In places where the Chinese Indentured Laborers settled in the Caribbean after the end of slavery (to help facilitate the shortage of labor in the sugar cane fields), you’ll find that the Culinary Culture is heavily influenced by their culinary heritage. Countries like Guyana, Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago to be more precise. Here’s one such dish! The perfect one pot meal in my humble opinion.
1 lb large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
1/2 lime or lemon (juice)
400 g Lo Mein Noodles (I used fresh)
1 1/2 tablespoon stir fry (spicy) oil
1 1/2 tablespoon veg oil
3 cloves garlic (diced fine or crushed)
2 onions (sliced)
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1/2 large red, green and orange bell pepper (cut into wedges)
10-15 mushroom (white button)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon Oyster Sauce
1 1/4 tablespoon Hoisin Sauce
2 scallions (chopped)
Tip! Prep the ingredients as this is a really quick dish to put together as with most stir-fry type recipes.
Peel and devein the shrimp and wash with the juice of 1/2 a lime or lemon and cool water.
Place your wok (or frying pan) on a medium flame and add the spicy chili oil.
Then add the garlic, grate in the ginger and toss in the shrimp. I left the tails on the shrimp (for presentation) but you can remove them. Stir and add the black pepper (use white pepper for a different flavor profile).
As this quickly cooks, cook your noodles according to the package directions and set aside.
2 1/2 – 3 minutes later, remove the shrimp from the wok (set aside) and add the vegetable oil back to the same wok.
Now add the bell peppers, onion, mushroom (cut in 1/2) and stir well.
2 minutes later it’s time to add your precooked noodles and mix well.
Now it’s time to add more flavors by adding the Chinese cooking wine, Hoisin sauce, Sesame oil, Oyster sauce and Soy sauce. Mix everything well to coat the noodles and vegetables. Cook for a couple minutes so the noodles absorb the sauces.
Toss in the shrimp, warm through and finish with the scallions before turning off the stove.
You’ll notice that I didn’t add any salt to this dish as I find that the sauces I added already got a sodium element to them, especially the dark soy sauce. But taste at the end and adjust to your liking.
Serve warm! Drop me your comments below, tag me on Instagram and don’t forget you can now get my cookbook – The Vibrant Caribbean Pot, 100 Traditional And Fusion Recipes @ CaribbeanPot.com/CookBook/