You will need the following ingredients to make this dish for one person (final product will be a very full plate) -- double amounts as you add individuals.
Scallions (3-4 stalks)
Garlic (3-4 small cloves -- less if you use larger cloves)
Red pepper (1/2)
Ginger (about 1/2 a fist)
Soy sauce (4 table spoons)
Sake (8 table spoons)
Tabasco or Sriracha (to taste)
Shrimp (medium or large size, about 1/2 pound or a bit less)
Large pot with lid
Strainer (large enough to fit comfortably in pot)
Step 1: Chop Chop!
The first thing to do is to chop all of the following ingredients finely. Images will show you what sizes you want to get and how to do so.
Lemon (1/2 - save the other half for future steps)
Step 2: Grind Garlic
Using a garlic-grinder, grind the garlic.
Step 3: Clean Shrimp
Quickly rinse your shrimp -- this isn't always necessary if you think you have bought your shrimp somewhere where it has already be done, but I always like to. You never know, after all.
Step 4: Mix Ingredients
Mix all of your ingredients into a big bowl.
Once this is all in the bowl, add in:
1) 4 tablespoons of soy sauce (you can add in more, if you prefer your food on the saltier side)
2) 4 tablespoons of sake
3) Tabasco / Sriracha to taste --> I personally think you should add in just a few drops to give the recipe some kick without making it too spicy. If you really can't handle the spice, you can skip it though! For those that like to sweat when they eat, pour the good stuff in!
4) Lemon juice -- 1/2 a lemon
Mix everything up!
Step 5: Marinate
Cover your bowl with plastic wrap and leave it to marinate for about 2 hours (the longer you do, the stronger the flavors but I do not recommend leaving it longer than four hours -- ginger comes out very sharply if you do).
Step 6: Steam
Once the dish has marinated, you are now ready to cook it.
Take a large pot and fill it two-inches deep with water. Add four tablespoons of sake to the water. Place this on the stove and bring it to a soft boil.
While the water/sake is heating up, remove the mixed ingredients from the bowl and place it in a strainer -- including all the sauce that it was marinating in. Do this with the strainer already placed over the pot so that all extra sauce simply falls into the pot where the water/sake is heating.
Cover the strainer/pot with the lid of the pot (it is OK if there are a few cracks between the lid and the pot - no big deal).
Let steam for about 15 minutes or until shrimp is cooked through -- you can check by removing a shrimp at the 15 minute mark and cutting it open to see if it is white-colored on the inside). If it isn't, let it steam for an extra 5 minutes.
Step 7: Serve & Enjoy!
Place the final product into a plate and enjoy!
You can also remove the lemon slices / some of the ginger if you prefer to not actually eat it. If you are like me, however, you like eating that with the shrimp!
The best thing to serve this with is sticky white rice - or you can also eat it on its own if you are looking for a light and healthy meal!
Bon appetit! :)