Ebi Furai (Japanese Panko-coated Deep-fried Shrimp)
Many Western-inspired dishes were born in Japan after the Meiji Restoration which ended its isolationist policy. Ebi furai, tonkatsu and omurice are among these dishes.Unlike tempura, ebi furai (literally, fried shrimp) is not coated in batter. Rather, you’ll need three things to coat the shrimps with: flour, beaten egg and panko.Panko is Japanese-style breadcrumbs: flaky rather than grainy and, although more bulky in appearance, lighter in texture than Western-style breadcrumbs.
- Shell and devein the shrimps. Pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle lightly with salt.
- Place the flour, egg and panko in three separate shallow bowls. Beat the egg.
- Holding the shrimp by the tail, dredge each in flour; shake off the excess. Repeat with the rest of the shrimps.
- Dip the floured shrimps one by one in beaten egg.
- Roll the shrimps one by one in panko to coat every inch of the surface.
- Heat enough cooking oil to reach a depth of at least three inches.
- Cooking in batches of four to six, drop the breaded shrimps in the hot oil and cook until the coating is golden and crisp, about two minutes. Scoop out and drain.
- Serve the ebi furai with tartar sauce (traditional), sweet chili sauce (not traditional but excellent) or tempura sauce (great choice as well).
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