Shrimps with Sweet and Sour Chili Sauce

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Prawns/shrimps are one of my favorites! Back in my hometown, it’s quite expensive, so it was a delicacy back then for us. But in Singapore, it can be part of one’s everyday meal. It’s found in every wet market and super market. Recently I’ve been cooking Chinese quite a bit, in fact I posted the Chicken noodles recipe as well few weeks back. So the next one I wanted to try with shrimps.

I was quite satisfied after cooking this recipe…. the dish turned out to have a great color and can be cooked in minutes! I was so happy that the next day I tried another Chinese recipe ‘Chicken in black bean sauce’ (which I’ll post next)!

If you have guests coming home, I feel this is the perfect recipe (provided your guest(s) are not allergic to shrimps) as it just cannot go wrong and has a lovely color. Do try it and I’m sure your guests will love it! Let me know if you’ve added any special touch to the recipe, I would love to try them out too 🙂

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Serves: 2 to 3

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

Shrimps – 450 g, peeled and deveined

Cooking oil – 2 tablespoons

Garlic – 5 to 6 cloves, chopped

Green onion (Scallion) – 5 to 6 small, cut into 1 inch size

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For the sauce:

Bottled chilli sauce – 2 tablespoons

Bottled tomato sauce – 1 to 2 tablespoons

Bottled lemon chilli sauce – 1 tablespoon

Sugar – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon

Sesame Oil – 1 tablespoon

Cornflour or Cornstarch – 1 to 1.5 tablespoons mixed with around 1/2 cup of water

Salt – to taste

Mix all the above to make the sauce mixture.

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For the marinade:

Rice wine or Chinese cooking wine – 1.5 to 2 tablespoons

Sesame oil – 1 tablespoon

Minced ginger – 2 teaspoons

Sugar – 1 teaspoon

Step 1: Mix all the marinade ingredients together to make the marinade mixture. Mix with the shrimps and marinade mixture and keep aside for around 10-15 minutes.

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Step 3: Heat oil in a wok or U shaped pan. Add garlic and the shrimps and fry for 1 to maximum 3 minutes until the shrimps develop a slight pinkish orange color.

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Step 4: Add the sauce mixture and cook until you get the desired thickness. Add salt for taste (as required).

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Step 5: Add the green onion. Stir (maximum for a minute) and transfer to a plate immediately. Serve hot with rice or noodles.

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A few tips:

  • If you don’t like it too spicy, use less amount of the chili sauce and more of the tomato sauce.
  • Add some vinegar if you like, before transferring from the wok/pan to the serving dish, as per your taste.

Spicy Sausage with Potatoes

Back in college, when I didn’t know how to cook gourmet dishes, I came out with this dish which was a blessing for my taste buds! I made this at times for dinner during exams and also sometimes on Sunday mornings. Yes that’s the specialty of this dish. You can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

It’s basically a simple mish mash of some basic ingredients which I find tasty without much processing. Even now I like preparing this dish from time to time for my family and they simply love it!

Go ahead and try it! If you feel adventurous mix up your favourite ingredients and let me know about your version 🙂

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Serves: 4

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: Around 15 minutes

Ingredients:

Cooking Oil – ½ to 1 tablespoon

Sausage (Chicken, beef, pork as per preference) – 2 packets, cut into small cylindrical pieces

Potatoes – 3 big potatoes, boiled and skin peeled, cut into small cubes

Garlic cloves – 1 to 2 cloves finely chopped

Onion – 1, sliced

Tomato – 1 ½, chopped

Button Mushroom – 1 small packet, sliced

Green Chilli – 3 to 4, chopped (You can use less if you don’t like it too spicy)

Ground black pepper

Salt – to taste

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Step 1: Heat oil in a pan and fry the onions till they are lightly browned.

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Step 2: Add the tomatoes and garlic and fry for another 4-5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and green chillies and cook for few more minutes until the mushrooms are soft.

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Step 3: Add the sausages and cook for another 2 minutes.

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Step 4: Lastly, add the boiled cubed potatoes. Stir for 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle the ground pepper and toss well. Serve hot.

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This dish can be served as a standalone dish or with bread of choice.

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Tips to adapt:

  • Boil the potatoes the previous night to reduce your time of cooking.
  • Add in chicken or meat stock to make the dish juicier.
  • For a vegetarian option of this dish, replace sausage with mock meat or vegetables like broccoli.