Ebi Chili エビチリ (Chili Shrimp)

If you been following us, you know for sure that we love Japanese foods. If you just scroll down on our homepage, you will definitely see a lot of Japanese cuisine recipe that shared by us. You might wonder why we love it so much? The answer is rather simple. they are simple to make and taste bloody good. However, besides from Japanese cuisine, have you ever heard of Chuka Ryori? You are in luck my friend, because the dish that we are about to share is one of the famous chuka ryori in Japan.

Chuka ryori is 中華料理 in Kanji. It literally means Chinese cuisine. However, chuka ryori in Japan is referring to Japanese Chinese cuisine. Or you can say it is Japanese takes on Chinese cuisine. It might sound like a bad idea since they are not authentic enough. But, some of the famous Japanese food that we knew and loved are chuka ryori. Take ramen or gyoza for instance.

In spite of that, today we are not going to talk about ramen or gyoza. We are going to talk about a simple chuka ryori dish that we tried and loved while visiting Yokohama China Town early of this year. The dish that no many people might have heard of. It is ebi chili.

What is Ebi Chili?

Ebi chili is a simple stir-fried shrimp with sweet and spicy sauce.

How it tastes?

If I am being honest with you, it is not spicy at all. The one that we had in Yokohama was more sweet than spicy. Crap~ even our local sweet-sour crabs are spicier! If you are going into this dish with our local sambal shrimp in mind, you will be hugely disappointed. To appreciate this dish, you have to tell yourself this is a sweet shrimp with a tiny little hint level of spice to it.

In short, it is sweet, savoury, and slight spicy. It goes super well with rice and we think kids will love it! I mean Malaysia kids, since we Malaysians’ spicy level is super high even when we are young.

How to make?

After the missus and I tried ebi chili in Yokohama, we instantly fell in love with it. We knew it is a simple dish to make and thus we did our research and study on this dish. After a few trials, we finally managed to get it right.

To make a decent ebi chili, you only need 2 major ingredients, they are shrimps and the sauce. The shrimps are nothing uncommon. As for the sauce, it can be easily make with mixture of fermented spicy bean paste, ketchup, chicken stock, mirin, sesame oil, sugar and some starch.

Once we have both the shrimps and sauce sorted out, the rest is just simple stir-frying and you will be readied in no time.

If you are interested to try ebi chili, you can make one by following our simple recipe below. If you don’t wish to cook but interested to try chuka ryori, there are few restaurants in Kuala Lumpur selling authentic chuka ryori. You just have to search~

Ebi Chili

Stir-fried shrimps in sweet and spicy sauce.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Japanese, Japanese chinese cuisine
Servings 2 persons


  • Pan


  • 200-250 g Shrimps (de-shelled)
  • A bit of salt and pepper (to marinate the shrimps)
  • 1 inch Ginger (finely chopped)
  • 2 clove Garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 Spring onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp Starch (dilute with a bit of water)


  • 2 tsp Fermented spicy bean paste (辣豆漿)
  • 2 tbsp Ketchup (or chili sauce if you want extra hot)
  • 1 tbsp Mirin (or sake)
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Sesame oil



  • Marinate the de-shelled shrimps with a bit of salt and pepper. Let it sit in fridge for about half an hour.
  • Prepare the sauce by mixing fermented spicy bean paste, ketchup, mirin, sugar, and sesame oil in a bowl. Mix it well.


  • Heat about 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in a pan on medium high heat. Then add the shrimps in. Fry it until they are slightly golden brown then set it aside.
  • In the same pan, fry the garlic and ginger until fragrant on medium high heat.
  • Add the sauce in and continue to cook it for about a minute.
  • Add the chicken stock in and mix it well. Let it boil and switch the heat to medium low.
  • Add the shrimps in and stir fry it a little.
  • Dilute the starch with a bit of water and add it in. Mix it well to thicken.
  • Sprinkle the spring onion in, give it a few tosses, and serve!
Keyword chili shrimp, ebi chili, エビチリ

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