Saturday, May 12, 2012

Cooking at Home: Shrimp Spring Rolls and Shrimp Dumplings

Restaurant quality made easy!       
 Aida is a super fanatic of Asian cuisine. Therefore, James, as a chef, has come up with his own twist on some Asian take-out classics. James learned the techniques to make these dishes from a co-worker, nicknamed "Mom", who cooks them for her own family.
      Friday night we went to C-Mart Supermarket, an Asian market located in Boston's South End, there is another one located in Chinatown.  The prices at C-mart are more than reasonable, we did not spend more than $3.00 on anything, and their noodle selection is extensive.  For dinner we decided to make Shrimp Spring Rolls and Shrimp Dumplings with a spicy dipping sauce, check out these recipes!

Shrimp Spring Rolls:

   1. Cook shrimp
         -We bought small frozen shrimp, they fit inside the spring roll better, and boiled them
   2. Boil water 
   3. Pour hot water over vermencilli noodles and let them soak in a large bowl
   4. Thinly slice vegetables
         -We made more traditional spring rolls with carrots, iceberg lettuce, and green onions
          However, these can be made with any type of vegetable!
   5. Cover a part of your kitchen counter with plastic wrap
   6. Brush a small amount of water onto the plastic wrap
         -This will prevent your spring roll wrappers from sticking to the surface
   7. Add a spring roll wrapper to the bowl of noodles and let it get soft
   8. Once the wrapper is soft, carefully remove it and stretch it out on the plastic wrap covered counter
   9. Place your shrimp and vegetables in the center of the spring roll wrapper
  10. Add a small handful of vermicelli noodles on top of the vegetables
  11. Carefully roll the spring roll as if you were making a wrap
  12. Enjoy!

Spicy Dipping Sauce: 

     1. Mix 1/4 cup of soy sauce, a tablespoon of oyster sauce, and 2 teaspoons of chili paste 
     2. Enjoy! 

Shrimp Spring Roll with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Shrimp Dumplings:

   1. Put green onions, shrimp, ginger, salt, and pepper in a food processor until it turns into a paste 

This is what the shrimp mixture should look like 
   2. Take a wonton wrapper and egg wash it
           -By egg wash we mean beat an egg and brush it onto the wonton wrapper 
   3. Place about a tablespoon of the shrimp mixture in the center of the egg washed wonton wrapper
   4. Close your wonton wrapper
           - Fold in half and squeeze the sides of the wrapper together
              or fold in quarters by taking each corner to the middle 
    5. Steam for 7 minutes or fry until they are a golden brown 
           -We decided to fry ours 
    6. Enjoy! 

Fried Shrimp Dumplings 

     We are aware that in the recipes we post there are usually no exact ingredient measurements. This is due to the fact that James comes up with most of the recipes by adding a pinch of this and pinch of that; there is no set amount for each ingredient, it's all in his head. Therefore, we leave all of the ingredient amounts up to the person cooking; if you like shrimp make them extra shrimpy or take out the green onion if you are not a fan of onions. These recipes are guidelines, nothing is set in stone. Enjoy! 

C-Mart Supermarket on the South End is located at 50 Herald St, Boston MA 02118. It has a large customer parking lot and it closes at 8:00pm. 

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