Foodie Friday: Honey Walnut Shrimp

honey walnut shrimp

Honey walnut shrimp: battered shrimp with candied walnuts, served with a creamy sauce

Confession: I’m Americanized. Honey walnut shrimp is not by any means traditional Chinese fare. In fact, I was introduced to this dish in high school through a Caucasian friend. Nevertheless, I still love the contrast of tender shrimp with crunchy walnuts. I’m a big fan of nuts in general, so this dish satisfies my cravings. I actually like the nuts/meat combo in other forms, too, like cashew chicken.

What’s your favorite Chinese-American food?


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  1. Come to think of it, maybe all I have eaten is Chinese-American food and Filipino versions of Chinese food. I can’t think of an instance in which someone told me, “This is authentic Chinese cooking.”

    But when I go to a Chinese restaurant, honey walnut chicken will be one of the orders. If I had my choice, also on the table will be sweet and sour pork, chow mein, won ton soup, fried rice orange or pineapple chicken, broccoli beef.

    Did I just list the menu of Panda Express? Yikes!

    Now I’m hungry. Thanks, Jennifer. :-)

    • jenniferjchow says

      Amy, I think you did list the Panda Express menu just now! But confession #2: I’m actually a sucker for their orange chicken & beef/broccoli.

  2. Unfortunately I eat Chinese cuisine in the States so I’m sure it’s quite the same. But I love Dim Sum best. There is a place in San Francisco, which I love. They serve Dim Sum on weekends and I also go when I’m in the city. My kids love it, too. I find Dim Sum light, various and fresh. It’s also great food to share. The kids love the small carts since you can only point at what you like and get it right on your plate.
    Otherwise I alslo LOVE anything with nuts!

    • jenniferjchow says

      Dim sum’s my favorite! Nowadays, you can order off the menu and get things piping hot. There’s still something about the bustling carts that I like, though.

  3. Yup, I’m pretty sure I’ve never had authentic Chinese cuisine, either. The closest I’ve gotten is a slightly Americanized Dim Sum. Which I love! I also love Honey Shrimp :)

    • jenniferjchow says

      Americanized food is good, too, but I still enjoy the variety of fresh greens and things like steamed fish in authentic Chinese cuisine.

  4. “Lucky we live Hawaii,” as the saying goes. My favorite Chinese is a block away from my place, My favorite dish is their Oyster Chicken with Fishcake Noodles. I think it is listed as $9.50 on the menu, but she always gives me change that would make it the equivalent of $6.50. Neighborhood discount? I always tip her $2 anyway. And she always packs me up with some extra sauce on the side. Their oyster sauce must be home made because the only thing that I’ve had that remotely compares I had when I was in Taipei. I could never attempt to make this dish myself. And I certainly couldn’t do it as cheaply. A layer of fishcake noodles in a block,that is moist and tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, topped with about a half a pound of lightly steamed choi sum, a half of a poulet, that is, like the noodles, tender on the inside and crispy on the out, all drizzled in oyster sauce. The juices from the chicken and the choi sum co-mingle with that light oyster sauce to make heaven in my mouth. And no, I can’t eat that in one go. I end up putting on a pot of rice at home, ordering the dish for take-out, and then dividing it in thirds back home. Recap: $6.50 + $2 tip+$0.50 rice= $9.00 for three meals of wonderfulness. That’s why I laugh when people ask me, “How can you afford to live in Hawaii.” Very cheaply and very well, thank you.

    • jenniferjchow says

      I don’t think I’ve tried fishcake noodles before. The food sounds delicious at your local restaurant, and it sounds like the owner’s quite nice as well. Another good reason to visit Hawaii! :)

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