I decided to experiment my cooking skills into a rather difficult territory for me, Chinese. I mean, I can make stir-fry and steamed fish with no problem, but Honey Walnut Shrimp? From the sound of it, and the look of it when I eat out at a Chinese Restaurant, it looks rather complicated to make. Well, actually, I had to make the dish twice to get a “perfect” one.
So, this recipe came out of my second try. It was not too hard and as complicated as I thought it would be. All you have to do is fry battered shrimps! Seriously! And of course, roasted the walnuts and make the mayonnaise mixture.
I also found out that the Honey Walnut Shrimp that the restaurants serve you is racked up in calories! I found an alarming nutrition fact that per 6 servings of the dish, it was calculated to 1000 calories! WOW!! So, I tried my best to cut the calories in about half or maybe more, and I think, I did a pretty good job on it.
This recipe makes 2- 3 servings with each 4-5 shrimps.
Here is what I did:
1/2 lb medium size shrimps- shelled
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 egg white
2 tablespoonful heaping Best Food/ Hellman’s Mayonnaise (no, I don’t work for Best Food, but I just love their mayo… it has more of a creamy taste to it, hence, it makes everything taste better)
1 1/2 tbp honey
2- 3 tbp walnut- halves
oil to fry
Roast the walnut in a frying pan or in the oven at 300 F. Make sure you watch and turn them around because they would burn. I’ve learned this through experience. When it’s done. Set aside. You can coat with honey if you like, if not, you can coat them later with the shrimps.
Mix cornstarch with egg white until it forms a pasty consistency. You can add a little more of egg white if necessary. Make sure you mix it well. When ready, heat up the oil in a frying pan. Dip the shrimps into cornstarch mixture just before you put them in the oil. Make sure you put the shrimp one by one, so they won’t stick together. Fry them until golden brown on both sides. It’s about 2-3 minutes each side. When done, blot them with paper towel for the excess oil.
Mix mayonnaise with honey. Add more honey if you like to your desired sweetness. Put in the shrimps and walnuts into the mayonnaise mixture until they are all well coated.
Serve with warm steamed rice!
Let me know what you think if I did a good job creating the “light” recipe but taste as good!