Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Forbidden Shrimp Tower

Okay, so you're not forbidden to eat this.  The dish is plated onto a bed of dark "forbidden" rice and piled high with shrimp and vegetables.  Black rice is similar in the  fiber content of brown rice with the same nutty taste.  In ancient Chinese culture it was only served to the Emperor and was off limits to his subjects, thus, "forbidden".

Treat yourself with a dinner fit for the king!


Forbidden (black) rice, cook according to directions

1 Tbsp oil

1/2 large carrots, peeled and julienne (cut into strips)

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 green onions, chopped (reserve 1/4 of this portion for garnish)

1 cup sliced mushrooms

3/4 cup shredded red or green cabbage

1 Tbsp hoisin sauce

1 Tbsp soy sauce

10-12 pre-cooked shrimp, cleaned, no tail

Napa or lettuce leaves for garnish

sriracha or chili sauce for a spicy condiment

forbidden rice (Cook according to directions)

Once you've done all the chopping or prep work, this comes together quite quickly.   Cook the rice first. It will take about 45 minutes.   In a large skillet heat the oil on medium heat.  Add the carrots, onions, garlic, mushrooms and cabbage and stir while cooking until slightly limp.  Add the shrimp, stir, and add the hoisin and soy sauce.  If mixture appears dry, just add a bit of water to loosen.

Serve on a lettuce leaf and a bed of rice.  For those of you who like a little spice, by all means add some chili flakes, sriracha sauce or sweet Thai chili sauce.

Makes 2 heaping towers.

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