Monday, March 14, 2011

Ready for the Drunk Shrimp?

Drunken Shrimp or Filipino dish, Gambas

Here in the Philippines, we have this Filipino shrimp dish that we call, Gambas. Gambas or Drunken Shrimp is a dish in which the shrimp is marinated in gin or vodka, and then sauteed. This dish is easy to cook, and very famous as an appetizer or as a nick-nacks while drinking. 

Since it has been awhile since I shared a recipe here, I am happy to share the recipe of Gambas or Drunken Shrimp which I recently cooked.

Ingredients: (adjust the ingredients according to your liking)

medium-sized shrimp (cleaned, shells intact, just remove the antennae and the spiky horn)
gin or vodka
lemon juice
ginger (julliened)
garlic (crushed)
oil for sauteing
chilli powder

1. Combine gin or vodka with lemon juice, salt, pepper, ginger, and garlic, then marinate the shrimp for at least 30 minutes.

2. Heat the pan or wok, then pour little oil, take the ginger and garlic from marinate and saute them in oil. Once the ginger and garlic are browned, put the shrimp and stir-fry it. Then put the gin liquid from the marinate. Flambé (look photo below) the pan to remove the alcohol. Adjust the salt and pepper according to your taste. You can add chili powder to give spicy kick. Cook the shrimp for 10 minutes or until the liquid has evaporated. Do not burn your shrimp. 

3. Let it rest for a minute and serve.

Flambé is pouring of the liquor in the dish and ignite it. 


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