Guys isn’t it amazing how online and Viber communities are thriving and helping farmers, fishermen and other food growers and makers get their products to people’s homes during Quarantine?
Here in Manila we are transitioning from ECQ (Enhanced Community Quarantine) to MECQ (add Moderate to the same acronym) but we are still trying to stay home as much as possible. In fact today was the first time I ever left my condominium building to pick up some stuff that I had bought on Viber.
One of the things that has been our favorite thing to order as a treat are jumbo prawns. We get them from our neighbor Jo, or our building sometimes does a bulk order from Seafood Market Ph.
And we have 2 favorite ways to prepare it:
- Dampa Style Shrimps using Royal True Orange. The recipe is from one of my favorite Chefs to follow for recipes, Mercedes Petite Patisserie. I’ve asked permission from her to share it with you here!
- Prawns with Feta which I will post soon!
WHY DAMPA STYLE?
Coming from Mindanao, I am a bit of a seafood-snob because my Step-mom would literally go to the market every morning for fresh catch of the day. I am quite sensitive to the taste if seafood isn’t fresh.
In the past when we didn’t have much money for places that guaranteed fresh seafood, I would literally just eat seafood, if we had time to go to Dampa because I knew that the seafood was fresh.
The concept of Dampa is this: you go and buy your seafood at the market, and bring it to a restaurant. This way you can choose and see the freshness of the seafood. Our favorite thing was to get steamed crabs and Garlic Butter Shrimp. Below is Mercedes’ delicious version of the latter.
DAMPA GARLIC-BUTTER SHRIMPS
Cooking it with Royal True Orange soda gives it that sweet taste and orange color that Pinoys love. Best enjoyed with lots & lots of steaming hot white rice!
- 3/4 kg big sized shrimps
- 3 heads garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp + 1/3 cup butter, melted
- Orange soda (Royal True Orange or Mirinda)
- 2 tbsp Oyster sauce
- 1 tsp Ginisa mix (Magic sarap, Knorr cube or Ajinomoto)
1. First, wash the shrimp with clean running water.
2. In a bowl, combine butter and orange soda (enough to soak the shrimps).
3. Add the shrimps and marinade for 15 minutes.
4. Place 1/3 cup butter and minced garlic and saute in a frying pan.
5. Add the shrimps but reserve the marinade.
6. Add to marinade: oyster sauce and ginisa mix & whisk.
7. When shrimps turns into orange, put the marinade sauce back and simmer for 10 minutes or till some liquid evaporates.
8. Optional: Once shrimps are cooked you can remove the shrimps and continue to simmer the sauce until it has thickened a little.
9. Serve with lots of steamed rice!