During this absurd time of social gathering ban, spend more effort to cook at home, we can still be able to enjoy the flavours provided by restaurants. With so much virus out there, let’s stay at home and challenge ourselves by making new dishes! Fried Mantis Shrimps with Pepper and Salt is a good challenge!
椒鹽瀨尿蝦 Fried Mantis Shrimps with Pepper and Salt
You can create this fragrant and crispy dish at home exactly the same way as a traditional Hong Kong dai pai dong. The sense of satisfaction is way bigger than just ordering the same dish at a restaurant and I guess that’s what joy of cooking is about.
Husband likes it with shell
Wife likes the shell off, with each bite full of savory mantis shrimp flesh
Small size mantis shrimps are ideal for frying with salt and pepper.
Less than HK$50 we can have 600g
Wash the mantis shrimps then stab 2-3 times from the bottom for preventing them from being curled during frying
Towel dry the mantis shrimps. Add a handful of cornstarch to make them dryer for frying
Fry the mantis shrimps on medium heat until their body turns straight. Before taking out, turn to high heat to decrease the amount of oil in the mantis shrimps so as to make them less greasy
You can tell they are aromatic and crispy by merely looking at the photo
Mix a tsp of fine salt and 0.5 tsp of 5-spice powder. Leave aside.
Saute a large amount of minced garlic (we used more than a bulb of garlic) together with shallots and chilli pepper. We need to saute until the garlic turns crunchy
Add the mantis shrimps back to the pan. At the same time, add the mixture of 5-spice powder+salt. Stir well. Done!
We steamed 2 mantis shrimps for Vincent and Inky. They appreciated a lot.