chinese-style crispy shrimp

Chinese-Style Crispy Shrimp

1 pound fresh or frozen raw shrimp
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon dry white wine
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
Vegetable oil
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Red Sweet and Sour Sauce

Remove shells from shrimp, leaving tails intact. If shrimp are frozen do not thaw; peel under running cold water. Make a shallow cut lengthwise down back of each shrimp and devein. Slit shrimp lengthwise down back almost in half.

Mix egg, the 1 tablespoon cornstarch, the wine, soy sauce and the 1/4 teaspoon salt in glass bowl; stir in shrimp. Cover and refrigerate 10 minutes. Heat oil (1 1/2-inches) in 3 quart saucepan to 375 degrees F.

Mix flour, water, the 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 1 tablespoon oil, baking soda and the 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir shrimp into batter until coated. Fry 5 or 6 shrimp at a time, turning occasionally, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes; drain. Serve hot with Red Sweet and Sour Sauce.

Makes about 20 appetizers.

Red Sweet and Sour Sauce
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup catsup
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon red pepper sauce

Mix all ingredients.