■ 450g peeled shrimp

■ 1/3 cup of fresh breadcrumbs or 5-1/2 tablespoons dried

■ 40g pork or bacon fat

■ 2 tablespoons chicken stock

■ 5 whole peeled water chestnuts (tinned)

■ 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ginger peeled and chopped

■ 1 egg separated

■ salt and pepper

■ 1 litre of cooking oil

■ Salt and Szechuan Pepper Dust to serve (optional)


1. Remove the crusts from the bread and shred the bread into a mixing bowl. Sprinkle the bread with the chicken stock.

2. On a board finely chop the shrimp, pork or bacon fat and mix, chop and blend. Add to the bread.

3. Finely chop the water chestnuts and ginger: add to the shrimp, add the egg yolk and mix.

4. Whisk the egg white till frothy and stir into the shrimp.

5. Heat approximately 4cm of cooking oil in a saucepan to a temperature of 170˚C.

6. Form a heaped tablespoon of the shrimp mix into a ball and gently drop into the hot oil. Cook a few at a time, turning the shrimp balls in the oil until golden, about 3-4 minutes. Drain on paper towels or a rack.

Prep: 15m | Cook: 15m | Yield: 16 Pcs | Easy

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Recipe adapted From: Felipe B Nery's english translation of Maria Celestina de Mello e Senna's cookbook "Bons Petiscos", 1972. Accessed online 2015, no longer available.

Ingredient Spotlight

Szechuan pepper is the husk of the prickly ash shrub and may be found in Chinese grocery specilaists.

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