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Kkanpung Saeu (Sweet and Spicy Shrimp)

A Korean-Chinese deep fried shrimp glazed in a sweet, slightly sour and spicy sauce.
Servings: 4
Author: Hyosun

Ingredients

  • 1 pound large shrimp about 22 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Oil for frying

Batter

  • 8 tablespoons potato starch
  • 1 egg

Aromatic vegetables

  • 4 to 5 small dried red hot peppers roughly cut
  • 5 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 1- inch ginger thinly julienned
  • 1 scallion finely chopped
  • 1/4 medium onion finely diced
  • 1/4 red bell pepper or 1 red chili pepper, finely diced
  • 1 green chili pepper finely diced

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons rice or dry white wine or use more water
  • 2 tablespoons water or chicken or dashima broth
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil

Instructions

  • Clean the shrimp, drain, and pat dry with paper towels. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Let it sit until ready to coat with the batter.
    Kkanpung Shrimp (Sweet and Spicy Shrimp)
  • Prepare the vegetables.
    Kkanpung Shrimp (Sweet and Spicy Shrimp)
  • In a small bowl, mix all the sauce ingredients, except the sesame oil, well until the sugar is dissolved.
    Kkanpung Shrimp (Sweet and Spicy Shrimp)
  • Add the starch and egg to the bowl with the shrimp. Mix everything well by hand until there's no visible starch powder and the shrimp is evenly coated with the batter.
    Kkanpung Shrimp (Sweet and Spicy Shrimp)
  • Add 4 cups of oil to a deep fryer, wok, or large pot. Heat over high heat to 340°F or until a drop of batter in the oil moderately bubbles up to the surface. Using metal tongs or chopsticks, drop the shrimp in the oil one at a time, in two batches. Cook until lightly golden, about a minute.
    Kkanpung Shrimp (Sweet and Spicy Shrimp)
  • Remove them quickly with a wire skimmer or a slotted spoon. Drain on a wire rack or in a large mesh strainer set on a bowl. Reheat the oil to 340°F between the batches and for the second frying.
    Kkanpung Shrimp (Sweet and Spicy Shrimp)
  • Add the shrimp (you can do this in one batch for the second frying) and briefly deep fry again until lightly golden brown. Drain on a wire rack or in a large mesh strainer.
    Kkanpung Shrimp (Sweet and Spicy Shrimp)
  • In a large pan or wok, add the dried pepper and 3 tablespoons of deep-frying oil over low heat until the oil starts to turn red. This only takes a few seconds. Do not burn the peppers.
    Kkanpung Shrimp (Sweet and Spicy Shrimp)
  • Turn up the heat to high. Add the garlic, ginger, onion, and scallion, and stir fry briefly until fragrant. Stir in the green chili pepper and red bell (or chili) pepper, and cook for an additional minute or two.
    Kkanpung Shrimp (Sweet and Spicy Shrimp)
  • Add the sauce, and boil for a couple of minutes until the sauce is slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.
    Kkanpung Shrimp (Sweet and Spicy Shrimp)
  • Drop the shrimp into the pan, and quickly stir everything together until the sauce is almost absorbed. Drizzle the sesame oil, and toss everything together again. Serve immediately.
    Kkanpung Shrimp (Sweet and Spicy Shrimp)