To truly experience the wondrous joy of Chinese New Year (this year being the Year of the Horse), one must surround themselves with color, joy, laughter and great food. You don't have to be Chinese to celebrate this festive time of the year and many cities across American will be holding parades to honor the Year of the Horse during the 15-day celebration. Personally, I can't think of a better way of celebrating than with some classic dishes from China (real Chinese food, not Americanized Chinese food).
On the east coast of China sits a city of immense beauty and with more than a trace of mystery. Hugging the coast of the East China Sea, Shanghai is a food lovers paradise. As with any city that hugs the sea, Shanghai is known for its wonderful seafood but the Chinese people take their love of seafood and make it even more enjoyable and healthy, by presenting it with fresh vegetables. In the case of this outstanding dish, the fresh vegetables are bok choy and fresh beansprouts.
Not only is this a very simple dish to prepare at home, it is also the type of Chinese entree which gives you those incredible aromas of a real Chinese kitchen and the exotic tastes of real Chinese food. As with most Chinese dishes, this is very low in calories and fat and very high in taste.
I have had various versions of this dish made with other types of seafood and all were quite good but there is something about using shrimp for this dish which makes the final product damn near perfect. Mind you, this is not the Americanized Chinese food you're used to slopping at a so-called Chinese restaurants in America, this is the real deal!
Ingredients needed to make Hoisin Shrimp with Bok Choy (serves 4):
- 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 tsp. Chinese 5-spice powder
- 2 Tbs. peanut oil
- 1 12-ounce bag of fresh beansprouts
- 1 lb. bok choy, chopped
- 1/2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
- 1 Tbs. hoisin sauce
- 2 Tbs. oyster sauce
- 2 Tbs. dry sherry
- 1 tsp. Chinese chili/garlic sauce
- Rinse the shrimp under cold running water and pat dry.
- Into a wok of large saute pan, heat the peanut oil over medium high heat.
- Add the shrimp and 5-spice powder and stir-fry 3 minutes.
- Add all the remaining ingredients and stir-fry 7 minutes.
- Serve over steamed rice or sobo noodles.
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