This is one of my all time favorite authentic Chinese recipes, and one that I tried to recreate from Temple Spice Crab in Hong Kong
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Asian, Cantonese, Chinese, Hong Kong
Keyword Black Bean Prawns, Black Bean Sauce, Shellfish
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 10minutes
Total Time 20minutes
1kgShrimpThe bigger the shrimp the better, less opportunity to overcook them. If you are buying already peeled and cleaned shrimp then use .5kg
1Red Bell Pepperchopped into large pieces
1White Onionchopped into large pieces
1inchGingergrated into a paste (I used a microplane)
Red Chili Flakesto taste
1tbspVegetable Oilor other high smoke point cooking oil
Green Onionchopped, for garnish
Black Bean Sauce
2tbspBlack Bean PasteI recommend Lee Kum Kee brand
2cupsChicken Stockor vegetable stock if you prefer
1tbspRice Wine Vinegar
2tspPotato Starchcan also use corn starch if you prefer
Begin by peeling and cleaning all the shrimp. Place them in a bowl and add the rice wine, salt, chili flakes, and garlic.
In a bowl whisk together all the black bean sauce ingredients.
In a high walled pan on high heat add the oil along with the bell pepper, onion, and ginger. Stir and toss the pan so the ginger doesn't burn. Once you see the vegetables get a little char on the edges you can add the shrimp + shrimp marinade
Toss the pan so the shrimp aren't bunched up and the marinade mixes with the vegetables. After about 20 seconds pour in the black bean sauce. Stir the pan. Once the sauce comes to temperature and bubbles it will thicken and you should turn off the heat.
Move the black bean shrimp to a large dish to take off the heat from the pan. Serve alongside some white rice and garnish with a bit of chopped green onion. I personally like to drizzle a little sesame oil over the top, but you can skip that if you're not a fan.
I know this recipe is for 4 people, and if you were ordering in a restaurant along with other dishes and sides this is probably the proportion you would get, however if you're serving really hungry people this might only be enough for 2-3.