Shrimp with Black Beans, Broccoli, and Cellophane Noodles
1 pound medium raw shrimp in the shell
1 halved onion for the shrimp broth
1 package of cellophane noodles
2 tablespoons fermented black beans
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons peanut oil
1/2 red and 1/2 green bell peppers cut into a fine dice
2 stalks of celery cut on the diagonal into 1/2” pieces
4 green onions, cut on the diagonal into 1/2” pieces
1 carrot, cut into julienne strips (a mandoline does this best)
Approximately a 1” piece of fresh ginger, grated (a Surabachi set does this well)
1 garlic clove, chopped
8 small broccoli florets (less if larger)
1/2 teaspoon (or to taste) red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
Rinse shrimp and peel.
Refrigerate shrimp, covered, and place the shells into the Wok with approximately 3 cups of water.
Toss in a few celery leaves and the halved onion.
Bring to a boil and reduce the liquid to about 1 cup.
Strain and reserve the shrimp broth. Discard the shells.
Add the cellophane noodles to a bowl of warm water and soak for approximately 25 minutes.
Drain and add hot water to the noodles a few minutes before serving.
Rinse the 2 tablespoons of the fermented black beans in a strainer.
Add 3 tablespoons of the cooled broth to 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and stir until smooth.
Whisk in the cornstarch mixture into the remaining broth.
Remove shrimp from the refrigerator. Have all the remaining vegetables and ingredients cut and at the ready! Drain the noodles and quickly cut in 3” to 4” lengths with scissors and place on a warm platter.
Heat the Wok on medium heat for approximately 3 minutes.
Add the oil and heat for 1 minute more.
Add the peppers, the celery, the green onions, the julienne of carrot, the ginger, and the garlic and stir fry for 1 minute.
Add the broccoli florets, the black beans, and the reduced broth.
Stir well, cover and cook for 2 minutes more.
Add the shrimp, tossing and stirring well.
Cover and cook for 2 minutes, uncovering and stirring once or twice.
Stir in the red pepper flakes and the sesame oil.
Top the platter of drained noodles with the stir fry and serve immediately.