Cook something new this Christmas: Golden Shrimp Balls

Your Golden Shrimp Balls are ready to enjoy!

Still wondering what to do during quarantine? Why not cook some dishes for your parents and show off your cooking talent? Here, I would like to introduce you to a famous dish from China called Golden Shrimp Balls.

This dish is fit enough for your Christmas dinner table, and also relatively easy to cook. But before giving you the instructions, I would like to give you some background information about this dish—just enough information for you to brag in front of your relatives about your knowledge of delicious food.

Golden Shrimp Balls is a traditional Southern China dish that is very popular among upscale restaurants. It was created in the royal palaces of the Qing Dynasty, and became popular during the Republic Era. The recipe is simple, but the temperature of the oil and the quality of potatoes are the most important two steps in this dish. Alright, let’s get started!

Ingredients

  • Unpeeled shrimp
  • Several potatoes
  • Vegetable oil
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Bread crumbs
  • Mayonnaise

Directions

Step 1: Peel the potatoes into thin layers, almost as thin as a potato chip.

Step 2: Peel the shrimp. Keep the tail attached (if you like) and completely detach the rest of the outer shell.

Step 3: Fry the potatoes in oil at 325 degrees Fahrenheit or about 160 degrees Celsius, until they turn golden. Then remove them and let them dry on a paper towel.

Step 4: Prepare three bowls. The first is starch, the second is whisked eggs, and the third is bread crumbs. Coat the shrimp in this order: starch, egg, and then bread crumbs.

Step 5: Fry the shrimp anywhere between 350-375 degrees Fahrenheit (175-190 degrees Celsius).

Step 6: Use mayonnaise to attach the fried potato slices to the shrimp.

Step 7: Your Golden Shrimp Balls are ready to enjoy!