In a medium heavy saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic, ginger, and red pepper and saute, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add the white wine and reduce by about 1/3. Add the chicken stock cornstarch mixture and continue cooking, stirring all the time, until thickened. Add the soy sauce, pepper, and black beans and reduce the heat to low. Cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thick and chunky.
While the beans are cooking, fill a large saucepan halfway up with lightly salted water. Bring it to a boil over high heat and add the shrimp. Bring back to the boil and cook for 5 minutes, then drain well. Immediately spoon a layer of the black bean mixture onto each of 6 heated plates. Scatter the shrimp over the beans and top with a generous mound of spring onions and sprigs of cilantro.
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