I sauteed the shrimp in butter and garlic and seasoned it with salt and a bit of freshly ground pepper. Because we have a little girl in the house whose tastebuds have yet to develop tolerance for spicy food, I did not add hot sauce to the entire dish. We just added the hot sauce when the shrimps were already on our respective plates. ;) That way, everyone is happy! Hahaha.
This was actually my second attempt. The first time I whipped up this dish, I didn’t peel the shrimps and the end result left me wondering where all the butter and garlic went. Hee hee! I thought maybe I should have peeled the shrimps first. So that’s what I did the second time around. I peeled and deveined the shrimps, but left the tails. That must have done the trick because this time, there was no missing the buttery and garlicky taste. ;)
Simple yet satisfying. You don’t need a master’s degree to do this. Not even a bachelor’s! :D
Oh, and if I may add another variation to the halabos na hipon which I used marinate and steam in salt and sprite (or 7-up), I have now taken to substituting the soda with honey. And it’s yummy still…if not yummier. ;)