Sunday, August 25, 2013

Honey Walnut Shrimp and Chow Mein

Welcome friends and foodies! Welcome to The Tasteful Texan! Tonight we are taking a trip to China, well, not actually. We are bringing the taste of China to us! We have honey walnut shrimp and chow mein on the menu tonight.

My sister and I are gaga over Panda Express and their honey walnut shrimp and chow mein. Honestly, it's what we get every time we go. I guess you can say we are creatures of habit. Well tonight, I wanted to share a couple of recipes so you and your family can enjoy the yummy goodness in the comfort of your home for a fraction of the price! As usual, I'll be in the kitchen prepping for dinner. You are welcome to join me if you'd like. If you are joining me, I'll see you all there!

Honey Walnut Shrimp and Chow Mein
Both yield about 4 servings

For the Shrimp, you will need:

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons condensed milk
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch

For the Chow Mein, you will need:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 (5.6 oz) packages refrigerated Yaki Soba noodles
  • 2/3 cup chopped celery (chopped diagonally)
  • 1 medium-sized onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage


To Make the Shrimp: 

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Heat 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. 
  3. Add sugar and stir, constantly, until golden and thickened. 
  4. Add walnuts and gently toss to combine. 
  5. Transfer to a parchment paper-lined plate.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, honey and condensed milk; set aside.
  7. Season shrimp with salt and pepper, to taste.
  8. Working one at a time, dip the shrimp into the egg, then dredge in the cornstarch, pressing to coat.
  9. Working in batches, add the shrimp to the skillet, 8-10 at a time, and fry until evenly golden brown and crispy, about 1-2 minutes on each side. 
  10. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  11. In a large bowl, combine shrimp and honey mixture.
  12. Serve immediately, topped with walnuts.

To Make the Chow Mein:

  1. In a small bowl combine soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and black pepper. 
  2. Set aside.
  3. Remove Yaki Soba from packages and discard included flavoring packets. 
  4. Rinse noodles well, drain, and set aside.
  5. Heat oil in a large wok or skillet. 
  6. Add celery and onion and saute for about 1-2 minutes or until onions start to become soft and transparent. 
  7. Add cabbage and saute an additional minute or so.
  8. Toss Yaki Soba noodles and soy sauce mixture with the vegetables over medium-high heat for an additional 2-3 minutes or until noodles are heated through.
  9. Enjoy!

Have a great day and I hope to see you all around soon. I'll be back tomorrow with more recipes for you all. I'll catch you on the flip side. Happy blogging to all!