Saturday, February 4, 2012

Shrimp Fried Rice with Fiery Lime Sauce

Shrimp Fried Rice with Fiery Lime Sauce - Recipe Courtesy of Johnny Mango World Cafe & Bar in Cleveland, OH - Photo by Taste As You Go
Shrimp Fried Rice with Fiery Lime Sauce

Here's a little-known fact about me: I lived in Cleveland for three years. In July 2003, I left my New England roots (and steady job) and made the 10-hour drive to Ohio to begin my new life as a graduate student. Prior to that, I had only been to Cleveland one other time -- to search for and sign the lease on my very first apartment.



Shrimp Fried Rice - Recipe Courtesy of Johnny Mango World Cafe & Bar in Cleveland, OH - Photo by Taste As You Go
Shrimp Fried Rice with Fiery Lime Sauce

It was on that first trip to Cleveland that I was introduced to what eventually became one of my favorite restaurants in the city -- Johnny Mango World Cafe & Bar in the historic neighborhood of Ohio City. Being the kind of person who likes to prepare (you're shocked, right?), I had arranged to meet one of my sorority sisters who just happened to have an apartment to rent. Katie and I discussed the apartment over lunch at Johnny Mango's and my love affair with their food started.

Shrimp Fried Rice - Recipe Courtesy of Johnny Mango World Cafe & Bar in Cleveland, OH - Photo by Taste As You Go
Shrimp Fried Rice with Fiery Lime Sauce

Their Shrimp Fried Rice with Fiery Lime Sauce ($9.95) quickly became a regular order for me. The slight sweetness of the rice, the plumpness of the shrimp (which was always cooked perfectly, never tough or dry), the crisp freshness of the tomatoes and cucumbers, and the tangy heat of the lime sauce -- this dish had it all.

Fiery Lime Sauce - Recipe Courtesy of Johnny Mango World Cafe & Bar in Cleveland, OH - Photo by Taste As You Go
Fiery Lime Sauce

I was obsessed with this dish, so it didn't surprise me that I started craving it only weeks after moving from Cleveland to New York. Not knowing if I'd ever return to Cleveland, I thought I'd never know the pleasure of eating their fried rice again. Thankfully, a trip out for my friend Amy's wedding a couple of years later allowed me to reunite with the restaurant and its amazing food. In fact... after driving for hours, I insisted that Stephen and I go straight to Johnny Mango's, even before checking into our hotel!

Shrimp Fried Rice - Recipe Courtesy of Johnny Mango World Cafe & Bar in Cleveland, OH - Photo by Taste As You Go
Shrimp Fried Rice with Fiery Lime Sauce

And... Oh, God... It tasted so good. Just like I remembered it.

So, you must be wondering how I managed to get the recipe for this Shrimp Fried Rice with Fiery Lime Sauce. Through the power of Twitter, my friends.

Someone requested restaurant recommendations in Cleveland, and, naturally, I suggested Johnny Mango's. Word got back to the person moderating the restaurant's Twitter account (@JMangoWorldCafe), and, eventually, we started talking about how much I missed their food. I mentioned that I had emailed the restaurant to request a copy of the recipe but had never received a response. In no time, I had a message in my Inbox with exactly what I was looking for!

I made the Shrimp Fried Rice with Fiery Lime Sauce for dinner earlier this week, with some slight modifications, and, once again, I was reunited with the dish I love so much. Now, whenever I have a craving for it, I can just make it at home!

BONUS.

Better yet, now you can make it at home, too. The restaurant gave me permission to share the recipe with all of you, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Is there a dish you've had in a restaurant that you wish you could make in your own kitchen?

Shrimp Fried Rice with Fiery Lime Sauce - Serves 2-4
Printable Recipe

INGREDIENTS

For the rice
  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • 2 3/4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 6 ounces shrimp (large 31-40 count)
  • 1/3 cup scallions, sliced
  • 1 cup English cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup tomatoes, seeded and diced

For the wok oil
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

For the stir sauce
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

For the Fiery Lime Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeno, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed

INSTRUCTIONS

Begin the rice
  1. Place the jasmine rice, water, vegetable oil, and salt in a medium pan over high heat. Bring to a boil.

  2. Once the water has come to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and cover. Continue to cook the rice until the liquid is gone and steam vent holes have formed at the surface of the rice.

  3. Once the rice is cooked, remove the rice from the pot and spread it over a large baking sheet to cool and prepare the wok oil.

For the wok oil
  1. Place the vegetable and sesame oils in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Set aside and prepare the stir sauce.

For the stir sauce
  1. Place the fish sauce and sugar in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Set aside and finish the rice.

Finish the rice
  1. Place a large skillet over high heat. Add the work oil and heat until just smoking.
  2. Add the beaten eggs to the oil, creating an egg "pool".

  3. Add the garlic on top of the eggs. This will prevent the garlic from burning. With a spoon, lift and stir the egg mixture to break up the eggs.
  4. Add the cooked rice and continue to stir-fry until the rice begins to take on a light brown color.
  5. Sprinkle the stir sauce onto the rice. Continue to lift and stir the rice with the spoon, being careful not to let it burn on the bottom of the pan.
  6. Add the shrimp. Continue to cook until the shrimp are pink and cooked through, about 6-8 minutes.
  7. Just before serving, add the scallions to the rice and stir. Pull the pan off the heat and cover while you prepare the fiery lime sauce.

For the Fiery Lime Sauce
  1. Place the jalapeno, lime juice, and fish sauce in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Place the ingredients in mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Continue onto plating the rice.

To plate
  1. Place the rice and shrimp on a large serving platter (or plate on regular dinner plates). Top with the diced cucumbers and tomatoes. Serve with the Fiery Lime Sauce on the side.

Recipe courtesy of Johnny Mango World Cafe & Bar in Cleveland, OH

3120 Bridge Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 575-1919

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