Roast pork and Moreton Bay Bug spicy chilli kale cabbage stir-fry with horseradish cream
Please check out why I’m in Brisbane at the moment at My Thoughts and Stuff. It’s been a bit stressful but when there was a bit of good news I decided to splurge and celebrate a little.
I combined roasted pork rasher with some Moreton Bay Bug (aka Slipper lobster, flathead lobster, Thenus orientalis) plus some spicy chilli kale and cabbage stir-fry with horseradish cream.
Did you know that Moreton Bay Bugs and Balmain Bugs are different species? The eyes on the MBBs are farther apart and I reckon Moreton Bay Bugs taste superior to those named after the Sydney suburb of Balmain.
- 4 Pork rashers with the rind off
- 2 Moreton Bay Bugs
- 1 Packet Kale coleslaw
- 4 Bird’s eye chillies
- 1 teaspoon Horseradish cream
- 1 teaspoon Sour cream
Place the pork rashers into a hot (220 °C) oven for 1 hour
Remove the head of the Moreton Bay Bug
Split the tail on half lengthways
Remove the meat from the tail and break it up
Put the meat aside in a bowl in the refrigerator
When the pork has finished cooking remove it from the oven and set it on absorbent paper to drain the free liquid fat
Start to stir-fry the kale coleslaw and sliced bird’s eye chillies
When the cabbage has softened add the horseradish cream and sour cream and stir through
Turn the heat off and keep stirring through the horseradish cream and sour cream
Take the pan off the stove and set aside for a few minutes
While the stir-fry is cooling cut the pork rashers into small pieces
Add the Moreton Bay Bug meat to the stir-fry and mix through
Add the stir-fry and bug meat to bowls and top with the pork rasher meat
Serve with chopsticks
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Questions and answers
Where are Moreton Bay Bugs found?
Moreton Bay Bugs are found in the Indian and Pacific oceans. They are known as the slipper lobster as well as the flathead lobster. The scientific name is Thenus orientalis.
Do Moreton Bay Bugs taste better than other seafood?
Well, I prefer Top End Mud Crab and North Sea King crab, but I reckon Moreton Bay Bugs which are fresh are as good as if not better than most prawns. I’d eat fresh oysters over bugs as well as fresh scallops.
What is it with the kale coleslaw?
It’s easily available in the supermarket, it’s colourful, it tastes good and it’s high in fibre. It also stir-fries really well and absorbs strong flavours nicely.
Have you ever combined pork and seafood?
Let me know in the comments below.