Lunchbreak: Spotted Monkey chef Amy Le makes guajillo shrimp bacos with corn salsa

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Amy Le

Spotted Monkey
335 S. Franklin Street
Chicago
(312) 285-2303
www.spottedmonkeyeatery.com

Guajillo Shrimp Bacos with Corn Salsa

Guajillo Chili Sauce

6 dried guajillo peppers stemmed, seeded, torn into pieces*
4 dried pasilla peppers stemmed, seeded, torn into pieces*
3 dried chilies stemmed, seeded, torn into pieces
4 large tomatoes, quartered cut
5 garlic cloves, peeled  (one clove chopped)
half onion, chopped
1 green onion stalk, finely chopped
7 cups of hot water
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic salt + a pinch extra
1/2 teaspoon of Mexican oregano
pinch of black pepper
2 teaspoons of salt
2 teaspoons of vegetable oil
18 uncooked shrimp
6 bao

Corn Salsa

fresh or unsalted canned corn (1 can)
3 Tablespoons of mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon of  cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt
1 lime
handful of cilantro, chopped

Directions:
Boil 5 cups of hot water. Add all the dried peppers, quarter cut tomatoes, 4 whole garlic cloves and chopped onion in the pot. Cook for 20 minutes. Take pot off the stove and let water cool for 5-10 minutes. Pour the ingredients with the liquid into a blender. Liquefy the ingredients until smooth. Add vegetable oil into pan and heat. Then pour the sauce into the pan to cook. Stir to thicken. Add a pinch of granulated garlic salt, Mexican oregano, black pepper and salt into the sauce for seasoning. In a separate pan add oil, 1 chopped garlic clove, chopped green onions and sauté uncooked shrimp. Add a spoonful of the sauce to the cooked shrimp. Set cooked shrimp aside.
In a separate bowl add corn, 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 3 Tablespoons of mayo, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt, and chopped cilantro.  Squeeze cut lime into the ingredients and mix together. Add two cups of water into the bao steamer*.  Spray some non-stick cooking spray or rub oil onto the metal sheet. Place baos on the sheet, cover the lid and let steam for 2 minutes or until soft and fluffy. Remove from the steamer and let it cool for 30 seconds. Place three shrimp in bao and top it with the corn salsa.

*Guajillo and pasilla chili peppers are available at Cermak Produce and you can find them at many stores including Whole Foods.

*Any kind of steamer can be used. If you don’t have a steamer, they can be microwaved in a plastic bag.

* Asian baos can be found at any Asian supermarket (H-Mart in the suburbs). All the China Town grocery stores usually have them as well.