If you are a foodie and have a carving for sea food particularly shrimps then definitely try out this flavourful dish featuring grated coconuts and a lot of aromatics on the top of the grilled shrimps.
For palapa preparation-
- Red Thai chillies – 16
- Dried shiitake mushrooms -6
- Fresh shredded coconut – 1
- Vegetable oil – 2 tablespoon
- Chopped scallions – 1 bunch
- Finely chopped garlic – 1 tablespoon
- Finely chopped ginger – 1/2tablespoon
- Sugar 3 tablespoon
- Salt as per taste
For shrimp seasoning-
- Peeled and deveined shrimps -2 lb.
- Olive oil – 2 tablespoon
- Lemon -1
- Salt and pepper for seasoning as per taste
Preparation of palapa:
Grind chillies in a mixer; make sure you do not grind them completely. You can also chop them with hand.
Grind the mushrooms in a food processor to a powder.
Break the coconut, after you have opened it, grate the coconut or shred them with a grater. After you have grated the coconut, heat a pan on a medium flame and you can add 1 tablespoon butter if you want or you can event dry roast the shredded coconut until they turn brownish. Transfer them into a small bowl.
In the same pan heat 1 tablespoon oil and to it add the scallions, garlic and ginger. Keep stirring them constantly so that they do not burn. Cook them for about 3 minutes. Mix in chillies, mushroom powder, roasted coconut, sugar and salt. Cook them all together until golden brown and very fragrant for about 5 minutes.
Grilling the shrimps
Toss the shrimps with 2 cups of palapa in a large bowl. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.
Prepare a grill pan, heat it on a medium heat, place the shrimps on the grill pan subdued in palapa.Place the palapa on the top of the shrimps. Season lightly with pepper and salt. Flip the shrimps on other side and grill them, repeat the same process by pouring the palapa on the top.
Grill the lemon halves, cut side down until charred for about 5 minutes and serve shrimps with lemons on the top.
Get the shrimps from the best seafood exporters, because getting it directly from them will yield your fresh shrimps and an enhanced taste. Bon appetite!