The Chinese name for this dish is Yuan Yang Shrimp. Pairs of mandarin ducks are also know as yan yang, or love birds, because they are always seen together. The often symbolize affection and happiness. This dish is usually part of banquet.
1 pound shrimp uncooked
1 pinch salt
1⁄2 egg white
1 Tablespoon cornstarch, mixed with water to make paste
6 ounces snow peas
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
1 Tablespoon scallions, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ginger, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon light soy sauce
1 Tablespoon dry sherry , or Chinese rice wine
1 teaspoon hot bean sauce
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
Peel and devein the shrimp and mix with the pinch of salt, the egg white and the cornstarch past.
Top and tail the snow peas.
Heat about 2 to 3 tablespoon of the oil in a preheated wok and stir fry the snow peas for about 1 minute and then add the salt and sugar and continue stirring for another minute, remove and place in the center of a serving platter.
Heat the remaining oil, par cook the shrimp for 1 minute and then remove and drain.
Pour off the excess oil, leaving about 1 tablespoon in the wok and add the spring onion and ginger to flour the oil.
Add the shrimp and stir-fry for about 1 minutes, then add the soy sauce and wine or sherry and blend well and place about half of shrimp at one end of the platter.
Add the hot bean sauce and tomato paste to the remaining shrimp in the wok and blend well and then place the red shrimp and the other end of the platter and serve.