to outdo each other with visually breathtaking interior designs.(though quality is of secondary priority now, appearance is King.) I have always liked Chinese/Asian elements and seek to incorporate these into my living space. Though, with the generally small space we have here, one needs to be careful not to weigh down the interior with over-the-top designs. 6 years ago, when I moved into my apt, I had fun tearing down the whole apartment and building everything according to my very own 'vision'. My inspirations were basically gathered from the hotels and restaurants I have been to during my business travels. During my recent business trip to Shanghai, I did not have good food but found consolation in being stuck in a very nice hotel for the whole week. The bathroom at the Sofitel Shanghai delighted me immensely. I loved the way they had incorporated the Chinese elements into the bathroom.



I loved the simple lines of the Chinese Screen doors that separated the bathroom from the bedroom and thought the use of a traditional Chinese Chest as storage under the sink was quite brilliant. Yes, I would definitely file these away for future reference and I am bookmarking these beautiful bathroom sinks which I found on CSN's Just Vainities on-line bathroom store for the perfect finishing touch to the Asian theme bathroom!

Sink Collagte

Shanghainese food is not one of my favourite Chinese cuisine but there are a couple of dishes that I do look forward to having. Among them are the famous Xiaolong Bao(小笼包),Braised Lion Head Meat Ball(红烧狮子头) and Crab Roe Tofu (蟹粉豆腐). When I was using Taba Ng Talangka for my spaghetti dish last week, I realised I could totally work this into the Crab Roe Tofu. Braised with crab meat and tofu, the Taba Ng Talangka imparted the distinct sweet flavour that can only be associated with seafood. It was so flavourful that all you need is a bowl of steamed white rice and you will find yourself scraping at the very last rice grain at the bottom of the bowl.
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Crab Meat Tofu 9

Crab Meat Tofu 7

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Now that I've had an extremely satisfying dinner, it's time to go shopping! I have a US$60 CSN voucher to be given away to a lucky reader. Just leave a comment at my this post and let me know what item interests you. You can select from many CSN sites available. I know these giveaways are usually opened to US/Canandian residents only because CSN does not ship outside US and Canada.(Canadian readers have to pay for freight upon check out) However, I would like to exercise some flexibility here.For readers who are not based in US/Canada-if you are able to find a US based friend or forwarder whom you can send the item to, you will eligible for the giveaway as well. The mailing address needs to be an American address - that's the criteria-so be a good sport and abide by the rule. You can shop at any one of the CSN stores available.Some of their more popular sites have been,, and
Have fun shopping and good luck!

The Giveaway will be opened for a week and will end on 28th July US EST time.

Crab Meat Tofu 7 (100)
Recipe :

Chinese Tofu                  1 square
Chicken Stock                2 cups
Cooked Crab Meat        1 small bowl
Ginger                             2 slices
Garlic                              2 cloves
Taba Ng Talangka           3 tsp
Salt & Pepper
Chinese Rice wine            1 tbsp
Tapioca Starch                 1 tsp
Water                               1 tbsp

Method :

1. In a hot wok add 1 tbsp of oil. Fry garlic and ginger until fragrant. Add crab meat and stir fry quickly. Add Chinese Rice wine.
2. Add Tofu and chicken stock. Cover to braise until stock boils again. Add Taba Ng Talangka and cover and braise again for 5 mins.
3. Add Salt and Pepper to season.
4. Mix starch with water in a bowl. Add starch mixture little by little into boiling tofu, checking for thickness.
5. Dish out and serve with steamed white rice.

Tofu on Foodista


ann low said...

Oh Shirley, I love all your beautiful pictures here.
Tofu is my favorite and your bowl of Crab Roe Tofu looks very tempting, can't wait to try it!

Zurin said...

Gorgeous colours Shirley. LOVE LOVE LOVE! the vanity sinks are soo pretty too. and all time favourite food. :))LOvely post

pigpigscorner said...

OMG that looks insanely good!

TS of eatingclub vancouver said...

I love the color of those flowers.

Wow, I didn't know taba ng talangka was packaged in jars and sold!

Anyway, here's my entry to the giveaway. (Yup, I have a US address I can use.)

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

I love everything in this post, Shirley. The dish, the bowl, the photography ... everything! Some amazing shots you got there.

tigerfish said...

So yummy and another uber-umami winner! I can imagine how umami, savory and delicious this is....awesome!

Edith said...

Everything is perfect!

Carolyn Jung said...

I am in love with that tofu dish. But I admit, I may be in love with that glam bathroom even more. heehee

Jo said...

Shirley, your photos are getting so good now .. they are beautiful and I want to just reach out and grab that tofu. Never had this though but it looks so good!

Marshmallow Circus said...

I love the pics, I think I might make this for the family for Friday night! If I won, there is a super cute Wedgwood stacking bowl that I adore. :)

Thanks for the opportunity and the tip on the CSN site.

Anonymous said...

