Shrimp on sugar cane (chao tom)
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Shrimp on sugar cane (chao tom)
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Last updated 6/12/2012 1:01:33 AM. Recipe ID 24849. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Shrimp on sugar cane (chao tom)
 Categories: Vietnamese, Seafood, Ceideburg 2
      Yield: 8 Servings
      1 lb Raw shrimp in shell
      4    Cloves garlic
      1 ts Rock sugar, pounded to a
           -powder, or 1 teaspoon
           -granulated sugar
      2    Egg whites, beaten until
           -slightly frothy
      1 tb Roasted Rice Powder
           Sprinkling of freshly
           -ground black pepper
      2 tb Pork fat, boiled for 10
           -minutes and diced very
      1    Twelve-inch section sugar
    1/4 c  Vegetable oil, approximately
           Basic Vegetable Platter
           -[see below]
     12    Dried rice papers (banh

MMMMM-------------------NUOC LEO WITH TAMARIND------------------------
      1 tb Tamarind paste
    1/2 c  Plus 3 tablespoons water
      1 tb Vegetable oil
      2    Cloves garlic, chopped
    1/3 c  Tuong
      1 ts Granulated sugar
      2 tb Peanut butter
      2 tb Roasted Peanuts
  The "tuong" referred to below is a Vietnamese soybean preparation++a
  kind of thin, salty paste.  If you can't find it, you *might* get
  away with substituting Chinese bean sauce, mashed and thinned a bit
  with water, or possibly a dark Japanese miso. Although you can make
  this in a food processor or blender, it's best to pound it in a
  mortar with a pestle to achieve that certain crunchiness which is a
  most desirable quality of much Vietnamese food.  Bach started using a
  mortar and pestle when she was thirteen years old, working with a
  pestle that was about a yard long and 5 inches in diameter.  Although
  her family hand many servants, her mother, a great cook, wanted Bach
  to learn to use this tool properly. And Bach, who loved to cook as
  much then as she does now, was a willing and eager student. In
  Vietnam, where this is a very important dish, both the sugar cane and
  shrimp, fresh from the sea, are brought to the door by the country
  people.  If you cannot obtain sugar cane, you can prepare this dish
  with crab claws instead. In the West, we have been making this in the
  oven. Originally it was barbecued over charcoal, and if you with you
  can do the same.  Just cook it for 10 minutes on each side and this
  attractive dish will be reproduced exactly as it is in Vietnam. Shell
  and devein the shrimp, them rinse.  Dry thoroughly in paper towels,
  blotting many times. Mash the garlic in a mortar, then add the
  shrimp, a few at a time and mash to a paste.  If the mortar is not
  large enough, it will be necessary to remove the already prepared
  shrimp paste to make room for the additional shrimp to be pounded.
  After all the shrimp is reduced to a smooth paste, pound the sugar
  into the shrimp, then add the egg white and pound with the pestle
  until well blended. Finally add the roasted rice powder, black
  pepper, and pork fat, combining all the ingredients. Peel the sugar
  cane. Cut into 4-inch lengths and then split lengthwise into
  quarters. Pour about 1/4 cup of oil into a bowl.  Dip your fingers
  into the oil and pick up about 2 tablespoons of shrimp paste.  Mold
  it into an oval, around and halfway down the sugar cane, leaving half
  of the sugar cane exposed to serve as a handle.  Proceed until you
  have used up all the shrimp paste. Preheat the oven to 350F.  Put the
  shrimp on sugar cane on a baking sheet, then bake for 30 minutes or
  until brown. Serve with the vegetable platter, dried rice papers, and
  nuoc leo with tamarind, as follows: Each person is given a dried rice
  paper, and, dipping his finger in water, he moistens the entire
  surface of the paper, which soon becomes soft and flexible. He then
  helps himself, from the vegetable platter, to some lettuce, cucumber,
  coriander, and mint, if available.  Then he takes a sugar cane stick,
  removes the shrimp patty, breaks it in half lengthwise, and places it
  on top of the vegetables, all in a cylinder, at one end of the rice
  paper. Then he folds over each side to enclose the filling and rolls
  it up. Holding it in his hand, he then dips it in his own small bowl
  of sauce. While you eat the shrimp in rice paper, you can also chew
  on the sugar cane.  Makes 6 servings. NUOC LEO WITH TAMARIND: Soak
  the tamarind paste in the 3 tablespoons water. Heat the oil and add
  the chopped garlic; cook briefly.  Add the water from the tamarind to
  the saucepan, discarding the remaining tamarind paste and seeds. Stir
  and add the tuong, 1/2 cup water, sugar, peanut butter. Mix well and
  boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Sprinkle the nuts on top of
  the sauce and pour into individual bowls for serving. ROASTED RICE
  (THINH): Roasted rice is used quite frequently in Vietnamese cooking.
  We generally prepare a quantity of it and keep it in a jar to have on
  hand when needed. 1 cup rice Heat a small, dry frying pan over high
  heat and add the rice. Toast, stirring constantly, until rice is
  brown.  Transfer to a blender and grind into a powder. Store as
  suggested above. 

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Recipe ID 24849 (Apr 03, 2005)

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