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Fresh Jumbo Shrimp Tossed with Ginger and Scallions

Source: The Heritage of Chinese Cooking
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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  30 Minutes
  Serves 6-8
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 lb 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 oz bamboo shoots (available at Chinese stores)
2 scallions (spring onions), cut into 2-inch lengths
4 oz snow peas, topped and tailed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Family Chicken Broth
1 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tablespoon cold water, for thickening
1 tablespoon Shaoxing rice wine (available at Chinese stores) or dry sherry
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Other necessary recipes:
Family Chicken Broth
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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 the salt and the chicken broth and bring to a fast boil. Boil for 1 1/2 minutes. Stir the 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.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 6-8
Calories: 265
Fat. Total: 23g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 2g
Sodium: 192mg
% Cal. from Fat: 78%
Cholesterol: 101mg
Protein: 12g
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