Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Shrimp and Chinese Broccoli (serves 2)


This dish is inspired by some of the Dim Sum restaurants (in Boston Chinatown) where the Chinese broccoli is cooked whole and then topped with oyster sauce.  I enjoy eating this type of broccoli but I don't like having so much oyster sauce on top.  I find that it is too salty for my taste despite scraping off the sauce.

I used the shrimp that I purchased off the boat from Rimrack.  I cleaned and kept the shrimp frozen in little bags.  These bags come in handy on days such as today!  Thank you Rimrack for providing me with fresh sea life in my diet!

If you are interested in getting a glimpse of a mammoth's tooth (ice age animal)--recently hauled up from the ocean floor, please see below for more information on Rimrack.

Ingredients:

1 lb Chinese broccoli (peeled and removed the base of the stalks)
1 large (about 3 oz) shallot, peeled and finely sliced
2 large garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
10 oz shrimp, shells removed (thawed if frozen)
2 t fish sauce
1/4 t sugar
1/4 white pepper
1 T canola oil

Method:

1) Heat a medium size pot or a large pot of water and bring it to a boil.  Blanch the broccoli bases for about 5-6 minutes and the leafy part for about 1 or 2 minutes.  Remove the broccoli and dip the leafy parts in cold water, drain.
2) Heat a small pan with 2 t of oil over medium high heat.  Once the pan is hot add shallot and garlic, saute for 2 minutes.  Remove the shallot and garlic and set it aside in a small bowl.
3) Add 1 t of oil and stir in the shrimp.  Cook for about 3 minutes or until shrimp is just cooked.  Add fish sauce, sugar, pepper and the sauteed shallot and garlic.  Stir and cook for about 1 minute.
4) Plate the broccoli in a large dish and pour the cooked shrimp over it.  Serve immediately.  Great with rice.

early morning view
(from a another recent snow storm in Seacoast NH)
all the trees and roofs covered in what I called white gold!
*If you are not interested in eating Chinese broccoli or don't have it available you can substitute it with other vegetables such as blanched bok choy, spinach or asparagus.  You can even pour the shrimp mixture over a bed of mixed greens, drizzle with a little olive oil and a squeeze of lemon and enjoy it as a salad.
*F/V (fishing vessel) Rimrack is a family owned fishing business located in beautiful Rye Harbor, NH. Thank you Rimrack for the amazingly fresh and tasty sea life!!  Please support and buy from your local fishermen.  If you are interested in buying from F/V Rimrack please visit their website:  
http://www.rimrackfish.com.  Rimrack staff is very friendly and helpful and they will happily assist you. They can also be found on Facebook.

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