Singapore hotpot recipe

BY Liliana Engelhardt | Recipe: Crusoe's on the lake
Guests at Crusoe’s on the Lake enjoy views across Lake Macquarie while dining on local specialties, including this delicious Singapore hotpot.

Crusoe’s on the Lake, located at Lake Macquarie Yacht Club in Belmont, NSW, is a very social space where you can gather with friends to enjoy the day while grazing on tapas and shared plates with cocktails, or tuck into classic pub fare with a refreshing coldie.

Crusoe’s towering seafood platter and the Singapore hotpot featured here are favourites among the locals, and be sure to check Chef Dylan’s specials board for his latest creations.

If you’re looking for a place to stay nearby, consider Lake Mac Holiday Parks Belmont. Located on a little peninsula within walking distance of Crusoe’s, the holiday park has powered campsites for tents and mobile homes, a range of spacious villas and two-bedroom or en suite cabins, and an accessible duplex near the park’s entrance.

  • Serves 4
  • 2 mud crabs, cleaned and claws cracked
  • 200g green prawns, peeled
  • 2 squid tubes, cleaned and sliced
  • 100g fresh market fish (Crusoe’s recommends barramundi)
  • 200g fresh black mussels
  • 2 red onions, sliced
  • 50g ginger stem, peeled, roughly sliced
  • 4 long red chillies
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemongrass stem, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups (500ml) beef stock
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • ½ cup (120g) sweet chilli sauce
  • 2 tbsp palm sugar
  • 1 green shallot (spring onion), sliced
  • ½ cup (50g) butter
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch

    Optional: coriander, sesame seeds, chilli
    To serve: steamed rice or toasted sourdough

Prepare the mud crabs: remove the base flap, remove the head and clear out the cavity. Remove the gills on both sides. Wash thoroughly. Cut the crabs in half down the middle, then divide into four parts. Using the back of a knife, crack the crab legs and claws open to allow flavours to infuse while cooking.

Clean and prepare all seafood ingredients and set aside.

Spice paste: in a food processor, combine red onions, ginger, chillies, garlic, lemongrass, fish sauce and soy sauce – blitz until smooth. Reserve 1 tablespoon.

Heat oil in a pot or large wok over medium heat. Set aside 1 tablespoon of the spice paste for the seafood, add remainder to the pot/wok and fry for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring until fragrant.

Add the prepared mud crabs, stir to combine and to coat the crab. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes until the crab starts to change colour.

Add crushed tomatoes, beef stock, rice wine vinegar, sweet chilli sauce and palm sugar, stir until fully combined. Add the black mussels, pop on a lid and cook for a further 15 minutes.

Pan fry the remaining seafood in a pan with a little oil and reserved tablespoon of spice paste.

Remove crabs from the pot/wok and place aside. Add butter, green shallot (spring onion) and cornstarch to the sauce, stir to combine. Cook until the sauce starts to thicken, then add all seafood and combine well.

Garnish with coriander, sesame seeds and chilli. Enjoy it on its own, over steamed rice or with toasted sourdough. 

Recipe courtesy of Crusoe's on the lake , for the Culinary Cruising feature in Vol 38.2 April-May 2023 Club Marine Magazine.

Visit  Lake Mac Holiday Parks Belmont for details about Lake Macquarie Holiday Parks.

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