Typhoon Shelter Shrimp

If you like shrimp, you’re going to want to try this Typhoon Shelter Shrimp recipe. Crispy panko breadcrumbs are tossed in aromatic shrimp oil, along with fried ginger, garlic and chili. This mixture is then tossed with fragrant fried shrimp.


  • 1 pound large whole, head-on shrimp (450g)
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper powder (plus another ¼ teaspoon, divided)
  • 2 teaspoons Shaoxing wine (divided)
  • 3 – 4 slices ginger (minced, about 10g)
  • 7 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 scallions (chopped)
  • 3 red chilies (chopped)
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs (70g)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (or peanut oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon five spice powder (optional)


  • Trim, de-vein and clean the shrimp as shown in the step-by-step photos. Shake off any excess water and pat them dry thoroughly with a paper towel. Add the shrimp to a bowl and toss with ¼ teaspoon white pepper powder and 1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine. Set aside for 15 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.
  • Mince the ginger and garlic. Chop scallions and chilies. Measure out your panko breadcrumbs.
  • Heat 1 cup of oil in a wok to 300 degrees F. While the oil is heating, pat the shrimp again with a paper towel to ensure they’re dry. Any moisture will cause the hot oil to splatter.
  • When the oil is at temperature, fry the shrimp in two separate batches (this prevents the temperature of oil from dropping too much), for about 15 seconds per batch. Scoop them out and set aside.
  • Reheat the oil to ensure it’s back up to 300 degrees F. Re-fry each batch a second time, 5-10 seconds per batch. Remove the shrimp to a plate and set aside.
  • Turn off the heat, and carefully scoop out some of the oil into a heatproof container, leaving about 1/3 cup oil in the wok. (You can use less oil, but you also need to reduce the panko accordingly.)
  • With the heat on medium low, add the ginger to the oil and cook for 30 seconds. Then add the garlic and chilies, and fry for another 30 seconds before stirring in the panko.
  • Add in the shrimp, salt, sugar, the remaining ¼ teaspoon white pepper, 1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine, and 1/8 teaspoon five spice powder (if using). Also add the scallions.
  • Lightly toss everything together (still using medium low heat), and serve hot.