June 07, 2009

Shrimp with Garlic Chives & Garlic Stems Tossed with Noodles




1 lb medium shrimp
1 bunch garlic chives, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 bunch garlic stem, cut into 2 inch long pieces
4 king oyster mushrooms, diced
3 green onions, green parts diced
1 tablespoon canola oil

sauce:
3/4 inch knob ginger, grated
2 garlic cloves, grated
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup Shaoxing wine
1/4 cup shrimp stock
1/2 teaspoon white pepper

8 oz fresh egg handcut noodles, cooked

Directions:
Whisk together the sauce ingredients. Set aside. Heat the oil in a large wok. Stir fry the mushrooms, garlic chives, garlic stems and green onions until the mushrooms are cooked throguh. Add the shrimp. Pour the sauce over and stir fry until the shrimp are fully cooked. If the sauce looks runny, add a slurry of 1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 2 teaspoons water and stir. Toss with noodles.

My thoughts:
I was excited to see garlic stems at H Mart yesterday. The texture (crisp and solid) and shape is similar to green beans but they have a mild garlic flavor that is rather addictive. They are sold in bundles of stems that are about 1 foot in length and curly. Don't confuse them with the soft garlic scapes commonly found at the farmer's market which are more tender and green onion-like. Garlic stems are the thicker, crunchy parts.. H Mart also had my favorite garlic chives (you can always tell they are garlic chives by the flowers on the tip) and oyster mushrooms on sale. Who can resist. Combined with fresh shrimp for under $5lb, I knew what I had to make. This was great, the flavors of the shrimp shone and the mild garlic flavor complemented rather than overpowered. A new favorite.