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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Shrimp Chop Suey

6 - 8 servings

3/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup cornstarch
6 tablespoons corn or peanut oil
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 pounds uncooked shrimp, peeled, deveined
8 cups white fresh cabbage
3 ribs celery hearts, diced
1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts
1/2 cup bamboo shoots
6 cups chicken broth (divided)
4 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons sesame oil
1 medium green bell pepper, cored, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 to 3/4 pound sliced roasted almonds (optional)

Preheat wok over high heat. Wok is ready when drop of oil sizzles in the pan. Put corn oil in wok.
Immediately add salt, then shrimp and stir-fry 30 seconds.

Add all vegetables, stirring constantly 30 seconds. Add 5 1/2 cups of the broth; cook 3 minutes.

Mix cornstarch with warm water.

To remaining 1/2 cup broth add sugar and sesame oil. Add this mixture to pan and cook until shrimp and vegetables are just cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Do not overcook.

Gradually stir in cornstarch mixture. Sauce should have consistency of thick gravy.

If needed to thicken, you can add additional cornstarch or water. Decorate with almonds and serve immediately with white rice.

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Saturday, June 02, 2007

Green Dumplings

8 servings

1 1/2 pounds bok choy or Shanghai bok choy
1/2 cake firm tofu
2 egg whites
4 scallions, minced
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
2 dozen wonton wrappers

Steam or microwave bok choy until wilted. Let cool, then drain and chop finely. Press out any excess liquid.

In a food processor, puree tofu with the egg whites. Add to bok choy. Add scallions.

Combine remaining ingredients, except for wonton wrappers.

Add to bok choy mixture, mixing well. Place about two teaspoons of filling in the centre of each wonton wrapper. Draw dough up and pinch together at three points to form a triangle, leaving middle of filling exposed.

Arrange on a heatproof plate or steamer tray and steam over boiling water until cooked through, about 4 minutes.

Best when served with chinese green tea.

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