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P.F. Chang's Lemon Pepper Shrimp

By Todd Wilbur


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Menu Description: "Stir-fried with chives and bean sprouts."

Chefs at P. F. Chang's China Bistro cook most dishes in heavy woks over extremely high heat with flames nipping at their noses. The special stove is designed so that the tall fires work at the back end of the wok, away from the chef. The well-ventilated stove is built with a steady stream of running water nearby to thin sauces and rinse the woks after each dish is prepared. Since we don't have those blaster stoves at home, I've had to tweak the recipe for standard kitchen equipment. A gas stove and a wok will give you the best results, but this recipe can be knocked-off just as well with a large saute pan, if that's all you've got. Things are moving fast in P.F. Chang's kitchens. The chefs are well-trained, but they eyeball measurements for sauces with a ladle, so each wok-prepared dish is going to come out a little different. Considering this, I figured the best way to get a good clone would be to order the dish several times. I averaged the flavors by combining several batches of sauce into one large bowl, and then copied that. The shrimp is lightly breaded—they use potato starch, but cornstarch is a good substitute—and flash fried in oil. Strain the shrimp out of the oil, add it back to the pan with the sauce, and you've got yourself a clone.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.

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Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons coarse grind black pepper
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  • 1 pound medium raw shrimp (31/40 count), shelled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 thin lemon slices, each cut into quarters
Garnish
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 large green onions
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
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      P.F. Chang's
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      1. Make the sauce by heating 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok or large saucepan over medium heat. Saute the garlic and ginger in the hot oil for about 15 seconds, being careful not to burn the garlic. Add the soy sauce, then dissolve cornstarch in the water and add the mixture to the pan. Add the brown sugar, lemon juice and black pepper and bring the mixture to a boil. Simmer for two minutes then remove it from the heat.

      2. Coat all the shrimp generously with cornstarch. Let the shrimp sit for about five minutes so that the cornstarch will stick better.

      3. Heat a cup of oil in a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Add the shrimp to the pan and saute for 3 to 4 minutes or until the shrimp starts to turn light brown. Strain the shrimp out of the oil with a slotted spoon or spider and dump the oil. Put the shrimp back in the wok along with the lemon slices, saute for a minute, then add the sauce to the pan. Toss everything around to coat the shrimp thoroughly. Cook for another minute or so until the sauce thickens on the shrimp. 

      4. As the shrimp cooks, heat up 1 teaspoon of oil in a separate medium saucepan. Cut the green part of the green onions into 3-inch lengths. Add those green onion slices and bean sprouts to hot oil along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Saute for a couple minutes until the green onions begin to soften.

      5. Build the dish by pouring the green onions and sprouts onto a serving plate. Dump the shrimp over the veggies and serve. 

      Serves 2.

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Lisa
Jan 10, 2006, 22:00

This is perfectly delicious and simple to make. I didn't have bean sprouts on hand when I made it so I fried some rice noodles and we like that better. This is one of our favorite dishes.

VERY GOOD
Dec 6, 2005, 22:00

I really like this recipe. I thought it was a little too heavy on the soy sauce so next time I will add more juice and kick back on the soy. Also, I brined the shrimp first to give it that extra pop/crunch in your mouth like the restaurant.

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