Some days I want a hearty meal without having to do so much chopping, slicing, prepping. At times, I want to go the super traditional route with all the bells and whistles to get the most depth in a dish but other days, I want it super delicious without too much effort. And of course, I can lean on the handy dandy Korean celebrity chef Baek Jong Won. He’s famous for simplifying recipes and making them super easy for the home cook.
Recently, Baek Jong Won highlighted shrimp on his cooking show “Home Cook Master Baek” and it has been super popular. With the exception of it needing to be fried, the cream shrimp recipe itself is very simple. The shrimp and batter includes only 3 ingredients:
- Korean frying mix*
- plus the frying oil
The sauce is also 3 ingredients:
- rice vinegar
- and optional sprinkling of parsley
It’ll make you wonder, can this be good? And I had my doubts BUT it is delicious! Tasting just the sauce at first, I thought it was too acidic but mixing it in with the fried shrimp showcased the creamy sauce with an ending bright tone. Lovely!
*Most Korean home kitchens are stocked with Frying Mix (튀김가루) which is mixture of flour, starch, baking powder. This is easily found in the Korean supermarket and many Asian markets. (Below are just two examples) If you don’t have this on hand, you could take one cup of flour minus 2 Tbsp out of the flour and add 2 Tbsp of corn or potato starch to make 1 cup of the substitute mixture. The starch will help to crisp up the shrimp more than plain flour. You can also just use flour but the shrimp may not be as crisp.
snipits from the episode…
Korean Chef Baek doing his thing, teaching.
First fry – still light in color
Double frying is the way to go! Golden and crispy
The other two guests in shock that the sauce is so easy!
Surprised by flavor !!