Wednesday, June 19, 2013

[Tony's Creation]Shrimp with vermicelli hot pot

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[Prep: 20 minutes | Cook: 20 minutes| Serve: 4 | Calories: 290 per serving ]
.: 簡介 Info:.
Thai basil, or Asian basil (húng quế in Vietnamese) is a type of sweet basil native to Southeast Asia that has been cultivated to provide distinctive traits. Its flavor is more stable under high or extended cooking temperatures than that of sweet basil. Thai basil exhibits small, narrow leaves and purple stems, with a mauve (pink-purple) flower.
.: 材料 Ingredients :. 
Group A
1- Headless & Peeled shrimps, vein removed, cleaned, 400g
2- White pepper flake, 1/2 tsp
3- Salt, 1/2 tsp
4- Corn starch, 1 tsp
Group B
1- 1 Medium onion, peeled, sliced
2- 1 bell pepper, cored, sliced
3- 10 Thai basil leaves, optional
4- Vermicelli, soaked, cut into half, 80g
5- minced garlic, 1 tbsp

6- oyster sauce, 1 tbsp
7- chicken broth, 1 cup
8- Fish sauce, 1 tsp
9- Shallots, peeled, sliced, 2 pieces
10- Green onion, diced, 2 tbsp
11- Sesame oil, 1 tsp
12- Bean sprout, 50g

.: 做法 Directions :.
Step 1:

Combine the Group A ingredients together and marinade it for 15 minutes.  Heat the clay pot with 1/2 tbsp of oil over medium high heat until hot. Add in the garlic, shallots, green onion, and onion with 1/3 tsp of salt. Stir-fry the ingredients until the onion is soft (about 2-3 minutes). Add in the bell pepper and oyster sauce. Mix it well. 

Step 2:

Add in the chicken broth and bring it to boil.  Add in the vermicelli and cook for 1 minute.  Turn the heat off.  Cover and simmer until the sauce is all absorbed by the vermicelli (about 5 minutes). 

Step 3:
Blanch the bean sprout for 30 seconds.  Drain it well and top it on the vermicelli.  Heat the pan with 1/2 tbsp of oil over medium-high heat until hot. Pan-fry the shrimps until it is fully cooked (pan-fry about 3-4 minutes per side).  Top it on the bean sprout.  Add in the sesame oil, fish sauce and basil leaves. Dish it up.  Mix it well and serve it hot.

.: 小貼士 Cook's notes :.
1- It is recommended to clean the shrimps with the corn starch.
2- Salt can improve the texture of the shrimps. Make sure you dry the shrimps well before marinade it with the salt to have better result
3- Taste before adding the fish sauce.
4- Vermicelli tastes better by simmering it instead of directly cooking it.

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