- 1 1/2 pounds asparagus
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce, preferably Three Crabs brand*
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon vegetarian "oyster" sauce*
- 5 tablespoons plus 1/2 tsp. vegetable oil, divided
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/2 pound peeled, deveined large shrimp, tails left on
- 2 tablespoons thinly sliced shallots (about 2 large)
- 1 teaspoon Shaoxing cooking wine
- 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
- Hot steamed jasmine rice
- calories 154
- caloriesfromfat 64 %
- protein 8.8 g
- fat 11 g
- satfat 1.3 g
- carbohydrate 4.7 g
- fiber 1.3 g
- sodium 693 mg
- cholesterol 52 mg
How to Make It
Snap off the root end of each asparagus stalk. Slice the asparagus into 2-in. pieces on the bias so the resulting points echo the tapered tips of the asparagus. Set aside.
Make the cooking sauce: Mix together sugar, fish sauce, soy sauce, "oyster" sauce, and 1/2 tsp. oil in a small bowl.
Heat a large heavy skillet or wok over high heat and pour in 3 tbsp. oil. Add garlic and fry, stirring vigorously, until the garlic is just beginning to brown, 10 to 15 seconds. Toss in shrimp and cook about 30 seconds. Add 1 tbsp. cooking sauce, toss to coat, and cook, stirring frequently, until shrimp are almost opaque all the way through, about 2 minutes. Scrape shrimp and seasonings into a bowl and set aside.
Wipe pan clean and place back over high heat. Pour in remaining 2 tbsp. oil and add shallots. Cook, stirring vigorously, until shallots are slightly browned--30 to 60 seconds. Add asparagus, toss, and pour in remaining sauce mixture. Cook asparagus until almost tender but still a little crunchy, 3 to 5 minutes depending on their thickness. Add shrimp mixture and toss to warm through.
Pull off the heat. Stir in the rice wine and pepper and serve immediately, with rice.
*Use mild Three Crabs brand for cooking; find in Asian markets and well-stocked grocery stores. The Banhs prefer vegetarian "oyster" sauce, made from mushrooms, to regular oyster sauce because they feel the quality is more consistent.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving without rice.