Simple Sunday Snack: Chili Shrimps

A few weeks ago, my sister, my mom and I watched episodes of Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course at home. One of the things that I appreciate about his show is his authenticity as a chef. He confidently and humbly shared his tips and recipes which inspired me to continue learning and growing in the kitchen. This morning, I decided to apply a lesson I learned from him when I made a shrimp dish for lunch: “Learn to balance flavors. Don’t be afraid to use chili!”

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I don’t know why, but cooking with chili isn’t a usual thing for me. In fact, I only started to like chili in college when I discovered how good it was when paired with steamed siomai (which were sold in the kiosks near the MRT and LRT stations). So, today, I used green chili with my shrimp scampi, for a change. Surprisingly, I liked the idea! After eating a bowl of shrimps with my mom and sister, I even told my sister: “I think I’m going to make shrimp scampi with chili ALWAYS!” Hahaha.

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I enjoyed it so much that I regretted how I didn’t use chili that much before. If it wasn’t for Gordon Ramsay’s cookery course, I wouldn’t have considered using chili in my dishes. It made me realize how it was similar to missing out on blessings and wisdom when I don’t intentionally spend time with and learn from God, who knows EVERYTHING. If I am able to enjoy learning from simple cooking instructions by a world-renowned chef, I can just imagine how awesome it would be to continue learning and growing more from God’s Word. :)

Indeed, I shall do so by His grace, one step at a time.

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RECIPE

 Ingredients:

Half a kilo of shrimps

2 tbsp. of herb butter

1 tbsp. of olive oil

6 cloves of garlic

1 green chili (I used one, without the seeds. But if you want it to be a bit more spicy, you may include the seeds and/or add another chili.)

Salt & Pepper

1 tbsp. of fish sauce

1-2 tbsp. of water

 

Steps:

  1. Rinse and remove the shrimp heads from the body. Set aside.
  2. Remove the veins of the shrimps.
  3. Season the shrimps with salt and pepper.
  4. By using a mortar and pestle, crush the shrimp heads with water.
  5. Heat herb butter and olive oil in a pan.
  6. Slice the garlic and green chili. Add to the pan.
  7. Cook the shrimps for 2-3 minutes. Add the fish sauce and the shrimp heads’ sauce.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

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Encourage yourself one treat at a time. :)

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