Scrub the bounded crab with a brush under running water. DO NOT untie the crab.
Step 2: Prepare the steamer
Half fill a wok with water and put a small bowl on top, followed by a plate on top of it. Cover and wait till the water boils before placing the crabs in. (Alternatively you can use an electric steamer.)
Step 3: Prepare the crabs for steaming
Put some perilla leaves into the boiling water. Place slices of young ginger flat on the plate. Lay the crabs on top of the plate BELLY SIDE UP and place the plate in the wok.
Step 4: Steaming
Steam the crabs accordingly to size and number of crabs in your steamer
Weight below 200g - 15 to 20 mins
Weight above 200g - 20 to 25 mins
If you have more crabs in your steamer, you may need to increase the time. The crabs are done when their color change from a green/grey color to a nice orange crimson color.
Step 5: Prepare the vinegar sauce
Add 1/4 cup of chinese black vinegar, some brown sugar (add more/less accordingly) and some minced young ginger.
Step 6: Arrange the table and prepare for your feast!
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