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Green Tea Recipe: Shrimp with Green Tea Leaves

Loose Green tea shrimp

Another Great Green Tea Recipe.
This one traces it’s origins to the Imperial Court of Beijing.

Ingredients:

Sauce Ingredients:
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
2 tablespoons brewed DragonWell(Lung Jing) tea
1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 1/4 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon dry sherry
Pinch freshly ground white pepper
1 3/4 teaspoons tapioca flour
2 tablespoons Chicken Stock

2 1/2 cups peanut oil
One 1/4-inch-thick slice fresh ginger, peeled
3/4 pound medium shrimp (about 24), shelled and deveined
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1/4 cup chopped scallion in (whites only in 1/4-inch diagonal pieces)
1/4 cup diced red bell pepper in 1/4-inch pieces
1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
1 orange, cut thinly into rounds, then half moons, for garnish

1/2 tablespoon Dragon Well loose green tea leaves
1/4 cup water

Directions

To brew the tea, place the tea leaves in a bowl. Boil the water and pour over the leaves. Cover the bowl and steep for 10 minutes. Strain the tea. Reserve the tea leaves and 2 tablespoons of brewed tea for the sauce.

In a bowl, mix the sauce ingredients and reserve.

Heat wok over high heat for one minute. Add the peanut oil and slice of ginger. Add shrimp to oil until they begin to turn pink, about 5 seconds, turn off the heat. Remove the shrimp and drain. Transfer the oil to a bowl and discard the ginger slice.

Return 1 tablespoon of the reserved peanut oil to the wok. Heat over high heat for 20 seconds. When oil begins to smoke, add the minced ginger and stir briefly. Add the scallion and cook, stirring about 15 seconds. Add the shrimp and reserved tea leaves and cook, stirring, for 20 seconds. Add the peppers and cook about 20 seconds. Make a well in the centre of the mixture, stir the sauce mixture, pour in, and stir well.
When the sauce bubbles and thickens, turn off the heat and move to a platter, traditionally this dish is garnished around the edges with orange slices.

What Tea do you keep on hand?

As I was digging through my personal assortment of Teas, two things happened:

My Tea

1st:  I realized that I have a Tea problem
2nd: I wondered whether other people keep a wide assortment of Tea on hand, or just a few that they really like.

Here’s a rundown of what I’ve got on hand right now:  Tell me what you drink.

1. Rishi Tea – Jasmine Silver Needle
2. Rishi Tea – Organic Earl Grey
3. TROT – Imperial republic Pu-erh
4. TROT – Mini Pu-Erh balls
5. TROT – Dragon Well (long jing)
6. SerindipiTea – Fiji
7. Teance – TiKuanyn (Monkey picked – medium roast)
8. TROT – Wuyi Oolong
9. SerindipiTea – Darjeeling First Flush
10. Rishi Tea – Kukicha
11. NM Tea Co. – Jasmine Pearl
12. TROT – Dancing Leaves Tea
13. TROT – Ti Kuan Yin
14. TROT – Big Green Hojicha
15. TROT – Organic Green Pearl
16. TROT – Republic Chai Tea
17. NM Tea Co. – Green Pu-erh packed in Mandarin Orange
18. NM Tea Co. – Guangnan Green Pu-erh (Tea patty)
19. Tazo – Awake
20. Two Leaves and a Bud – Tamayokucha
21. Lipton – Decaf black… (For my lady) 🙂

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