Tired of Chinese Orange Chicken? Then try Chef Luigi Muhlach’s Crispy Shrimp Poppers with Honey Orange Glaze

Published September 16, 2021, 2:34 PM

by John Legaspi

Here’s how you can cook it at home

Mixing fruits with savory is dishes is not new in today’s Filipino culinary scene. There’s papaya in tinola. Adobo is made more flavorful by adding pineapples. A more posh take is the avocado on toasts. Another fruit that is a favorite of many to include in their savory dishes is orange.

Celebrated as a natural immunity booster, oranges are high in vitamin C and contain natural flu-fighting properties that aid in fending off cough and colds. This fruit also helps maintain good blood pressure levels and a healthy heart to boot.

Now, if you only have Chinese Orange Chicken in your cooking-with-orange repertoire, Chef Luigi Muhlach shares his recipe highlighting oranges that will make any mealtime more fun, vibrant, and nutritious.

Chef Luigi’s Crispy Shrimp Popper with Honey Orange Glaze


Honey Orange Sauce:

4 Australian Navel Oranges (juiced)

1kg shrimps (remove head, skin, and tail; cut into 1-inch portions)

50g white onions (minced)

25g butter (unsalted)

¼ cup honey

1 tbsp soy sauce

4 tbsp slurry (a 1 tbsp cornstarch and 4 tbsp water mix)

3 tbsp mayonnaise

Oil for frying


1 cup flour

1 cup cornstarch

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp salt

3 whole eggs (beaten)


Chopped spring onions

White or black sesame seeds


Honey Orange Sauce:

  1. In a hot pan, saute onions and garlic in butter until it softens.
  2. Add the juice of Australian Navel Oranges.
  3. Add honey and soy sauce. Stir and let it simmer for two minutes.
  4. Add slurry and stir until the sauce thickens.
  5. Add mayo and stir again. Remove from fire and set aside.


  1. Mix cornstarch, flour, and all the dry ingredients together.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs.

Frying Procedure:

  1. Heat oil.
  2. Dip sliced shrimp in the egg. Dip in flour.
  3. Fry until golden in color. Repeat until the shrimps have been fried.
  4. Place in a rack with a paper towel.
  5. Place fried shrimp popcorn in a mixing bowl and add in the honey orange sauce. Toss until all the shrimp popcorns are coated with the honey orange sauce.
  6. Garnish with spring onions and sesame seeds and serve.

Watch Chef Luigi in action here.

In trying out their recipes, be sure to use the finest Navel Oranges in the market. One trusted brand you can count on is Taste Australia. Picked fresh from only the highest quality crops, Australian oranges are in peak season until October and Taste Australia strongly encourages consumers to take advantage of this harvest season and indulge in this sweet, delectable, and nutritious fruit.

This season’s pickings are available in Rustan’s Supermarket, Shopwise, Marketplace by Rustan’s, Robinsons Supermarket, and S&R, as well as through e-Commerce partners like AlwaysFresh, Dizon Farms, Baytown’s Produce, and Crate2plate.

Consumers can also view trending recipes, learn helpful tips and tricks, or be involved in the latest conversations by following Taste Australia Philippines on Facebook and @TasteAustraliaPH on Instagram.