Sesame Shrimp Toasts

For the shrimp paste:
6 ounces uncooked shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 large egg white
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper

3 slices day–old white sandwich bread
1 tablespoon black sesame seeds

Vegetable oil for deep-frying


Make the shrimp paste: combine the shrimp, egg white, green onion, cornstarch, rice wine, ginger, salt, sesame oil and pepper in the work bowl of a food processor. Process until the mixture is smooth, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides.

Trim the crusts from the bread. Spread about 1/3 of the shrimp paste over the bread, mounding it slightly in the center. Sprinkle 1/3 of the black sesame seeds over the shrimp paste. With a chefs knife, cut each slice into 4 triangles. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

Pour enough oil into a wok or a highsided frying pan to come to a depth of 2 inches and heat over medium heat to 350 degrees. Slide 3 or 4 toasts, shrimp side down, into the oil. Cook for about 1 minute, turn over and continue cooking until edges are golden brown, about 1 minute longer. Scoop the toasts from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining shrimp toasts. Serve warm.




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