A Scrumptious Shrimp Dish
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The combination dish of walnuts and shrimp is a relatively easy item to find throughout China. Traditionally, the dish was simply prepared, with plain shrimp, either steamed or fried, mixed with walnuts, mayonnaise and sometimes thick milk. As Chinese cuisine made its way to the U.S. and restaurants began to flourish, however, each eatery began offering its own unique style of the traditional dish.
Henry Liu, owner of New Liu’s Chop Suey, has found his own version of this cultural delight, and loyal patrons have asked him not to change his secret recipe.
“We cook our Honey Glazed Walnut Shrimp differently here. Many of our guests are ready to order it before they even sit down.” says Liu.
“It looks simple, but it is not easy to make. There are many steps — it feels like 10,000 — but in the end, the taste is just right. The walnut and the shrimp get along so well together.”
One of Liu’s secrets is the use of batter before cooking the shrimp.
“The quality of the shrimp goes well with the batter because the flavor of the shrimp is inside. But if you cook the shrimp without the batter, the flavor almost escapes from the dish,” says Liu.
Liu credits his patrons with helping him perfect the dish.
“I learn from our loyal guests, and the way they like it. I love making our guests happy,” he says.
New Liu’s Honey Glazed Walnut Shrimp ($9.95) is served with char siu fried rice. In addition, the restaurant offers more than 30 traditional Chinese dishes for lunch or dinner, all for $4.75.
New Liu’s Chop Suey
- Kamehameha Shopping Center
- 1620 North School Street
- Honolulu, HI 96817
- (808) 841-8668
- Open daily
- 10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.