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Dragon Well Tea Shrimp Recipe (龙井虾仁)


Recipe: Long Jing Xia Ren (龙井虾仁) / Dragon Well Tea Shrimp

1/2 lb raw, peeled & frozen baby shrimp
1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
1/8 teaspoon salt or to taste
2 teaspoons oil
1 heaped tablespoon Longjing tea leaves
1/4 cup hot water
Some chopped scallion
1 tablespoon egg white
1 teaspoon corn starch


Defrost the frozen shrimp, rinse well, and pat dry with paper towels. Add corn starch and egg white to the shrimp and marinate for 15 minutes. Prepare the tea in a small tea pot by adding 1/4 cup hot water to the tea leaves. Set aside for 5 minutes and then filter the tea and set aside for the stir-fry.

Heat up 1 teaspoon cooking oil in a wok and toss in the shrimp. Do a few quick stir until the shrimp is 50% cooked, dish out and set aside. Wash the wok and heat it up again with the remaining 1 teaspoon cooking oil. Add the shrimp back into the wok, and quickly follow by the tea, Shaoxing wine, salt, and chopped scallion. Do a quick stir over high heat until the shrimp is cooked, dish out and serve immediately.

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22 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. lucia

    mental jog

    mmm… look so yummy!

    since i love shrimp,i guess i would have love this dish (as i would have with any dish to do with shrimp).

    i have not come across shrimp prepare with tea though. wine yes, but not tea.

  2. Kate / Kajal

    This is my hubbys most fav dish. The best is served at Ye Shanghai in Marco Polo , Hong Kong . Its all in the quality of the prawns. The rest is no effort at all. Simply fantastic for your taste buds. Gr8 dish Rasa.

  3. Claude-Olivier

    It looks so great….as usual ;-) I think it’s time to wish you a merry christas !!! Un très joyeux noel in french ;-) Cheers and drink a glass of good wine for me ^^!

  4. lingzie

    yet another simple but yummy recipe from you! i can’t wait to try it out! tea infused cuisine seems to be getting popular here (thanks to purple cane restaurants) but since they don’t have a branch in penang, guess i’ll have to cook my own tea dishes! thanks for the recipe! :)

  5. tigerfish

    I was thinking of making this for some time and in the end, procrastination won :(

    I like longjing tea a lot (much more than Oolong and Jasmine). The best longjing tea leaves are like “gunpowder”, and once brewed in boiling/hot water, they expands to huge leaves! The tea is light and not as tannic. :)

  6. East Meets West Kitchen

    Mmm! I must try this dish while I’m in South-East Asia!

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  7. Rasa Malaysia

    Anonymous – thanks for your kind comment.

    Kevin – yes, longjing tea is awesome. I love it. :)

    Andaliman – good luck, yes, do try it and I hope you will like it. For the tea, you can get it from Chinese stores selling tea leaves.

    Lucia – correct, I don’t believe any restaurants in Penang serves this just yet. ;)

    Anonymous – I checked out, it’s very impressive. I love it…now I know where to get gourmet tea.

    Maybahay – yes, they were fresh and delish. :)

    Unka – yes, longjing is one of the most expensive tea leaves, but you only need a little bit to cook this dish, so it’s OK. ;)

    ThaiCooking – I like your website, I will add you to my blogroll the next time I update. Thanks for your comment.

    Kate / Kajal – Yes, I have been to Ye Shanghai in Marco Polo Hong Kong, in fact, I went there just a few months ago. I loooooove the food there, it was great, unfortunately I didn’t try this dish. Anyway, I have to go back there or try out the Ye Shanghai in Shanghai. Been to Shanghai so many times but never tried that restaurant, what a waste!

    Claude – I hope you have had a Merry Christmas…now onto New Year!!! Cheers, more wine please. ;)

    Meiyen – thanks and happy holidays to you and your honey, too. :)

    Lingzie – thanks for your comment. Yes, you can make it, it’s very easy. :)

    Kok – I didn’t know either until I bought it. :-O

    Tiga – you are right, the longjing tea leaves expanded to very big in the tea pot…it was quite a sight. I was wondering about it when I saw them expanded. :P

    East Meets West – which part of SEA are you in? Yes, yes, try it if you can.

    Piggy – yes, simple and delish. Happy Holidays to you, too. :)

    Okihwn – yes, I do have the recipe for Dongbo Rou, but you will have to wait for it as I haven’t made them. ;)

    Joe – that’s what I did, I ate the whole plate in front of the TV. :P

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