Back in my working days, our sales team would often go out to lunch after Monday morning sales meeting. One of our favorites was a hole-in-the-wall Chinese Restaurant. We always order Walnut Shrimp.
1lb large shrimp (peeled and deveined, with tails removed)
1 cup water
2/3 cup white sugar
½ cup walnuts
4 egg whites
2/3 cup cornstarch
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp canned sweetened condensed milk
1 cup oil (for frying)
In a small sauce pan mix water and sugar. Bring to a boil and add the walnuts. Boil for 2 minutes, drain and place on a baking sheet to dry. Meanwhile, beat egg whites in a medium bowl until foamy. Stir in cornstarch until it becomes somewhat thick. Dip shrimp into the batter. Heat oil in a deep fryer and fry shrimp in batches in oil until golden brown (about 5 minutes). Drain on paper towels. In a serving bowl, mix mayonnaise, honey and sweetened condensed milk. Add shrimp and toss to coat with the sauce. Add walnuts and serve.