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Hong Kong Kailan in Shrimp Roe Powder

Hong Kong Kailan in Shrimp Roe Powder

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When I went to Hong Kong last month, I had a mission to find dried shrimp roe powder (虾子 or “Ha-Zi” in Cantonese) and by very good luck, I found it. Read more about shrimp roe powder here. One of the first dishes I made with this Macau/Hong Kong condiment is this easy Hong Kong kailan (gai-lan) in oyster sauce.

See Also: Hong Kong Shrimp Roe Noodles Recipe

The kailan is briefly blanched in boiling water (less than 2 minutes) and then drizzled in a simple no-cook sauce before sprinkling with some toasted shrimp roe powder. The result looks gourmet and restaurant-quality, but only took me less than 15 minutes to make. I now have a theory that anything coated in this powder will be guaranteed delicious as the dried shrimp roe imparts an incredible salty umami goodness!

Shrimp Roe Powder

Toasted Shrimp Roe Powder

Hong Kong Kailan in Shrimp Roe Powder

Just before serving, sprinkle toasted shrimp roe powder over the vegetables.

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8 Responses to “Hong Kong Kailan in Shrimp Roe Powder”

  1. tigerfish — May 16, 2014 @ 11:50 pm

    What beautiful gloss on your Kailan :) but I don’t think I ever tasted anything with shrimp roe powder on it :( I must be missing out…much.

    So just what does shrimp roe powder taste like? most similar to? I cannot try, so only can imagine leh…


    • wiffy replied: — May 19th, 2014 @ 12:52 pm

      Oh, try it next time you are in Macau or Hong Kong! The shrimp roe tastes salty with a great umami kick (lack of vocabulary here). I think you will like it!


  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes — May 18, 2014 @ 11:34 pm

    I miss kailan! The shrimp roe powder is new to me. I bet it tastes wonderfully delicious.


  3. Ching — May 20, 2014 @ 12:16 am

    Oh Yum, the dried shrimp roe must be very flavorful!


  4. cquek — May 27, 2014 @ 12:52 am

    I love Kailan. Must check out your recipe with shrimp roe, something very new to me.


  5. B — May 27, 2014 @ 7:51 pm

    Authentic and delicious, feels like eating in Hong Kong again.


  6. si — July 14, 2014 @ 11:58 pm

    Where can I buy this in USA?


    • wiffy replied: — July 15th, 2014 @ 5:17 pm

      I’m not sure, perhaps you can check out the Asian grocery shops in Chinatown, or Hong Kong eateries.