Probably one of the simpliest way to enjoy your shrimps. As far as I can recall, I believe that this is the first dish that I learn to cook. I can remember that I need a small chair that I can step on so I can reach the cooking pot on top of our stove.
When I was a kid, my dad use to work in Japan and my Mom has a regular job in the government as a Medical Technologist at the Department of Health. Must be the main reason why I matured so fast at an early age. I already knew how to cook steamed rice manually on stove before I learn this dish.
Traditionally cooked by boiling the fresh shrimps with a little amount of water and salt. But we in Biñan City, Laguna like to cooked it a bit sweeter by boiling the shrimps on sprite/7-up softdrinks. That’s what we call “LUTONG TAGALOG”.
Halabos na Hipon is one of my most favorite seafood dish. I just love the sweet combination of the natural shrimp juice and the sprite/7-up softdrinks in it. We PINOY naturally eat this bare-handed “KAMAYAN”, dip on Garlic Chilli Vinegar Dip and have it with a hot Steamed Rice. For us, that is just HEAVEN!!!
Now on with the cooking…
Halabos na Hipon
Prep. time: 5 minutesnn
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Very Easy
Good for 12 crew
You will need;
2.4 kgs. (med. size) tiger prawns or shrimps, head-on and shell on.
2 cans (330ml./each) sprite or 7-up softdrinks
2 tsp. sea salt to taste
For the dippings; Garlic Chilli Vinegar Dip
6 cloves garlic, crushed
2 pcs. red hot chillies, sliced
1 cup white vinegar, 6% acidity
2 tsp. sea salt
Note to Cooks Onboard: To avoid shortage on the quantity of the frozen shrimps/prawns that you are cooking, always check the label and keep it a habit to calculate on the “NET WEIGHT” for it will be the final weight after the product is totally thawed. A 1-kilo packet of frozen shrimps/prawns will only weight around 500grms. to 800grms. when totally thawed/defrosted.
Always use fresh shrimps/prawn if available. Onboard, frozen shrimps/prawns is the best we got!
On a large cooking pot, pour in all the sprite/7-up softdrinks and bring it to boil on very high heat.
Let it boil without cover until the quantity reduced into half. Add the shrimps/prawns. Lightly stir for a couple of minutes.
Cover the cooking pot and let it cook for around 3 minutes. Season with sea salt. It will have more juice from the shrimps/prawns. Transfer to a serving dish.
For the dippings; Mix all the ingredients of Garlic Chilli Vinegar in a small bowl.
Enjoy your meal !!! 😉
Here’s how I do it;
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