Mom's Chinese Stir Fry

Happy Chinese New Year!  It's the Year of the Fire Rooster.  Or maybe it's the Chicken?  Perhaps it's just a regular Rooster.  I have no clue.  I'm just going down a google hole.

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What I do know is that I've been eating this shrimp stir fry since I was a kid, and it's one of my favorites.

My mom shows us how to make it using just a couple ingredients that she always has, like soy sauce and corn starch.  When I was little, she would sometimes forego fresh veggies and use pantry staples like baby corn, bamboo shoots, and straw mushrooms. And she points out that you can make it with any other kind of protein - beef, pork, and chicken.  Maybe even rooster.

I don't know how I'll be celebrating this year.  I already made my frozen dumplings for a Facebook Live video so I'll be eating those leftovers tonight.  Like most years, I'm not around my Chinese family.  So it's nice to know I can make a pot of perfect rice and feel like I'm hanging out with my mom.  Get her recipe below, and a video tutorial too.  If you make it, tag me on social media (@mslynnchen) and let me know!



Chinese Shrimp and Vegetable Stir Fry

Ingredients

  • 1 lb shrimp

  • 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • ¼ tsp white pepper

  • 1 tablespoon corn starch

  • 3 chopped garlic cloves, 2 scallions, 1 tablespoon ginger (mix it all together and let it sit for 5 minutes)

Instructions

  1. Prep vegetables – any you like. WE are using snowpeas, red pepper, onion, celery and carrots.

  2. Heat the oil and put the garlic/ginger from the shrimp marinade into the pan. Cook for a minute then add the shrimp. Stir for a minute, the cover for a minute. Uncover and stir until cooked through and curly. Put the shrimp to the side.

  3. Put more oil to the pan and add the vegetables. Stir fry for a minute, adding white pepper and salt, then cover for another minute. Uncover, add a tablespoon of soy sauce and cook for another minute. Add the shrimp back in. Cook for another minute, remove from heat and serve. 

Four Days of Maine Travel

I haven't been to Texas lately, but I can tell you that everything is definitely bigger in this state!  Here is my Maine Travel recap.

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We spend four days in the cold cold rain.  I survive in a fleece that I buy from the outlet store on the first day, plus the LL Bean jacket I bring with me.  I do not get to wear any of the cute summer clothes I pack!

Other than the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse (above), we visit a couple cute little towns, like Camden, Boothbay Harbor, and Bath.  To be honest, it is so cold I just sit in the car for most of it.  But we have a blast just driving by.

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Of course, there is lobster to be eaten!  I capture a lot of it in our Maine travel vlog.  Highlights include a trip to the store Wicked Whoopies, where they have whoopie pies (the State dessert).  They make mini ones, but also ones that are so large I can sleep on them.

We made a bunch of videos this trip (including the real reason we went - my return to band camp) so subscribe to my YouTube or Facebook Channel if you don't want to miss them!


Taiwan: Peking Duck in Taichung City

This meal and trip are hosted.

After a spiritual experience for our minds/souls, we are getting a spiritual experience for our bodies at 928 Goldmine in Taichung City. All before a Peking Duck Dinner at Wein Restaurant.

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This isn't my first time getting a Chinese Foot Massage, but it is for Tara and Gigi!  Heavenly.

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After some Milk Boba Tea (invented here in Taiwan!) and a quick visit to two malls, we sit down to our last dinner at the stunning Wein Restaurant.

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I am still stuffed from our vegetarian lunch so I only have a bite of a few things, knowing we will be sitting on a 12 hour flight right after.

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These string beans wrapped around minced pork are as divine as they look.

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Stir-fried Loofah with Crab Roe Sauce and Salty Eggs.  Crazy.  Crazy good.

I can't remember what kind of meat this is, but it is delicious, and sizzles away at the table!

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A whole entire fish for Gigi...

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...I didn't eat any, but it smells great.

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One dish I can't resist is the Peking Duck, the restaurant's specialty.  There is even a little elevator to transport the birds to different floors!

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As you can see, it isn't served traditionally.

For one thing, they give you the option of wrapping it in pita bread.  You can also add condiments from all over the world.  From cheese to kimchi to raspberries to olives to hot peppers to...chocolate?!?

Of course I eat mine with chocolate.  Duh.  It tastes  better than chocolate-covered bacon!

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I also try some with Parmesan Cheese, fresh sprouts, and their gorgeous rainbow of sauces (representing elements like clouds, grass, and water).

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Obviously, it is the best Peking Duck I've ever eaten, and so is this soup they make from its delicious roasted bones.

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Abe gets his own veggie version, with mushrooms...

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...in addition to several other stunning dishes.

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For more photos, follow along on social media using the hashtags #LynninTaiwan and #ItsonTaiwan.  This trip is being sponsored by the Taiwan Tourism Board.  All opinions are on my own.

***UPDATE - You can watch my videos from Taiwan on my YouTube Page***

Taiwan: Taitung to Kaohsiung

We woke up so early from the Naruwan Hotel in Taitung that there was no time for breakfast!  Snacked on some fresh fruit (including my favorite, lychees) on the long drive to the Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area.  First stop - Donglong Temple...

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...where we got to see their King Boat, which will be burned at a festival on October 4.  You can read more about the ritual here.

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Surrounding the boat are people's wishes.  For $100 Taiwanese Dollars (roughly $3 US), you can add yours to be lit in the fire to come true - so hopefully I'll have some good news for you in the fall!

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Next up, lunch at the nearby Sunrise Seafood Restaurant - lots of seafood, obviously, both cooked...

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...and raw.

A pumpkin soup with all kinds of fishiness...

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...shrimp rice, and crab.

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This was my favorite dish - Beehive Shrimp.

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There was EVEN MORE food on the table but I was 90% full so I stopped, even though it looked terrific.  Especially since we were about to go on a boat ride!

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Out to Oyster Shell Island....

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...and then a stop to the Penbay International Circuit for a behind-the-scenes look at race car driving.

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One hour drive later, we were in Kaohsiung.  I'm currently blogging from our INSANE hotel which has the most amazing view, waiting for dinner to start.


For more photos, follow along on social media using the hashtags #LynninTaiwan and #ItsonTaiwan.  This trip is being sponsored by the Taiwan Tourism Board.  All opinions are on my own.

***UPDATE - You can watch my videos from Taiwan on my YouTube Page***