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Flash fried Garlic Prawns Recipe

Flash fried Garlic Prawns Recipe

Flash fried Garlic Prawns Recipe

The prawns in this dish are fried complete with shells and heads—a traditional Chinese cooking method which not only preserves the natural flavor of the prawns, but also locks in the nutritional factors in the juices. The blend of flavors here is a typically northern Chinese combination, with the accent on garlic.

Ingredients :

    • 20 large fresh prawns (about 750 g/ 11/2 lbs), shells and heads intact
    • 4 tablespoons oil
    • 6 cloves garlic, smashed with flat side of cleaver
    • 3 slices ginger, smashed with handle of knife
    • 2 spring onions, cut into 5-cm (2-in) sections
    • 1 tablespoon rice wine
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/2 cup (125 ml) water

Method :

    1. Wash the prawns and set aside in a bowl.
    2. Heat the oil in a wok until smoking hot, then add the prawns and stir-fry for 3 minutes until they change color. Remove with a slotted spoon, reserving the oil in the wok. Set the prawns aside on a plate.
    3. Fry the garlic, ginger and spring onions in the reserved oil for 2–3 minutes to release flavor and aroma into the oil, then remove them with a slotted spoon and discard. Put the prawns back into the hot spicy oil, add the wine, salt and pepper, then add the water and stir-fry until most of the water has evaporated, about 2–3 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter and serve immediately.

Chopped coriander leaves may be used as a garnish. For a more aromatic pungent flavor, ground Sichuan peppercorns may be used instead of black pepper.

Serves 4–6
Preparation time : 20 mins
Cooking time : 10 mins