If I’ve ever commented on one of your blogs before, you’ve probably heard me say I’m a chocolate lover, or a peanut butter lover, or an asparagus lover, or a butterscotch lover, or a brownie lover, or even a Brussels sprouts lover. That’s all true, but here’s one more. I’m a shrimp lover. Ever since I was a little kid, shrimp was a favorite. My mom only made shrimp on special nights, usually shrimp scampi. (Yum!) I never got over my love for shrimp, and now I keep a couple bags of it in the freezer all the time. It’s easy to defrost under warm running water and even easier to cook, so I can enjoy shrimp any night of the week, even after a long day at work. Today was one of those days. I finally remembered to bring home a copy of Helen’s Asian Kitchen: Easy Chinese Stir-Fries. The Yangzhou Slippery Shrimp recipe caught my eye. My photo above isn’t nearly as pretty as the one in the book by Jason Wyche, but you’ll have to check out the book yourself to see what I mean.
The recipe is so good, it’s almost addicting. The sauce is made from ginger, garlic, ketchup (yes, ketchup), cider vinegar, rice wine, and a bit of sugar, so it turns out a little sweet and sour, but not like that nasty stuff you get at most Chinese take-out spots. Helen Chen knows Chinese cooking. These recipes may look easy, but the flavors are sophisticated. If you’re still reading, I’m going to try something different. I’ll give away a copy of this book to one random person. All I ask is that you post a comment saying something about actually wanting a copy of the book. (I say that, just in case you want to write a comment but don’t want a free book.) So write something like, “hey, Justin, I want the book,” and you’ll have a chance to win a copy. I’ll randomly choose a winner in a week. If you don’t have an email address at your blog or user account, include that in your comment so I can reach you. Good luck.