Lobster balls and long beans stir fry

Sam likes buying those frozen seafood balls in the grocery — fish balls, squid balls, shrimp balls, prawn balls, crab balls, lobster balls… I always ask her to choose fish balls over the others because I am allergic to crustaceans. Last time, she wanted lobster balls and she couldn’t be persuaded to choose something else. I sighed — resigned to the fact that I won’t get a bite.

Earlier today, I was preparing lunch and I realized that the freezer was almost empty. But the bag of lobster balls was still unopened. I decided I’d make something with it for the girls and I could just have the leftover almondigas from last night.

I was cutting the bag open when my eyes lingered on the labels. What do you know? The darn lobster balls were made with fish. Good for me.

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Inspired that I could eat more than leftovers, I did something really good with the lobster balls. I stir fried them with sitaw, very Chinese style.

Then, I made avocado salad at Sam’s insistence. The avocado salad recipe, later; the recipe for the lobster calls and long beans stir fry, right now.

Recipe: Lobster balls and long beans stir fry

Ingredients

  • a bunch of sitaw (a.k.a. long beans, string beans), the amount depends on whether you want less vegetables and more lobster balls or just the opposite
  • salt
  • 2 tbsps. of cooking oil
  • 12 lobster balls, quartered
  • 2 red onions, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. of grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp. of light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsps. of oyster sauce
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 2 generous pinches of sugar
  • a drizzle of sesame seed oil

Instructions

  1. Boil about six cups of water with 1 tbsp. of salt.
  2. Cut off both tips of the long beans and discard.
  3. Cut the long beans into two-inch lengths. Drop into the boiling water. Cook for about ten minutes. Drain, rise with cold water, drain again and set aside.
  4. Heat the cooking oil in a frying pan or wok.
  5. Fry the quartered lobster balls until the edges start to brown.
  6. Add the chopped onions, minced garlic and grated ginger. Stir fry for a minute.
  7. Add the cooked long beans. Stir.
  8. Pour in the soy sauce and oyster sauce. Season with pepper and sugar. Stir and toss alternately just until the long beans are heated through.
  9. Turn off the heat, drizzle with a little sesame seed oil and serve hot.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4