Sunday Night Dinner

HIS: We have a great group of friends and one of the things that we do fairly regularly is getting together on Sunday nights for dinner.  Usually, I like to man the kitchen for the main course while others chip in to prep the apps, salads, desserts and etc.  It’s a fun way to wrap up the weekend and gear up for the week ahead.

And as mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve made a dish called Tofu & Shrimp several times during these dinners. It is a very traditional and easy to make Chinese dish that is healthy and delicious. So if you are interested in trying, here’s the recipe that I stole from my mom.  The picture below shows the completed dish.

- Tofu & Shrimp - the finished product

Ingredients: 2 boxes of SOFT tofu; 1 shallot; 3 cloves of garlic; 1 bowl of frozen petit peas (or any other chopped vegetables); fresh basil or basil grinds; 1lb of shrimp (raw & no shell); corn starch; salt & pepper; red chili flakes or jalepeno; 4 table spoons of olive oil.

- the ingredients

Step 1 Prep: Mince or chop the shallot and garlic into a mixture then set aside.  Take the tofu out of the box, and with a large knife, slice the tofu into cubes (suggestion: slice it in half horizontally first, then cut vertically like a tick tack toe board).

Rinse and clean the shrimp, then mix it in a bowl with 2 to 3 teaspoon full of corn starch.  Mix evenly.

In a separate bowl, mix 2 table spoons of corn starch with water.  Whip until the mixture is even.  Set aside for later.

- slicing the tofu

Step 2 Pre-cooking the Shrimp: Warm your pan or wok with high heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Once the pan is heated, add the shrimp.  Sprinkle couple pinches of salt, pepper and red chili flakes for flavoring.  Once the shrimp turn pink/orange, it’s ready (it doesn’t need to be fully cooked at this moment, the pre-cooking should only take 1-2 minutes tops).  Empty the shrimp into a bowl or plate then set it aside for later.

- sauteing

Step 3: Using that same pan or wok, add the garlic and shallot mixture with 3 table spoons of olive oil.  Sauteed the spice mix under max heat for 20-30 seconds.  Add the peas or vegetables of your choice.  Saute for another 20 seconds.

- shallot & garlic mince mix and peas

Add the basil, jalapeno, tofu and the half-cooked shrimp at once.  Gentle mix and saute them together.  Sprinkle in salt, pepper for flavoring.  This step should be last about 30-45 seconds under max heat.

- now mix in the shrimp

- mix in the basil, jalapeno & tofu

Mix in 1/4 cup of water and bring the entire mixture to a boil.  Let it boil for 15-20 seconds then slowly add in the corn starch water mix from earlier.  Turn off the burner, taste for flavoring and mix slowly.  The sauce should thicken.

- mix in the corn starch & water mix to thicken the sauce

You’ve done it, the dish is complete.  Empty into a serving dish and It’s now READY TO SERVE!

- it's now ready to serve!!!

Questions or suggestion?  I would love hear your feedback!!!!

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