This is an all time favorite appetizer from the Chinese dim sum or takeout place, with shrimp paste spread on slices of toast and deep fried. I remember ordering it once and was not impressed with it at all. It was so oily and the shrimps paste was not cook. I have to send it back to kitchen and they re-fried them. Guest how it look like when it came back to the table. It was black and soaked in oil. We end up not eating it. What a waste of money as it cost us $4.95 for 4 slices.
Making this is pretty simple. Instead of frying it I baked them. This appetizer makes an excellent finger food for party. It can be prepare ahead of time and bake them up when your guest arrive. Instead of using the regular white bread I just used some baguette.
From My Kitchen Snippets
Half loaf of French baguette – cut into ¼” slice
1/2 pound shrimps – peel and deveined
1/2 carrots – peel and finely chopped
4 water chestnuts – cut into little cubes
1/2 tsp grated ginger
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
2 green onions - chopped
1 tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp cooking wine
1/4 tsp white pepper
Salt to taste
Some sesame seeds for garnish
1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degree F. Line aluminum foil on a baking sheet.
2. Pat dries the shrimps on a paper towel. In a food processor give the shrimps a few quick pulse (roughly chopped) and then combined all the rest of the ingredients except sesame seeds and mix them well.
3. Spread about 2 tsp of the shrimp paste over the top of each piece of bread.
4. Arrange the toast on the baking sheet, sprinkle on some sesame seeds on top of the bread and drizzle on some olive oil. Bake them for 15 minutes or until the shrimp is cooked and the bread get toasty.
5. Serve them warm or at room temperature with your favorite sauce.
Note : You can use slice white bread for this and instead of baking it you can fried it too.