Shrimp with Asparagus
by Katie Chin, Tastemaker in Residence
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10 oz shelled and deveined large-sized raw shrimp
1 Tbsp water
2 tsp all-purpose cornstarch, divided
Dash of white pepper
¼ tsp dark sesame oil
10 oz asparagus, ends trimmed and cut in 2-inch pieces on a diagonal
1 Tbsp oyster sauce
2 Tbsp oil, divided
1 garlic clove, minced
1 small white onion, thinly sliced
4 Tbsp Basic Chicken Stock (page ) or store-bought
1/4 tsp salt
- In a medium bowl, toss the shrimp with 1 teaspoon all-purpose cornstarch, pepper, and sesame oil. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon water, the remaining 1 tablespoon all-purpose cornstarch and the oyster sauce. Set aside.
- Heat ½ the oil in a wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and shrimp and stir-fry for 2 minutes, or until the shrimp turn pink. Remove from the wok or skillet and set aside. Wash and thoroughly dry the wok or skillet.
- Heat the remaining oil in the wok or skillet over high heat. Add the garlic and onion and stir-fry until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the asparagus and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the chicken stock and heat to boiling. Cover and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the all-purpose cornstarch mixture and cook until thickened, about 1 minute. Add the baby corn and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the reserved shrimp and cook and stir for 1 minute, until the shrimp are hot. Serve immediately with hot steaming rice.