Ebi Furai (Shrimp Fry) Curry
Panko-coated and deep-fried shrimps are paired with Japanese curry sauce made with grated apple. Ebi furai (shrimp fry) curry is rich in texture, flavor and color.
Make the curry roux
- In a sauce pan, melt the butter.
- Stir in the flour, all at once, until the mixture is smooth.
- Cook the roux over medium-low heat, with occasionally stirring, until lightly browned.
- Off the heat, stir in the curry powder, chili flakes, soy sauce, oyster sauce, ketchup and honey. Set aside.
Make the curry sauce
- In a wok, heat the cooking oil.
- Soften the onion slices with a little salt and pepper over medium heat.
- Add the garlic and ginger. Sprinkle in a bit more salt and pepper. Continue cooking, stirring often, for a minute or two.
- Throw in the carrot and potato cubes, and cook with occasional stirring for a minute.
- Pour in the broth.
- Grate the apple dirctly into the pan and stir.
- Cover the pan and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until both the carrot and potato cubes are cooked through.
- Add the roux, a heaping tablespoonful at a time and stirring after each addition. When all of the roux has been added, simmer curry for another 10 minutes.
- Taste the curry sauce and adjust the seasonings, as needed.
Fry the shrimps
- Shell and devein the shrimps (see detailed instructions). 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 the shrimps and drain on a rack.
Assemble the dish
- Scoop rice into shallow bowls.
- Ladle curry sauce around the rice.
- Arrange fried shrimps on top.
- Garnish with sliced scallions and serve.
While potatoes and carrots are lovely in Japanese chicken curry, I find that they are optional when serving curry sauce with fried meat or seafood. Of course, it’s your choice whether to omit them or not.
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