My goodness! I think this may have been the highlight of the night.
I was initially worried that homemade honey walnut shrimp couldn’t possibly live up to the amazingnessitude of our local Chinese takeout place, but I was totally wrong. This stuff (adapted from HERE) is great and you should put it in your face RIGHTNOW.
I SAID NOW!
- 4 cups water
- 2⅔ cups white sugar
- 2 cups walnuts pieces
- 16 tablespoons of egg whites
- 2⅔ cups corn starch
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 4 pounds large peeled & deveined shrimp (make sure they do this at the store for you, or else you will spend a day smelling like shrimp. It's your call/preference as to whether or not you want them to keep on the tails.)
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ cup sweetened and condensed milk
- 4 cups vegetable oil
- Whisk together water and sugar in a small pan.
- Bring to a boil, add walnuts, and boil for an additional two minutes.
- Drain and then spread walnuts in a thin layer on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper or aluminum foil to dry.
- Whip eggs whites until foamy. Whisk in egg whites until very pasty and set aside.
- Heat oil in a heavy, tall-sided pan over medium-high heat.
- Dip shrimp into egg white batter, then fry until golden - about five minutes.
- Remove and drain on paper towels.
- In a large bowl, stir together mayonnaise, honey, and sweetened and condensed milk.
- Add in fried shrimp and stir until evenly coated.
- Sprinkle dried candied walnuts over the top and serve.
Wanna check out the rest of the Chinese-inspired menu? Try one of these!
- “Krab” Rangoon
- Chicken Potstickers
- Hoisin BBQ Pork Sliders
- Egg Fried Rice
- Veggie Lo Mein
- Mongolian Chicken
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