Sunday, December 9, 2007

Shrimps in Spicy Black Bean Sauce

When I have guests over, especially the ones who love seafood, I can't think of an easier and quicker dish to make than shrimps in a spicy blackbean sauce. This weekend, we had a couple of guests over who just love eating anything that's good. This recipe is the exact same recipe as the lobster in spicy blackbean sauce I had posted a few months back, except that it is a lot easier, since there is nothing to do with the shrimps. You just throw them in the sauce and sit back and let them cook with everything else. To make it spicier, just add more fresh chili peppers or chili paste. All I could hear from my guests was "mmmh...". Do you know how gratifying that simple sound is to someone who loves cooking, not only for herself, but for others too?

Recipe "au pif":
2 lbs medium-sized fresh shrimps (jumbo shrimps, even better) - shells removed
3/4 lb ground pork
1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper (about 3/4 of 1 red bell pepper)
1 cup chopped green onions (scallions)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 tbsp black bean sauce (local asian grocery store)
1 tbsp oyster sauce (local asian grocery store)
1 tbsp corn starch
1 tsp red chili paste (depending on how much heat you can take), or thinly sliced red chili peppers
1 1/2 cup water
a pinch of coarse sea salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
4 tbsp canola oil for cooking

Season the shrimps in salt and pepper.

In a small bowl mix water, corn starch, oyster sauce and chili paste with a wisk and put aside for later to make the sauce.

Heat 2 tbsp canola oil in wok or big sauce pan. Stir fry the shrimps for about 2 minutes until brown. Put aside in .

Heat 1 tbsp canola oil in wok on medium heat and add in ground pork (with a wooden spoon continuously break and stir the pork to make sure pork is cooked in fine granular pieces, and not chunks). Remove cooked pork and put aside.

Increase heat at high, add in remaining 1 tbsp of the canola oil in wok and stir fry scallions, garlic, red bell peppers. Immediately add in the cooked pork and stir. Pour in the water mixture, lower heat and stir until sauce becomes thick like gravy. Add in the shrimps and stir 2 minutes until well mixed.

Serve warm with white steamed Jasmin rice. Serves 4...or 2 hungry people.


Chocolate Shavings said...

That looks stunning, and if you say it's easy to put together too, I'm in!

Anonymous said...

What else is in that? It looks like ground meat or chopped walnuts

QlinArt said...

Hello Anonymous,
It's ground pork, no nuts ;)
you sound repelled, am I wrong?

Anonymous said...

gret photo, looks amazing. I think pork will for fine.

gaga said...

That looks much tastier than most black bean sauce shrimps. It's fresh has lots of great color with all the veggies you put in. Yum!