Basic deep-fried shrimp

Yield: 6 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 pounds Shrimp
\N \N Batter
\N \N Oil for deep-frying

1. Shell and devein shrimp, leaving tail segments intact.

2. Prepare any of the batters (see recipes for "... Batter for Deep-Fried Shrimp": "Egg", "Eggless", "Egg-White" or "Separated Egg"). Then holding each shrimp by the tail, dip in batter to coat.

3. Meanwhile heat oil. Add shrimp one by one (if dropped in all at once, they'll form a solid mass), or place in a wire basket and lower into oil.

4. Reduce heat to medium and deep-fry until shrimp float and are golden on both sides. (Depending on size, this will take 3 to 5 minutes.) Drain on paper toweling.

5. Serve hot, garnished with lettuce strips and Chinese parsley, and accompa- nied by plum sauce, hot mustard, catsup or "Basic Pepper-Salt Mix", or "Dip for Deep-Fried Shrimp #1/#2", or "Miscellaneous Dips for Deep-Fried Shrimp". Or serve with a sweet-and-pungent sauce (see recipes for "Sweet-and-Pungent" Sauces).

NOTE: See Note under "Deep-fried Shrimp without Batter". VARIATIONS: 1. In step 1, strip off legs and devein, but leave the shells intact; or else butterfly the shrimp. See "Information: Other Seafood".) 2. After step 1, marinate the shrimp in a mixture of 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 3 tablespoons sherry, 1 teaspoon ginger root, minced; and ¼ teaspoon salt. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes, turning occasionally. Drain, discarding marinade. Then coat with batter as in step 2, or dredge lightly in flour.

3. In the above variation, add to the marinade any or all of the following: 1 scallion, minced; ½ teaspoon garlic powder; a few drops of sesame oil.

From <The Thousand Recipe Chinese Cookbook>, ISBN 0-517-65870-4. Downloaded from Glen's MM Recipe Archive, .

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