Shrimp with Snow Peas
A bit of shrimp, a handful of snowpeas, and a tasty sauce. Delicious—and easier than it looks.
Marinate: combine 5 marinade ingredients in a large bowl, add shrimp, and marinate for 30 minutes.
Sauce: in a separate bowl, combine ingredients for seasoning sauce. Set aside.
Stir-fry shrimp: remove shrimp from marinade and pat dry. Heat oil in a wok or skillet over high heat for 30 seconds. Add garlic for 30 seconds, stir-frying till golden; then add shrimp and stir-fry for another 30 seconds till pink. Remove and drain shrimp. Set aside.
Final stir-fry: add salt and snow peas to oil in wok. Stir-fry for 30 seconds, add seasoning sauce, stir frying until sauce thickens slightly. Return cooked shrimp to wok, coating with sauce, and serve hot with rice.
* Oyster sauce gives this dish its distinctive flavor. Don't skip it.
** Reduce vegetable oil for cooking if you want, but have extra chicken broth on hand if sauce becomes too thick.
Tips & Glossary
Many ingredients used in Chinese cooking probably aren’t in your spice shelf, but you can find them at Asian grocery stores. To avoid frustration, make a list of the items before trying recipes.
Agar Agar: dried seaweed used as a gelatin. Buy it in sticks (or strips) and soak in cold water to soften.
Chili Oil: buy it or make your own. For a recipe, see Hunan Chicken.
Chinese Cabbage: aka “Nappa”;long, white stalks with light green crinkly leaves.
Deep Frying: use a deep-fry thermometer to reach the recipe's correct temperature; if the oil isn't hot enough, the food will be soggy. When cool, the oil can be strained, refrigerated, and re-used.
Dried Shrimp: tiny, salted, sun-dried shrimp that add a pungent flavor to Asian cooking. Soak before using.
Five-Spice Powder: blend of star anise, cinamon, cloves, fennel and Szechuan peppercorns. Like allspice.
Peppersalt: buy or make your own. Heat 2 T Szechuan peppercorns in skillet 5 min. Grind into powder and mix with 2 T salt.
Sauces: Hoisin (sweet, from soybeans); Oyster (like soy, from oysters); Sweet Bean (canned, salty, from soybeans); Hot Bean (hot & salty, from soybeans and peppers).
Sesame Paste: from gound sesame seeds; substitute with peanut butter.
Sweet Rice Powder: from glutinous rice; used in place of flour in many desserts.
Szechuan peppercorns: dried reddish berries, fragrant and mildly hot.
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