I love Chinese food! This looks great!!

Would love to win you CSN giveway and buy some more can organizers for my pantry!

rosesandt at yahoo dot com

Meryl said...

I would love a wine cooler.

WendyinKK said...

the background and the everything is so matching... how much stuff do you stuff in you so called small home? Since you always use different stuff to present your food :)

And the bathroom reminds me of Majestic Hotel, Malacca. The bath tub and sink is exactly at the same spot, with sliding doors opening to the bathtub, exactly like that, but different design.

What interest me from CSN....
I need ice cream maker!!!!! I can't churn my ice cream manually anymore la, too lazy to wait few hours.

Unknown said...

Love the photos!

I've been needing a kitchen torch :)

I love the influence of Chinese elements. I'm in Taiwan right now and there is some places are have Japanese elements

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Beautiful photos, bathroom and food, WOW WOW!!

Trissa said...

Who would have thought a Filipino delicacy like Taba ng Talangka would end up in a Chinese dish! Looks delicious - and you know my next post is also Taba ng Talangka inspired by you?!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Shirley, I love spending time in really nice hotel rooms too! And we used hotel bathrooms as inspiration for ours! :D

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Haha, Wendy, I do have alot of stuff and I constantly have to clear out stuff. Maybe I can start a props rental shop for fellow food bloggers! By the way, you may not want to take note - voltage in US and here are different.

Anh said...

So lovely, Shirley. The color and design are so beautiful.

Space Monkey 1138 said...

I know what I would be buying, a Tassimo!

Anonymous said...

I'd have to say, CSN has some nice shoes on their website! Your blog is great, and this looks delicious.



Anonymous said...

I love the hotels in China--best value for what you pay I think.

Gosh, how to choose from CSN? They seem to sell everything...but I really want a waffle maker, so maybe one of those...

Thanks for the recipe. Can't wait to try it.

silentkaouri said...

I really like the phoenix bowl you use in the pictures.

As for CSN, I think it would be nice to get an ice cream machine or a dutch oven. ^_^

Thanks for the recipe!

Cynthia said...

This dish sounds so so good!

I really want the Le Creuset 2 quart tagine!!

Domestic Diva said...

Lovely! Thanks for the chance.

And I'm ready to cook!

Kitchen Corner said...

Oh.. I like the bowl. It's like the nyonya one. Very nice leh..

Passionate About Baking said...

Hi Shirley,
I love your foods. Each and every food that you made are so special and so nicely prepared. You sure are one patient person, with high expection for perfection. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh yes...I heard about the Chinese from mainland who shop with swats of cash on hand.

Lovely dish.

Bakericious said...

Shirley, all the photos look so beautiful! I love tofu, this dish definately is for me :P.

Angie's Recipes said...

I love these chinaware...simply beautiful!
Love the the combination of tofu and crab, and flavourful.

mysimplefood said...

Hi! Visiting your blog for the first time. Very nice. The dish and the photography looks fantastic. What is Taba Ng Tanlanka??

Would love the CSN voucher. So much things to choose from. I do agree Chinese Mainland folks are getting richer. Why is that???

Unknown said...

All that food looks absolutely scrumptious!

As for the items at CSN, I believe the things that strike me the most are the stock pots and the stainless steel cookware that I would get for my hall of girls back at the dorms. Our recent captain left us and took a good majority of the cookware that we had with her.

christine said...

I love the details of the photos Shirley. Me and hubby are also into tofu.. the other source of protein sabi nga nila. If you wont mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your post. Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post so it will appear in the Foodista pages and it's all set, Thanks!

Emily N. said...

I'd get the Microplane Premium Classic Zester / Grater with Red Handle.
email in profile

Theo said...

Your blog is so lovely - glad I found it! I'd get the Cuisinart Yogurt/Sorbet/Ice-Cream maker. I've been eying it for a while now so this would be a good occasion as any!

theredcloak [at] gmail (dot) com

WendyinKK said...

I do know the voltage is different.
That's why a voltage converting adapter comes in handy :)

My sis in law brings back her laptops and uses a converter, no probs. My BIL brought back his desktop and used a converter, no prob. My SIL brought back a blender for an aunt, used a converter no prob.

So, I guess it shouldn't be a prob, but I have to buy a converting adapter for each appliance I get from US and stick the plugs to the adapters, so that it will never be forgotten to be used together. I'm aiming a KA too... damn cheap if buy from US.

SL said...

Thank you for the opportunity. Like many out there, I have been longing for an ice-cream maker.

Deeba PAB said...

Beautiful pictures, gorgeous crockery and a great giveaway! Love the use of colours in your pictures.
I'd love to be entered as I have a US address and would love an ice cream maker {I've hosted that for a giveaway before so maybe it's time I won one!}

Colleen at Forty Something Bride said...

Hi Shirley, I found you on Giveaway blogs! I would get a pasta pot, probably a Le Creuset one.


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