Caramelized Walnut Shrimp with Broccoli (核桃虾)
This is my ABSOLUTE favorite signature Chinese dish at Chinese restaurants! In Cantonese it is translated to be “Hop Toh Ha” which means walnut shrimp and I always, always order this. So for this Thanksgiving, instead of making Pan Fried Sticky Rice, I wanted to have a go at Walnut Shrimp and looked up a recipe to make it happen.
- 1 lb shrimp
- 1/2 cup Walnut halves
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1/2 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 tablespoon condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup corn starch (for coating the prawn)
- Oil for frying
For the Walnuts:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- A couple of dashes of white sesame
- Peel and deveined the shrimp/prawn. Pat dry with paper towels and and set aside.
- Rinse the walnut halves with water, drain and set aside.
- Heat up the water until it boils and add in the sugar.
- Keep stirring until it turns thick and golden color and then add the walnut.
- Boil for 2 minutes, then drain and place walnuts on a cookie sheet/parchment paper to dry. (Regular paper will not work as the walnut will stick to it). Sprinkle white sesame seeds on top.
- Heat the oil in a wok over high heat.
- Coat the shrimp with a thick layer of corn flour and then and then fry in the hot oil until golden brown. Remove the shrimps from the wok and drain on paper towels.
- In a bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, honey, condensed milk and lemon juice.
- Add shrimp and toss with the mayonnaise sauce.
- Transfer to a serving plate and garnish the candied walnuts on top of the shrimp.
Be sure to cook up a a bunch of broccoli so that you can decorate the plate like it is done in the restaurants!
I am so proud of this dish that I made with my parents! My mother deveined and removed the shrimp’s shell and my father butterflied the shrimp. I have never made shrimp before, but you have no idea how easy it is to make this delicious recipe. I’m not a fan of my shrimp being drenched in the sweet sauce, so this worked out perfectly for me. I did forget to dip the shrimp into the egg white wash, but I will definitely do that next time. At least it still turned out great! My relatives were definitely impressed!
Until next time,