I have osteoporosis and am seeing a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctor for herbs and acupuncture. After my first six months with herbs, my DXA scan was much improved, although still osteoporosis. A year later, I had another DXA scan, but my numbers didn’t improve as much, and I was hoping to get out of the osteoporosis range on all my DXA numbers. I had been consuming at least one cup of bone broth daily. However, my TCM doctor said it would be best if I would consume fish stock, or dried tiny shrimp with the shell on. Below is the recipe he recommended I prepare often. You’ll notice the original recipe, which I credit at the end of my recipe, is a stir fry; however, my TCM doctor said for me, it would be best if the shrimp was boiled.
Dried Baby Shrimp with Shell and Daikon Radish
- 1 large MEC clay pot Clay is best, but other cookware will work
- 1/2 lb Dried baby shrimp with shell on found in the refrigerator sections of many Asian stores
- 1 handful Seaweed, optional small cut pieces
- 3-4 heads Garlic finely chopped
- 1/2 Red chili pepper adjust according to your level of spice tolerance
- 2 lbs Daikon radish peel and cut into strips for later
- 1 inch Ginger, grated or cut in very fine slices
- 1 teaspoon Sesame oil can substitute your favorite cooking oil
- 2-4 whole Green onions chop two into small pieces
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- Ingredients: (approximately $6) 1) Prawn rice 1.5 ounces, soak soft with a toothpick scrape off the intestines, wash clean and absorb dry water for later 2) About 2 pounds of white radish, peel and cut into strips for later 3) Cut 3 or 4 slices of ginger into strips, 3 or 4 garlic heads and chop them, cut six or seven dried red peppers into small pieces, and chop two green onions into small pieces Directions: Bring water to a boil in a pot, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, add the chopped radish and blanch for a minute or two. Stir-fry 2 tablespoons of oil on high heat, stir-fry for 1 minute with shredded ginger for 40 seconds, add dried red pepper and garlic and stir-fry for 30 seconds, add shredded turnips and stir-fry for 2 minutes, add salt and chicken powder 1/2 teaspoon each, stir-fry evenly for 1 minute with sugar, sprinkle with green onion. Shrimp and rice stir-fried radish, simple material, unique flavor, under the wine and rice
- Add ginger and garlic to pot, saute for about 5 minutes
- Rinse shrimp well, and add to pot
If you’re learning about dried baby shrimp, I found Singaporean and Malaysian Recipes helpful. It explains how to purchase and store dried baby shrimp and also includes recipes. Another favorite website for recipes is Kimchimari. I like how I can browse by ingredient type, I just select “seafood”.