Saturday, September 1, 2012

Maine Lobster Roll (serves 1)

Maine lobster roll
I spent 16 years living in Maine but did not really appreciate the beauty and the abundance of freshly caught seafood in this state until I left to live in landlocked Minnesota. Maine lobster is a popular seafood enjoyed by both locals and tourists.  When you visit Maine and order lobsters or clams you may also get a plain butter sauce for dipping. Today I share with you my mother's (Khém) version of this butter sauce. It is a sauce that she had concocted to make something ordinary into something that is tasty and well loved by all of my brothers and me. When any of my brothers and I eat lobsters this is the sauce we make. 

My tiger mother is an extraordinary woman. There is really no one quite like her.  Growing up in America my mother would always cook no matter if she was working and/or in school. One would think she lives in the kitchen but that is not the case. She is just a very fast and talented cook, within a short time we would be eating all sorts of delicious healthy dishes. Growing up in Maine we (seven of us) never went out to eat in restaurants or ordered take out food. I guess it was mostly due to the fact that we were poor. My parents had to take care of 5 young children and also their siblings, parents and even some friends back in Vietnam. Even when we left the house and were living on our own my mother would continue to cook healthy tasty food and freeze them for us. When she visits she brings us coolers full of food in zip-lock bags (with dates clearly marked!). She does not need to do this (and we all repeatedly told her not to bring us food) but she is our mother.  She worked hard all her life and I think she wants us (kids) to work a little less hard than she did.  

Maine Lobster Roll 


1 cooked Maine lobster, cut into bite size
1 Hot dog bun, toasted (optional, but it is much better if toasted!)
1/2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp canola oil
My Mother's Secret Butter Sauce (recipe follows)


1) Cook lobster and cut meat into bite size.
2) Heat a small sized pan over medium high heat.
3) Add butter and canola oil until butter melted.
4) Fry the bun until golden.
5) Stuff the lobster meat in the bun and serve with the sauce on the side.

My Mother's Secret Butter Sauce (may serve 2)


2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 tsp fish sauce
1/4 tsp sugar
1 tsp scallions, chopped


Place all ingredients in a small microwaveable bowl, microwave over high heat for about 15-20 seconds or until the butter melts. Stir and serve.

*If you use salted butter you may add less fish sauce, the sauce should not be too salty or too sweet.
*Please eat this sauce with moderation!!

zip lock bag of lobster meat from my mother
typical old-fashioned Maine
wooden lobster trap

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