Billy Ngo, now chef at Kru, a Japanese restaurant in Sacramento, shared this dish inspired by his previous restaurant, Red Lotus. Instead of frying the shrimp in tempura batter, as he does, we've added puffed rice (less fat, but still crunchy). If extra guests arrive, you can stretch this dish by adding any Asian-style slaw.
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Asian chili oil with chile flakes
1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 pound peeled, deveined large shrimp (26 to 30 per lb.)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 tablespoons mild honey such as clover
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 serrano chiles, sliced
1/4 cup puffed rice cereal
1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes
How to Make It
Mix mayo, chili oil, and soy sauce in a bowl; set aside.
Preheat broiler with rack set about 5 in. from heat. Coat shrimp with oil and lay evenly on a broiler pan. Broil until pink and firm, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
Drizzle shrimp with honey and sprinkle with salt, tossing to coat. Arrange shrimp evenly on a serving plate. Sprinkle with chile slices, puffed rice, and chile flakes. Serve immediately with sauce on the side.
This was a hit! Very quick, very easy. I pulled a few shrimp off after the honey/salt step and gave those to the kids. Instead of layering the shrimp and sauce, I mixed it all together, added 1 T of fresh chopped cilantro and served it on top of spinach lightly dressed with sesame oil and rice vinegar. Topped it all with the puffed rice and a few chilies as a garnish. Will make again.
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