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    Cantonese Shrimp

    Cantonese Shrimp. Photo by FLKeysJen

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    33 mins

    25 mins

    8 mins

    silky's Note:

    A very tasty shrimp dish that does taste authentically Chinese.

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    First Sauce

    Second Sauce


    1. 1
      Peel and devein the shrimp.
    2. 2
      Rinse thoroughly, pat dry and coat with cornstarch (do this in a small plastic bag, a few shrimp at a time).
    3. 3
      Peel and smash the garlic.
    4. 4
      Rinse the black beans under hot water, then drain well.
    5. 5
      In separate bowls, combine the First and Second Sauces so they are ready to be added.
    6. 6
      Cook the shrimp in boiling salted (1 tsp) water for 30-40 seconds.
    7. 7
      Drain and pat dry.
    8. 8
      Place on a platter.
    9. 9
      Heat a wok and add the oil.
    10. 10
      Heat for 15 seconds, then add the ginger slices.
    11. 11
      Stir until lightly browned, then add the garlic.
    12. 12
      Stir until lightly browned.
    13. 13
      Remove and discard both.
    14. 14
      Add the salted beans, stir for 10 seconds, then add the ground pork or beef.
    15. 15
      Stir vigorously to mix and break up the meat.
    16. 16
      Cook until the meat is no longer pink and add the green onions.
    17. 17
      Stir another 30 seconds, add the shrimp, and stir to mix well.
    18. 18
      Mix the First Sauce quickly and pour down the side of the wok, stirring all the while.
    19. 19
      Shovel the contents of the wok to one side.
    20. 20
      Mix the Second Sauce quickly and pour down the vacated side of the wok.
    21. 21
      Stir to thicken with the point of the spatula.
    22. 22
      Mix with the shrimp.
    23. 23
      Reduce the heat.
    24. 24
      Pour the beaten egg over the shrimp.
    25. 25
      Allow to set for 15 seconds then fold in slowly until soft threads appear.
    26. 26
      Stir gently to mix.
    27. 27
      Remove to a platter and serve immediately.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 15, 2013


      Outstanding! I chose to stir fry instead of boil the shrimp, used extra fermented black beans and green onions since I love them, and did not discard the garlic and finely chopped ginger. This recipe is perfect as written, however, and does taste authentic!

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    • on October 16, 2013


      I fried the shrimp and have never seen fermented black beans but otherwise made as written. I would say it would serve 2-3, as DH finished it off. Served with rice. YUMMY!

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    Nutritional Facts for Cantonese Shrimp

    Serving Size: 1 (159 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 303.1
    Calories from Fat 168
    Total Fat 18.7 g
    Saturated Fat 4.1 g
    Cholesterol 204.6 mg
    Sodium 1069.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 8.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
    Sugars 1.1 g
    Protein 23.4 g

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    fermented black beans

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