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Shrimp Chips

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Category: Condiments, Chinese

 Ingredients List

  • 1 lb Net weight of shelled
  • -shrimp, prawns or lobster
  • 1 lb Tapioca flour
  • 1 oz Salt
  • 1 ts White pepper powder
  • 1 c Water


I think there is one step left out of the process. If I were making
this I would pound the shrimp to a paste before adding them to the
rest of the ingredients. This book is quite interesting, but the
translation leaves a bit to be desired. The recipe intrigues me, but
I've never actually gotten around to trying it out.

You can make your own home made shrimp chips with which no one can
compare. Here is the recipe for non-commercial shrimp chips.

Bring water to a boil and dissolve salt and pepper powder. Pour
boiling water onto the tapioca flour in a large mixing bowl and stir
quickly with a cooking spoon. Add in the shrimp and knead as a
dough. As the water content of the shrimp is unpredictable, you may
adjust it by adding more boiling water. The dough should be on the
hard side. Now shape into a cylinder about 1 inch in diameter. If
you do not have the proper steamer for this process, a bamboo rack or
cake cooling rack will do. Lay a cheesecloth underneath and on top of
the dough and place it on the rack. Make sure the cylinders of dough
are far enough apart (at least 1 1/2 inch if space permits) to
prevent them from sticking together. Steam at a high temperature for
45 minutes. Make sure there is plenty of water in the steamer to
avoid having to open it to add more water.

After steaming, bring out, remove the cheesecloth, and cool the dough
on another rack. Keep in a cool place to dry. The time varies from
1 day to 2 or 3 days. If you can cut it with a very sharp knife,
then start to cut it in thin slices (about the thickness of a penny).
Now lay the slices on a piece of cardboard and dry in the sun until
brittle. Don't hurry the drying before you cut them.

You can store them indefinitely in a can. When you want to use them,
calculate 2 or 3 chips per person. Deep fry in oil at 360F
temperature. If the process has been done correctly, the chips will
be done in a matter of seconds. They will increase their size
several times. Drain and serve.

Use them as a garnish for crispy fried chicken or duck etc. You can
also use them as hors d'oeuvres or as appetizers.

From "The Wok, A Chinese Cook Book", by Gary Lee. Nitty Gritty
Publications, Concord, Ca. 1970.

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