Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Celery and Shrimps Stir-Fry 清炒芹菜虾仁

Celery together with onions and carrots forms a trio of aromatics that is no stranger as the base for stews and soups in some Western cuisines.



You can also snack on celery stalks dipped with peanut butter or nibble on them when served with buffalo wings. In Asian cooking, celery is more often seen in stir-fries.

Personally, I find celery and shrimps (prawns), a balanced combination of earthy and umami-seafood flavors. You can easily make a soup with them, or churn out a healthy stir-fry like this Celery and Shrimps Stir-Fry 清炒芹菜虾仁 in minutes.

Due to its strong distinctive flavor alike cilantro or parsley, celery is not enjoyed by everyone. Not surprising. Do you enjoy celery as main ingredient in a dish?





I do.

The crunchy texture of celery when lightly sauteed, blends in very well with the springy-crunch of sauteed shrimps. The resulting dish is entirely with textural bite and refreshingly tasty when stir-fried with some shallots, ginger and garlic.


Of course, when organic celery bunch was on sale for $0.99/bunch, it was a healthy bargain for grabs, easily turned into a healthy dish.

Stir-Fry Celery and Shrimps 清炒芹菜虾仁
Aromatize 1 small shallot thinly sliced, 2 thin slices ginger, 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced in a pan. Add 2-3 organic celery stalks sliced at the bias to bite-size and saute for 3-5 mins. Add in 12-16 medium-size shrimps (cleaned, deveined) and fry quickly in medium heat till shrimps turn pink. Splash of cooking wine for aroma and finally salt and ground white pepper to taste.

Enjoy!


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