Christmas Eve is very important in the Philippines. Many people stay awake all night into Christmas day. During Christmas Eve evening, Christians go to church to hear the last ‘simbang gabi’ or the Christmas Eve mass. This is followed by a midnight feast, called Noche Buena.
The Noche Buena is a big, open house, celebration with family, friends and neighbors dropping in to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Most households would have several dishes laid out and would normally include: lechon (roasted pig), ham, fruit salad, rice cakes (bibingka and puto bumbong are traditional Christmas foods) and other sweets, steamed rice, and many different types of drinks.
Watch this video below and learn how to make this Camaron rebosado recipe that you can also try for Christmas.
Yield: 4 Servings
1 pound (16 to 20 pieces) large shrimp
1 tablespoon lemon or calamansi juice
¼ teaspoon pepper
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
¼ cup ice cold water
½ cup flour
½ cup corn starch
1. Peel shrimps leaving the tail sections intact. Using a knife, make a shallow incision down the back of each shrimp. Pull out intestinal tract and discard. In a small bowl, combine shrimp, lemon juice, pepper and ½ teaspoon of the salt. Marinate in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together water and egg. Add flour, cornstarch and the remaining 1 teaspoon of the salt. Whisk together into a smooth batter.
3. In a large pan over medium heat, heat about 2 inches oil.
Drain shrimps from marinade. Holding by the tail, dip shrimps one at a time in batter to fully coat. Drop into the hot oil and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until golden and crisp. Cook in batches as needed. With a slotted spoon, remove from pan and drain on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Serve immediately with sweet and sour sauce or banana ketchup.
The oil is hot enough and ready for frying when a cube of bread tossed in browns in 1 minute.
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