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Shazam--Shrimp Goes Pao

November 01, 2000|JET TILA | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Kung pao. It's a favorite Chinese dish, mildly spicy with a tart tang.

It's commonly made with chicken, but any meat, seafood or shellfish can be substituted. I used shrimp in this rendition. To save time, shop for shrimp that are already peeled and deveined.

You can adjust the spiciness by using more or less of the chile garlic sauce. Serve this with steamed rice.

Kung Pao Shrimp

Active Work Time: 15 minutes * Total Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Look for chile garlic sauce at Asian markets or in the Asian aisle of well-stocked supermarkets.

1 1/2 tablespoons chile garlic sauce

1 1/2 tablespoons oyster sauce

1 teaspoon rice vinegar

2 tablespoons oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/3 cup roasted cashews

6 to 8 dried chile peppers

1/2 red bell pepper, chopped

1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

1 white onion, diced

1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

2 green onions, minced

* Combine chile garlic sauce, oyster sauce and vinegar and set aside.

* Heat oil in medium saute pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute until light brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add cashews, dried peppers, red and green bell peppers and onion and stir-fry until onion starts to turn translucent, 3 minutes.

* Add shrimp, stirring occasionally until they begin to turn pink. Add chile garlic sauce mixture and pepper, stirring to combine. Cook until shrimp are no longer pink and are cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Take care not to overcook shrimp or they'll be tough and chewy. Garnish with green onions.

3 to 4 servings. Each of 4 servings: 203 calories; 422 mg sodium; 55 mg cholesterol; 13 grams fat; 13 grams carbohydrates; 10 grams protein; 1.77 grams fiber.

MENU

Kung Pao Shrimp

Steamed Rice

Game Plan

30 minutes before: Peel and devein shrimp. Chop vegetables. Start cooking rice.

20 minutes before: Combine sauces in small bowl. Peel and chop garlic.

10 minutes before: Remove rice from heat and reserve. Begin cooking Kung Pao Shrimp.

INGREDIENTS

Shopping List

Roasted cashews

Chile garlic sauce

Green onions

Green bell pepper

Red bell pepper

1/2 pound medium shrimp

Staples

Garlic

Oil

Oyster sauce

Dried chile peppers

Rice vinegar

White onion

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