Happy Chinese New Year - Simple Steamed Shrimp Recipe

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Chinese New Year is one of the most important holiday here in Chinese speaking countries. It is just like any other holiday on the planet. You gather with your family, you eat a lot of food, and you have a lot of fun! Today I'm going to post a very simple but delicious steamed shrimps recipe, which will only take 20 minutes. I couldn't help but took a picture with all the delicious food on the table. I'm sure you can tell which is the shrimp dish. =) Enjoy! 

Ingredients: (4 servings)
Unpeeled jumbo shrimps - 12 or as desired
Medium firm tofu - A box
Chopped green onions - a handful
Sauce mix:
Soy sauce -  5 tablespoons 
Sugar (melted in hot water) - 2 & 1/2 tablespoons
Sesame oil - 1 tablespoon
Minced garlic - 2 teaspoons
Minced ginger - 2 teaspoons
Dry chili - one
Black pepper - a pinch

1. Chop up the tofu into thick slices 

2. Clean and wash the shrimps, don't need to peel them

3. Mix all the seasonings together for the sauce mix (Melting sugar in the water is optional)

4. In a deep dish plate, place the tofu at the bottom in a circle 

5. Place the shrimps on top of the tofu slices one by one as shown in the picture

6. Pour the sauce evenly on top of every shrimp, then sprinkle the green onions on top

7.  Add water in the pot, put the plate inside the pot, cover the pot, and steam it for 15 - 20 minutes or until shrimps turn red

Pair it up with some steam rice for best tasting flavor! Enjoy! 

A little bit about Chinese New Year dinner: 
Chinese New Year dinner happened on the day before the actual Chinese New Year starts. It's the night that all family members come home and have a big dinner together. 

These are traditional food served at the dinner and their special symbolic meanings:
Mustard vegetable - symbolizes living a long lasting life
Fish - the sound of fish in Mandarin equals to the sound of remaining, so it symbolizes the    family will have extra money left at the end of the year
Turnip or turnip rice cakes - symbolizes good luck
Dumplings - since its shape looks like sycee or gold ingot, it symbolizes money
Sticky rice cakes - also symbolizes money & this year is better than the previous year

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