Thursday, September 18, 2008

Drunken shrimp

Drunken shrimp is a popular dish in portions of China based on fresh-water shrimp that are eaten alive, but stunned in a strong liquor—baijiu—to make consumption easier. Different parts of China have slightly different recipes for it, but the net effect remains the same.

A typical recipe from Sichuan might be:
# Crush 15 roasted together with 100g of scallion whites, mixing both with ?tsp. salt, 2tsp. soy sauce, 2tsp. sesame oil, 1tbsp. chicken stock, ?tsp. MSG. Set aside as dipping sauce.
# Wash 300g live freshwater shrimp to remove all sand. Optionally cut off antennae and feet and wash again. Drain, place in bowl and set aside.
# Shortly before serving, pour 2tsp. strong baijiu over the shrimps and add 25g chopped scallions. Cover the bowl with a dish, invert it and weight it so the shrimp cannot escape.
# To serve, remove bowl, take live shrimp, dip in dipping sauce and consume.

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