Dried Small Shrimps with Chinese Leek

When it is still cold in early spring, Chinese leek can be put in dish. Leek, called the meat among vegetables, is mild in nature and can tonify kidney and the Yang. The climate in spring varies a lot, so I suggest you all eat more Chinese leek in this season to relieve the coldness. Besides, the strong liver Qi of human body in spring affects the digestion and absorption of spleen and stomach, and eating more leeks can strengthen the Qi in spleen and stomach and benefit the functions of the liver, according to Chinese Traditional Medicine.

Dried Small Shrimps with Chinese Leek

The dried small shrimps are high in nutrition. In every 100 grams of dried small shrimps, 39.3 grams of protein is contained, much higher than in aquatic products such as eel, prawn, trichiurus haumela, silvery pomfret, and meat products such as beef, pork and chicken. Another feature of the dried small shrimps is the large number and abundant categories of mineral substances. Besides the iodine which is rarely seen in terrestrial organism and freshwater organisms, the iron, calcium and phosphoric are also very rich, about 991 milligrams of calcium and 582 milligrams of iodine in 100 grams of dried small shrimps respectively. Therefore, the dried small shrimps have always been called the calcium store. Another important nutritious substance found in dried small shrimps is astaxanthin, which is the best antioxidant discovered so far, also referred to as super vitamin E.

Difficulty: assistant (intermediate)
Cooking time: about 10 minutes.
Ingredients: 120g leek; 50g dried small shrimps
Seasonings: 2tbsp of colza oil; 1tbsp of salt

Directions:

1. Pick off the old leaves of the leek and soak in the clean water for some moments. Then clean, and drain the water off. Cut the clean leek into sections.

Dried Small Shrimps with Chinese LeekDried Small Shrimps with Chinese Leek

 
2. Soak the dried small shrimps in clean water, remove the dust and impurities. Drain the water off the soaked dried small shrimps.

Dried Small Shrimps with Chinese LeekDried Small Shrimps with Chinese Leek

 
3. Put a wok above the fire, heat it on strong heat and add 2tbsp of colza oil. When the colza oil is hot, add dried small shrimps and fry.

Dried Small Shrimps with Chinese LeekDried Small Shrimps with Chinese Leek

 
4. When the dried small shrimps are fried, add the leek sections. Add 1tbsp of salt. Stir fry the leek and the dried small shrimps evenly. You don’t need to add the chicken powder, since the dried small shrimps and leek are all fresh and delicious. Turn off the heat and take out the dish.

Dried Small Shrimps with Chinese LeekDried Small Shrimps with Chinese Leek

 
Cooking tips: the leek is more easily cleaned if soaked in rice-washing water.

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