February 13, 2013

National Crab Rangoon Day

“Worlds can be found by a child and an adult bending down and looking together under the grass stems or at the skittering crabs in a tidal pool.” - Mary Catherine Bateson

It's National Crab Rangoon Day!

One of my favorite (Americanized) Chinese food items growing up was crab rangoon. My sister and I used to fight each other for them (and for steamed pork dumplings, too - she and I were hellions at buffets, let me tell you). There was just something so deliciously addicting about deep-fried wontons filled with rich cream cheese, scallions, and specks of red imitation crab meat. Once I parted ways with my omnivore lifestyle, I knew that I most likely wouldn't have another crab rangoon again.

But today's food holiday, like many, forced me to be creative and come up with a veg-friendly version of the dish. It certainly wasn't my finest attempt at recreating a childhood food love of mine, and it didn't taste quite like the "real" thing (whatever that is, considering crab rangoon aren't even authentically Chinese), but they were still pretty decent tasting. The next time I make these I might eliminate the sugar, soy sauce, and Worcestershire and replace it with some garlic (powder or fresh), maybe some Parmesan, and maybe even some grated ginger. If you experiment with making crab rangoon, let me know which combination of flavors worked best for you!

Happy National Crab Rangoon Day!