AUTHOR: Julia TITLE: Asian Pears with Salt -n Pepa Shrimp DATE: 2/16/2009 09:20:00 AM ----- BODY:

Asian pears are a cross between apples and pears -- juicy like a pear, but crisp like an apple. The round shape resembles an apple, but the brown skin more closely looks like a bosc pear. And unlike their pear-cousin, the flesh is firm when ripe.

Though they are good eating, I typically use them in a sauce -- for Salt -n Pepa shrimp or with Avocado-Lemongrass Springrolls.



1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tbs. corn starch
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. Sichuan pepper
1/8 tsp. five spice
2 scallions, cut into rounds
2 serranos or Thai chilies, cut into rounds
1 tbs. oil

Toss shrimp in corn starch.

Heat a large sauté pan over a high flame. Add oil. Add shrimp and sauté for 2 minutes, or until they begin to turn pink. Add spring rolls to pan.

Sprinkle in spice mix (you will have extra) and coat shrimp with spice, scallions and chilies.

Asian Pear Sauce

1/4 cup dashi or water
1/4 c. soya,
1 tbs. sugar
1 - 2 Asian pears, cored (no need to peel)
1 tsp. chili paste
1 1/2 tbs. mirin
2 tsp. rice vinegar
zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
2 tsp. sesame oil

Put everything in a blender and puree.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Grace DATE:2/16/2009 12:53:00 PM pears. chile paste. mirin. sounds like a glorious sauce to me! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) DATE:2/16/2009 04:31:00 PM Is Asian pear a tenderizer, or do I have it confused with something else? I've never used it in a sauce, but I'm bookmarking to try this one. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous noble pig DATE:2/16/2009 05:26:00 PM This sounds wonderfully eotic. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Psychgrad DATE:2/17/2009 08:21:00 AM There are a couple ingredients in here I've never tried - dashi, Asian pears, sichuan pepper, mirin. Sounds like a good dish to discover new flavours with. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Anonymous DATE:2/17/2009 09:09:00 PM Hi,
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kscully@directpartners.com ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Julia DATE:2/18/2009 03:37:00 PM Grace, thanks!

Lydia, you're correct. Asian pears can also be used as a meat tenderizer.

Noble, sounds exotic, but tastes delicious.

Psychgrad, definitely some new things. check out [eating club] vancouver for a good recipe for dashi... http://www.eatingclubvancouver.com/2008/11/dashi-three-types.html ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger melissa DATE:2/20/2009 03:33:00 PM PG - You should try all of those, for sure!

Julia, I love Asian pears and I love this shrimp, but never wuold have thought to combine the flavors. Great stuff! ----- --------