Thai Chili Garlic Shrimps
Total Time: 40 minutes Yield: 2 servings Level: Easy
The first time I made this recipe was at a family dinner and I remember my cousin telling me to never share it with anyone except her. I've made it on frequent occasions and it's always been a hit. The recipe is not meant to be "authentic", per se, but it is incredibly delicious. If you love the basil and chili flavors of Thai food you will love this dish.
One of the central ingredients in this recipe is Chili paste. There are a number of options available at Asian grocery stores but I prefer to use Sambal Oelek (the one on the left). It has a really good balance of vinegar and chili flavors.
Ingredients for marinade:
Shrimps - 250 grams (about 1 cup)
Lemon juice - 1/2 lemon
Tapioca flour (or Tempura batter mix) - 2 tbsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Ingredients for stir fry:
Garlic (chopped) - 4 cloves
Green chili chopped - 1
Sambal Oelek (chili paste) - 1 tbsp
Oyster sauce - 1 tsp
Fish sauce - 1 tsp
palm sugar (or plain sugar) - 1 tsp
Thai basil chopped - 1 tbsp
Oil 2 tbsp
Chicken stock 1/4 cup
Marinate the shrimps with lemon juice and salt for an hour. Then coat the shrimps with tapioca flour and deep fry the shrimps.
Note: The reason i prefer tapioca flour is because the cooked batter tends to remain crispy significantly longer after it has been coated with the sauce.
Deep fry the shrimps until they are golden brown. This will take about 2 to 3 minutes. You definitely don't want to dry the shrimp by overcooking them.
In a wok heat the oil and saute the garlic until fragrant.
Apart from the chicken stock and Shrimp add the rest of the the ingredients.
When the oil separates add the chicken stock. Bring it to a boil and reduce the sauce to a slightly thick consistency.
Note: You can even make this a gravy dish. Just double the amount of chicken stock and thicken the gravy with cornflour and serve with rice.
Add the shrimps until they are well coated with the garlic saute mix.
This spicy and garlicky dish is great for any occasion. It can be served with rice or noodles. It can also be served on its own as an appetizer.