People all over China enjoy jumbo shrimp (king prawns), making them a food for celebrations. The word for shrimp, har, has the same sound as the word for "laughter." Thus the Chinese link the eating of shrimp with happiness. A special shrimp dish is always a feature of Chinese New Year dinners.
- 1 1/2 pounds fresh uncooked (green), jumbo shrimp (king prawns), shelled, with tails intact and deveined
- 4 cups peanut oil, for deep-frying
- 6 thin slices fresh ginger
- 2 ounces bamboo shoots (available at Chinese stores)
- 2 scallions (spring onions), cut into 2-inch lengths
- 4 ounces snow peas, topped and tailed
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup Family Chicken Broth
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch, disolved in 1 tablespoon cold water, for thickening
- 1 tablespoon Shaoxing rice wine (available at Chinese stores) or dry sherry
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
Companion recipe: Family Chicken Broth
Wash the shrimp thoroughly under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels.
In a wok, heat the peanut oil to moderately hot. Add the shrimp and cook for 30 seconds. Drain and transfer to a plate.
Pour off the oil from the wok; wipe out the wok with paper towels. Add enough oil to coat the wok, and heat to almost smoking. Add the ginger, bamboo shoots and the scallions and stir-fry for 20 seconds. Return the shrimp and add the snow peas and toss over high heat to combine well. Add salt and chicken broth and bring to a fast boil. Boil for 1 1/2 minutes. Stirin the cornstach thickening and cook until smooth. Add the rice wine and the sesame oil. Transfer the contents from the wok to a large serving plate.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
265 calories; 23g total fat; 101mg cholesterol; 192mg sodium; 2g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 12g protein
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