I've been craving for lobster roll for the longest time! I've eaten it before, once in Osaka, once at Pasar Bella (Turf City Singapore) and even made it at home. The combination of toasted butter roll with spicy, creamy and succulent lobster salad is simply perfect match.
But today I've found a match to the lobster roll, that is the Salted Egg Yolk Crayfish Roll. Well, the crayfish meat can be substituted with lobster or even prawn, but the key here is Salted Egg Yolk!! I combined the ingredients for the lobster roll with a salted egg yolk sauce and wham, the result is pretty amazing I would say!
The typical sauce ingredients for lobster roll are mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce/wasabi for those who wanted it spicy. What I did was to cook a salted egg yolk sauce using butter, curry leaves, chilli padi (optional), salted egg yolk powder, and add fresh milk, mayonnaise, lemon juice and sugar to make a thick creamy sauce, and finally toss in the crayfish meat along with some parsley and celery.
The sauce can also be used as a dip for fries (or anything you fancy), so I made extra batch for that :p
Why crayfish? Coz it's a cheaper alternative to lobster and I find the meat texture quite similar to that of lobster. Prawns can be used as well, but try to use larger prawns for the bouncy juicy crunch.
And oh, back to the salted egg yolk! I used to use whole salted eggs when I want to cook salted egg yolks dishes. I would basically steam the yolk and discard the egg white portion. I know it's kind of a waste. So I'm really glad that Knorr came up with this Golden Salted Egg Yolk Powder which is so convenient. It is made from real pasteurised egg yolks with no added MSG and preservatives as well!
Salted Egg Yolk Crayfish Roll
(makes 2-3 rolls)
- 5 pcs crayfish meat (about 800g with shell) *can be substituted with lobster or prawn
- 20g salted butter
- 10-12 curry leaves
- 1 chilli padi, finely chopped (optional)
- 4 tbsp Knorr golden salted egg powder
- 2 tbsp fresh milk
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- 3 tbsp finely diced celery
- 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
- 1 tbsp finely chopped chives
- 2-3 split-top hotdog buns (store-bought)
- Salted butter
- Bring a pot of water to boil and add a pinch of salt. Add the crayfish meat, cook for about 5 mins. Drain and set aside.
- In a sauce pan over low heat, add salted butter.
- Once butter melts, add curry leaves and fry till fragrant for 1 min.
- Add chopped chilli padi and fry for 1 min.
- Add the salted egg powder, the mixture will turn dry as the powder soak up all the butter. Stir fry till fragrant.
- Add fresh milk, mayonnaise, lemon juice and sugar, mix well into a thick sauce. Let the sauce cool down slightly.
- Cut the crayfish into bite-size pieces. Toss the crayfish meat into the salted egg yolk sauce. Add parsley and celery and mix well.
- Split the top of the hotdog buns, butter the buns, toast in air-fryer or toaster for 3-4 mins till slightly browned.
- Stuff the salted egg yolk crayfish into the hotdog buns, sprinkle some chives.
- Best served warm.
*I made 2 rolls only as I overstuffed each roll. For smaller rolls, the ingredients are enough to fill 3 rolls.
*I made extra batch using same ingredients for fries dipping sauce.
Super super love this Salted Egg Yolk Crayfish Roll! The sauce is thick and creamy, slightly spicy and salty with the unique taste of salted egg yolk and really goes well with the bouncy and juicy crayfish meat, as well as toasted butter roll. Be sure to add the celery as it contributes a tiny sweet crunchy texture; as well as the aromatics (parsley and chives) to balance the otherwise heavy sauce.
Now that I can make this roll, not sure if I would go back to the regular lobster roll or not :p
I'm also submitting this recipe for Knorr's Most Egg-citing Cooking Contest organised by Singapore Home Cooks! Knorr is giving away attractive prizes for top recipes submitted – with goodie bags worth $100 + $20 Fairprice vouchers to be won! Selected recipes will even be featured on the Knorr Website!
Woohoo! Wish me luck!