• Prep Time 30 minutes
  • Cook Time 20 minutes
  • Serving For 4 people
  • Difficulty Normal

Recipe Ingredient

  • 1 lb (500 g) fresh bean curd (tofu)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp salt, or to taste
  • 9 oz (250 g) fresh shrimp
  • 5 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp ginger, chopped
  • 2 cups (500 ml) vegetable oil for deep-frying
  • 5 fl oz (150 ml) clear stock
  • 1/2 tsp rice wine
  • 1 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 tsp water
  • 1/2 tsp MSG (optional)


  1. Mash the bean curd and drain off any excess water.
  2. Place in a bowl with 1 egg, 2 1/2 tsp of the salt and 1/4 tsp of the MSG. Mix well. Set aside.
  3. Shell the shrimps and mince them into a pulp. Mix with the sesame oil, the other egg, the remaining 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/4 tsp of the MSG and the ginger.
  4. Spread bean curd on a clear surface. Mold it into small round pieces.
  5. To make the cocoons, take shrimp, and encase it in enough of the bean-curd mixture to make a cylinder about 1 1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch thick (4 cm by 7 mm).
  6. Continue until all the shrimp and bean curd are used.
  7. Heat the oil in a wok to 420oF(220oC), or until a piece of scallion green browns quickly when tossed into the oil and a haze rises vigorously above the surface.
  8. Add the bean curd cocoons a few at a time and deep-fry until brown. Remove and drain well.
  9. Pour the clear stock in a saucepan with the rice wine and the remaining salt and 1/4 tsp MSG. Bring to a boil. Add the cornstarch mixture and cook, stirring, until slightly thickened. Add the bean curd cocoons and stir gently to blend before serving.
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