Tuesday, January 25

Thai Spicy Basil Shrimp

I love fresh Thai basil. Its unique flavor gives any dish such a wonderful freshness. Unlike Italian basil, Thai basil has stronger aroma and sweeter peppery flavor. The most commonly used of Thai basil is Sweet Basil ("Bai Ho Ra Pa") which has a strong exotic scent. It is used in all kinds of curry and stir-fried dishes.

In this recipe, besides fresh shrimps, you can also use any other kind of meats. And you can adjust the heat to your preference by cutting or adding the red chili peppers.

You will need:
  • 1 lb. fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 7-8 garlic cloves
  • 7-8 Thai red chili pepper (or adjust to your preference)
  • 1 cup yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup carrot, cut in matchstick pieces
  • 1/2 cup green/red/yellow bell pepper, julienned
  • 2 cups basil leaves, loosely packed
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tsp light soy sauce (or fish sauce)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • grounded white (or black) pepper

Directions:

  1. Pound garlic cloves and chili peppers together using mortar and pestle. Or you can mince them together using a knife.
  2. Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chili garlic mixture and stir until lightly browned and fragrant.
  3. Add prepared shrimps and stir well to evenly mix everything together. Once the shrimps start to turn pink - but still translucent in the middle !! (pictured above), add onions, carrots, and bell peppers. Stir to get vegetables cooked real quick, you want them to be a bit crisp, not all soft.
  4. Then, add oyster sauce, light soy sauce, sugar, and grounded white/black pepper.
  5. Stir quickly to mix the seasonings into ingredients. Then add water, and stir to get everything coated with sauce.
  6. Turn off the heat, add the basil leaves and give it a good stir. Transfer to serving dish. Great over rice!

Sunday, January 23

Gracie's Place

I couldn't believe I had never been to Gracie's Place! It is right here in the charming downtown Williamston. I fell in love with the restaurant as soon as I stepped in. My girlfriends and I had a wonderful time, enjoying outstanding food, and great service!

Gracie's Place offers fine dining and a classy atmosphere. I love their beautiful wood floors, tin ceilings, surrounded by white walls and big glass windows. A brick wall displays artwork by local artists. Staffs are friendly and attentive. Our server is very knowledgeable about wines and food on the menu. Overall, absolutely fantastic experience!

I wish I had taken more photos of our food to share. Everything is so delicious and beautifully presented! I am planning to go back soon, and hoping to sit at the chef bar where I can watch the cooking in action.



Gracie's Place:
151 South Putnum St.
Williamston, MI 48895
(517) 655-1100
http://www.graciesplacebistro.com/


Saturday, January 15

Mango with Sticky Rice

Mango with Sticky Rice
Recipe here

Enjoy!




Sunday, January 2

Spicy Salt and Pepper Shrimp

This is an amazing shrimp dish I always order from my favorite Chinese restaurant in town, Golden Wok. The shrimp are lightly coated and fried with the shells on. They are then tossed in the spicy salt and pepper mix until the outer shells are thoroughly coated. They are delicious eaten the whole thing. The crispy, well-seasoned shells give these shrimp a great flavor and texture. YUM!

Golden Wok
2755 E Grand River Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 333-8322
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