Kung Hei Fat Choi (wishing you prosperity) Sweet Hearts!!
It’s Chinese new year – it’s the year of the dragon and we should celebrate!!
It’s the first day of a fifteen day long celebration filled with family – friends – huge feasts, parades, gorgeous lanterns and bright colours.
And though I’m not Chinese, nor versed to any extent in Chinese culture – any day I get to wear a cute dress, sit around the table to eat tons of Asian inspired food, and be joined by those I care about most – - that’s a pretty snazzy day.
Growing up, Chinese new year was a huge deal while attending school.
We were all responsible to wear red for good luck, we would receive little red envelopes with a coin inside, paper lanterns were made, the older students would wear a traditional dragon costume and run though the halls and at the end of the day, without fail there would be fireworks.
I was pretty lucky, I attended a really cool elementary school that tried extremely hard to foster educating students on different cultures and customs. At that age, it was GREAT!! A day with not much school work – tons of fun games and fireworks!! – - how can you go wrong when you’re ending your school day with fireworks?!?!
So good looking kiddies, Let’s celebrate!!
And to start this party off….
Fire Breathing Shrimp Mango-Tango Rice Paper Wraps.
They’re light – fresh – bright – easy peasy and most importantly they are yuuummmmyyy!!
Add this little number to your day, and you’ll be sure to have your friends and family popping over to see how your celebrating the year of the dragon.
Fire Breathing Shrimp Mango-Tango Rice Paper Wraps
yields 10 wraps
10 Rice Paper Sheets
10 Leaves of Romain Lettuce
1/2 Red Onion, thinly sliced
1 Medium Carrot, shredded
1/2 Mango thinly sliced into strips (julienned)
3/4 Cup Shell-less Medium Sized Shrimp ~ approximately 20 pieces.
2 Tbsp Fresh Thyme, finely chopped
1/2 Tbsp Dried Savoy spice
1/2 Tbsp Salt
1/2 Tbsp Sriracha Hot Sauce
1/4 Tbsp Dried Parsley
1/2 Tbsp Onion Powder
1/2 Tbsp Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Fresh Ginger
Shallow dish, or deep bottomed plate filled with warm water
In a medium sized bowl mix together shrimp, thyme, savoury, salt, sriracha hot sauce ( feel free to use more or less, it all depends on how dragon-like, you’re willing to go ;)), dried parsley, onion powder, black pepper and fresh minced ginger. Allow to marinate while all other ingredients are being prepared.
Time to build these wraps!!
Have all of your ingredients arranged in an assembly line.
Assembly Order: Rice Sheets, water bath, lettuce leaves, mango strips, red onion slices, carrots, marinated shrimp.
Let’s get this parrr-taaayy started!!
Working with one rice paper sheet at a time, soak in water bath until translucent and pliable. This should take approximately 20 seconds on each side.
Next, layer 1 lettuce leaf on top of the wrap.
Now, add 4 or 5 strips of mango along the seam of the lettuce.
Layer a couple (3 or 4) sliced on onion on top of the mango.
And now, layer 2 tbsp of grated carrot atop of the onion.
Last but not least, add 2 pieces of the fire-breathing shrimp on top of your entire mound of yummy-ness.
Now, Let. It. ROOOLLL
Roll half of the rice paper wrap along the lettuce seam. Fold both sides of the wrap in, creating a rice paper wrap envelope.
Next, continue rolling in the direction of the seam of the lettuce until your wrap is well sealed.
Have a fantastic Monday & a wonderful Chinese New Year
Stay Sweet Cuties