Wondering how to get that exotic taste of foreign food at home? When you can’t travel, you can create a travel experience at home with some simple recipes. Kung Pao Shrimp tastes delicious and is easy to make. What is Kung Pao Shrimp? Kung Pao Shrimp is a spicy Chinese dish containing vegetables, shrimp, and nuts.
Additionally, you can pair it with quick sesame noodles, and you have great Chinese food right in your own home. Further, begin the meal with an appetizer of egg foo young. Then complete the meal with a fresh fruit salad. Above all, serve the meal with a bottle of plum wine or sake. We recently tried green tea wine at Bunker Hill Winery, which we thought would make a great accompaniment to an Asian meal. On the other hand shake up a lychee martini. Add some Oriental music to set the mood. Voila! Instant staycation.
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Make the Egg Foo Young Chicken Recipe before the Kung Pao Shrimp
Ingredients for egg foo young recipe
- 5 eggs
- 1/2 cup shredded cooked chicken or pork
- 1 stick of celery, finely chopped
- 6 baby bella mushrooms, finely chopped (traditionally Chinese mushrooms would be used, but we find the baby Bella mushrooms easier to find. They are also simple to use and have a good flavor.)
- 8 oz. fresh bean sprouts
- 1 finely chopped onion
- 1 tbsp sherry
- 10 oz. stock
- 1 tbsp cornstarch dissolved in a few tablespoons of stock, set aside
- 2 tsp. ketchup
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- sesame oil
- Thai chili sauce (optional)
Directions for egg foo young chicken
- Beat the eggs, and then mix in the next 6 ingredients.
- Heat a frying pan. Once it is hot, add a few tablespoons of cooking oil. After that, add ladles of egg mixture in batches to the pan, and brown on each side. When egg is cooked remove to a plate while the rest continue cooking.
- Meanwhile, Mix the rest of the ingredients, excluding the chili sauce, in a small pan. Then bring slowly to a boil. Continue stirring until sauce thickens.
- We are heavily influenced by the flavors of Thai cooking, so we like to add a bit of Thai chili sauce into the egg foo young sauce for an extra kick.
- Pour sauce over egg foo young to serve.
We chose egg foo young for this meal, but there are many other Asian appetizers such as egg rolls or potstickers.
Kung Pao Shrimp Recipe
This recipe was influenced by The Complete Chinese Cookbook by Jillian Stewart. However, I modified the recipe to my own tastes.
Ingredients for Kung Pao Shrimp Recipe
- 1 tsp. grated ginger
- 1 1/2 tbsps. cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. palm sugar
- 1 lb. uncooked shrimp
- 4 tbsps peanut oil
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 zucchini diced
- 1-2 jarred hot pepper sliced
- 2 oz. cashew nuts
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 tsps. crushed garlic
- 1 tbsp. cornstarch
- 2 tsps. hot siracha sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp rice wine
Directions for Kung Pao Shrimp Recipe
- First, mix the ginger, garlic, 1 1/2 tbsp. cornstarch, baking soda, sugar, and salt and pepper to taste. I prefer to use cayenne pepper to add an extra kick instead of black pepper.
- Meanwhile, peel and de-vein shrimp. Cut in half if the shrimp are large. Toss with dry ingredients and let sit for 20 minutes.
- After that, heat the oil in a wok over high heat. When hot add the shrimp. Then cook stirring for about 30 seconds or until just pink. Remove from wok.
- Once the shrimp are removed, add the onion and red bell pepper to the wok, and cook for one minute. Next add the spinach and cook about 30 second until wilted.
- Last, mix the sauce ingredients and add to the wok stirring constantly until the sauce is thickened. Return the shrimp to the wok with the cashews and heat through.
The whole process should take about 20 minutes including prep. If you want to cheat, you can use powdered ginger and garlic. Also, it helps if you prepare the sauce ingredients before you start cooking. Then just give it a quick stir before adding it to the wok.
Sesame Noodles Recipe
Ingredients for sesame noodles recipe
- 8 oz. Chinese noodles or vermicelli
- 2 chopped green onions chopped
- 1 tbsp. sesame oil
- 1 tbsp. soy sauce
- 3 tbsps. hoisin sauce
- 3/4 cup frozen peas
Directions for sesame noodles recipe
- To begin, cook noodles in boiling salted water along with frozen peas until done. Drain, rinse, and then return to the pot.
- After that, stir in sesame oil, soy sauce, and hoisin sauce.
- Finally, toss in the green onions.
We used sesame noodles for this meal, but you can use any lo Mein recipe or substitute fried rice. Lastly, complete your meal with a fancy drink. Here is a quick recipe for a Lychee Martini. You can find canned lychees at most Asian markets or you can click on the link below.
Lychee Martini Recipe
Lychee martini ingredients include canned lychees and your favorite brand of vodka. First chill a martini glass. Then pour 2 oz. of chilled vodka and 1 1/2 -2oz. of liquid from canned lychees into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. After that, shake and strain the mixture into your martini glass and put 2 lychees on a cocktail stick for a garnish.
Tip: We keep our vodka in the freezer so it stays chilled. If you don’t have martini glasses check out these sponsored links:
Ingredients for Melon Salad
- 1/2 cantaloupe thinly sliced with rind removed
- 8 canned lychees
- 6 sliced strawberries
- lychee syrup from the can
This cantaloupe salad is easy to make and has a nice presentation. Arrange the cantaloupe slices in a circular pattern on a cake plate. Then pile the lychees in the center. After that scatter the strawberry slices on top of the cantaloupe salad. Stir a little honey into the remaining lychee syrup and drizzle over the melon salad. Once this melon fruit salad is served, you can add additional syrup.
Now set the table or if you want to be real fancy set a low table and sit on cushions or pillows on the floor. Of course, don’t forget the chop sticks. To add to the experience add some authentic music. We used Chinese Bamboo Flute Music which we borrowed from the local library. Now you are ready to eat!
Not sure where to buy some of these ingredients? Here are some sponsored links:
- peanut oil
- palm sugar
- jarred hot peppers
- siracha sauce
- cashew nuts
- Chinese noodles
- Sesame oil
- Hoisin sauce
Donna Emperador is a travel and food blogger and copywriter. Donna believes in learning about different cultures while sharing good food and cocktails. She has lived in South Florida for over 20 years and enjoys spending time exploring the road to find unique places to share with readers. She can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
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