The bear can’t eat shrimp, so I had to wait for an opportunity without him to make this. I went to my friend J’s house to enjoy this treat.
The unfortunate truth is that we couldn’t find any fresh ginger at the super market the night I made this. I had to use the jarred grated kind. As a result, I do think the dish suffered a bit. The ginger flavor was really subtle, (I was the only one who was able to discern it, the other two people eating just tasted shrimp, bacon and soy sauce – which also wasn’t bad). I like my ginger to have a nice sharp kick so I was a bit sad at how that turned out.
I also want to point out that the bacon strips should really be quartered. I did a few pieces with the full half strip and the bacon was too thick to actually crisp up in the oven. I did the rest with the quarter strip and the outcome was much more satisfying.
Another addition that I think would be awesome would be grilling these instead of baking them. They were laying in a rather big puddle of bacon grease when they came out of the oven so I think either baking them on a rack or grilling them so the grease can drip off would be a bit tastier.
With all that being said, it really was yummy! I served it with salad greens to make it into more of a meal. Make these! But make them with fresh ginger as suggested!!!