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Thorny Shrimp Balls Filled With Sweet Chestnuts
What You Need:
  • A 3-inch square kombu (dried kelp), cut from a sheet of packaged kombu and washed under cold running water
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 24 large raw shrimp (10 to 15 per pound), shelled and deveined
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon mirin (sweet sake), or substitute 2 teaspoons pale dry sherry
  • 1 egg white
  • 6 small white turnips, peeled
  • 3 ounces somen (Japanese noodle), or substitute any thin noodle, cut into 1-inch lengths (about 1½ cups)
  • Vegetable oil
  • 6 kuri fukume-ni

  • How To Cook:
    1. Soak the kombu in ½ cup of water for 30 minutes. Stir in 1/3 cup of flour, mix to a paste, and set aside.

    2. Puree the shrimp, a few at a time, in an electric blender or put them twice through the finest blade of a meat grinder.

    3. Then, with an electric beater or large spoon, beat into the puree the salt, mirin, 1 egg white and 6 tablespoons of the flour-and-kombu liquid. Continue to beat until smooth.

    4. With a small, sharp knife, trim the turnips into 1h-inch balls. Divide the shrimp mixture into 6 parts and, moistening your hands with cold water, shape into 6 balls.

    5. Make an indentation in the top of each ball and force the turnip into it. Pat into shape again, enclosing the turnip.

    6. Spread the cut noodles out on a sheet of wax paper. Then roll the shrimp balls about in them until they adhere and protrude like thorns.

    7. Pour into a deep-fat fryer or deep skillet enough oil to come 3 inches up the sides. Set over high heat until the oil registers 375°F on a deep fat thermometer. Deep-fry the shrimp balls 3 or 4 at a time for 2 to 3 minutes, or until they are golden brown.

    8. Remove and drain on paper towels. With a chopstick or the point of a knife, make a hole in the top of each ball and spread it open gently. One by one, remove the turnips and insert a sweet chestnut in its place. Serve at room temperature.

    To Make: 6 zensai
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    Cuisine » Asia » Japan
    Main Ingredient » Shellfish » Shrimps
    Main Ingredient » Vegetables » Turnip
    Main Ingredient » Herbs & Spices » Kelp & Seaweed
    Dish » Appetizers


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