Though chef Hans Röckenwagner makes homemade mayonnaise for this recipe; you can substitute 1 1/4 cups of jarred mayonnaise blended with 1 tablespoon of minced lemongrass, from the tender white bulb, and 1 teaspoon of finely grated ginger; let sit for 30 minutes.Plus: More Appetizer Recipes and Tips

Hans Röckenwagner
March 2003

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© Michael Weschler

Recipe Summary

active:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Yield:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a saucepan, combine the canola oil, ginger and lemongrass. Cook over moderately low heat until small bubbles appear around the side, 10 minutes. Let cool, then strain. In a blender or mini food processor, combine the mirin, rice vinegar, dry mustard and egg yolks; process until smooth. With the machine on, add the infused oil in a thin stream and process until emulsified. Season with salt and white pepper.

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  • In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, vinegar, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, crushed red pepper and bay leaf and simmer until the sugar has dissolved. In a heatproof bowl, carefully toss the melon balls with the brine and let cool.

  • In a bowl, mix 3/4 cup of the lemongrass mayonnaise, the scallions, basil, cilantro and the 1 1/2 cups of bread crumbs. Add the crab and season with salt and white pepper. Pat the mixture into 8 cakes about 3/4 inch thick; coat with bread crumbs. Set the cakes on a wax paper-lined plate.

  • In a nonstick skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add half of the crab cakes and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until golden, 6 minutes; drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining butter, oil and crab cakes. Set 2 crab cakes on each plate and add a dollop of the mayonnaise. Discard the bay leaf from the melon balls and serve in small bowls.