"Drunken" Peekytoe Crab Salad with Soft Cardamom Custard
*Shaoxing wine is an aged Chinese rice wine.
For Crab Salad:
In a small bowl, season crab with olive oil, scallion, chili and salt. Keep chilled until assembled.
Preheat oven to 300?F. Simmer chicken stock with cardamom pods for 5 minutes until infused. Remove from heat and season with salt. Whisk egg whites into the stock and then pass mixture through a sieve into a bowl. Pour custard into ovenproof ramekins. Place custard in a bain-marie and bake for 17 minutes.
For Ginger Syrup:
Bring lime juice and sugar to a boil. Add ginger slices and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer until syrup reaches a nappé consistency. Remove from heat and let syrup steep for 10 minutes. Let cool, cover and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine Shaoxing wine and ginger syrup. Season with salt and set aside.
To Assemble and Serve:
Remove custard to serving plate. Mound crab salad on top of custard and drizzle with dressing. Garnish with cilantro.
A delicate white such as a Riesling or Chenin Blanc.