Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Kung Pao Shrimp with Cashew Nuts

Kung Pao Shrimp is a Szechuan based dish, made by stir-fry shrimp with a spicy sauce. Peanuts or cashews and chili peppers are frequently added to this dish. You can add as little or as many dried chili peppers to this dish. It all depends on the level of spiciness you like. The spiciness of the dish compliments well to the sweetness of the sauce


1/2 pound Shrimps, shelled and deveined
1 Egg White
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Cornstarch
1 small carrot
1 small onion
10 sugar snap peas
Half red pepper
Half yellow pepper
6 to 8 dried chili - cut into half
1 tsp of chopped ginger
3 cloves garlic - chopped
2 spring onions – cut into 1”

Sauce :

1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar (or Chinese black vinegar)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tsp Sugar
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp cornstarch
salt and pepper to taste

Garnish :

1/4 cup roasted cashews

1. In a large bowl, lightly beat the egg white. Stir in salt and cornstarch. Add shrimp, marinate 15 minutes. Cut carrots, onions, red and yellow peppers and sugar snap peas into ½” cubes.
2. In a small bowl, combine the chicken broth, vinegar, soy sauce, corn starch and sugar. Set aside.
3. Heat about 2 tbsp of oil in a wok or frying pan. Add shrimp, cook briefly. Remove from wok when the shrimp turns pink.
4. In the same wok, add another 2 tbsp of oil. Add in chili, onion, garlic and ginger. Stir-fry until fragrant and lightly brown.
5. Add in carrot, peppers and snow peas. Give a few quick stir-fry, add in the sauce. Bring it up to a boil and then add in the shrimps. Stir-fry for another 30 seconds or until the sauce reduce and thicken. Check seasoning and lastly add in the spring onions.
6. Dish out and sprinkle the top with some cashew nuts. Serve with some rice.

Note : You can always replace the shrimp with chicken and also other vegetables for this dish.


Anonymous said...

I love how you add different color vegetables to this dish. It look so colorful and yummy


chriesi said...

Mmm super delicious!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

This remind me long time didn't cook Kong Poh Chicken, must quickly try to cook it. Your dish look really yummy.

Angie's Recipes said...

Those Kung Pao Chicken are classic...guess what usually disappeared first whenever I cooked this dish?
Thank you for stopping by. :-))

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks wonderful! Kung Pao dishes are so popular, it's nice to see them at home.

Christelle said...

humm, loooove Kung Po, so much better home made too, fresh! :)

pigpigscorner said...

I love all kung pao dishes, it has all my favourite flavours and wonderful textures with the nuts.

Cindy Khor said...

thanks for the recipe, i didn't know that shrimp could be cooked in kung pao way too, i thought chicken only. and your dish looks nice.

Dori said...

Looks mouthwatering... I wish I had some shrimp!

Anonymous said...

I like this so very much! Especially with extra cashew nuts in it..yummy :)

Ummi365 said...

My favorite...yummy yummy

Zue Murphy said...

Very rich ingredients with vitamins and good taste. I like this dish. I could finish the whole plate. :-)

ICook4Fun said...

Sue, thank you.

Chriesi, yes it is :)

Emile, thank you.

Angie, thanks for dropping by here too. I guess we all like Kung Poa :)

Fearless Kitchen, actually is not too difficult to cook this.

Christelle, yes fresher and healthier too cook it at home ::)

Pigpig, I too like the nuts. Normally I will eat that first :)

Cindy, yes you can always replace the shrimp with chicken and the veggies too.

Meeso, I always keep extra shrimp in the freezer. When I get the craving like this I can cook it in a snap :)

Blogresipi, the classic kung poa they use peanuts but I prefer cashew in mine :)

Ummi, lama tak nampak you. Apa kabar?

Zue, I like to put a lot of veggies in my kung pao. Too bad I don't have celery if not I will put it in too :)

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks divine! I prefer kung pao chicken as I hardly cook/eat shrimps. :P

Gillian said...

Hi! I just started visiting your blog! It looks wonderful. Thank you so much for the wonderful pictures, stories, and recipes. I'll be visiting often :)

Elin Chia said...

Gert, you always make a simple dish looks appetizing...I wish I were just next door!


ICook4Fun said...

Gillian, is good to see you here. Hope you will visit more often :)

Elin, thank you. I will to be your neighbor too :)