Shrimp Simmered In Chili Sauce (Low-Calorie Chinese)
This is the 4th recipe in my Healthy Chinese series. I just wanted to eat Chinese food without worrying about the calories and so on. The calories are about 1/3 of regular shrimp in chili sauce. This is a very healthy version.
Make narrow cuts in the leek about halfway through. Make cuts halfway through on the other side too.
Chop it up after making the cuts and you'll end up with very finely minced leek. With this method, the cut end of the leek doesn't spread out so it's really easy to chop.
Combine the doubanjiang and ketchup. Adjust the amount of doubanjiang to taste!
Combine the ● flavoring ingredients. Taste to make sure the flavor is right before adding the katakuriko. If it's not salty enough, add a little soy sauce.
Sprinkle the peeled shrimp with a little sake and salt (neither are listed in the ingredient list), then rinse them well under running water. This removes any fishy smell or dirt.
Pat the shrimp dry carefully with paper towels. Put the katakuriko for the coating and the shrimp in a plastic bag, close it up and shake it to coat the shrimp.
Bring water to a boil and add some salt to it. Boil the shrimp in the salted water. They'll be cooked further when mixed with the sauce, so they only need to be cooked about 80%!
Put a little vegetable oil in a frying pan, add the garlic and ginger, and turn the heat on.
When the garlic and ginger have changed color slightly and are fragrant, add the doubanjiang and ketchup. It will splatter so be careful!
When you stir fry ketchup, the umami and flavor becomes intensified and really delicious. Stir fry it over low heat so that it doesn't burn, then add the chopped leek.
When the leek has cooked through, stir up the combined flavoring ingredients (the katakuriko will have sunk to the bottom) and add it to the frying pan.
When the sauce is bubbling and slightly thickened, add the boiled shrimp. When the shrimp have warmed through, optionally drizzle in some vinegar.
If you stir it too vigorously the coating on the shrimp may fall off, so stir the pan gently up from the bottom. Transfer to serving plates with plenty of sauce, and enjoy.
Story Behind this Recipe
Chinese food at restaurants is delicious, but the calories. The whole family loves Chinese food, so I try making it at home by cutting calories without changing the volume. Please give my recipes a try.
Please adjust the sweetness and spiciness to your taste. If you pat the shrimp dry carefully before coating it with the katakuriko, the katakuriko coating won't fall off when you boil the shrimp. The secret to making sure the shrimp have good plump texture is to not overboil them! The key to making this dish delicious it to prep the shrimp properly, and to finish it up quickly.