Prawn again

I had some prawns left over from last night and couldn’t really think of what to make.. but then I decided to experiment and came up with this sweet chilli prawn dish. This was quite an easy recipe as I had most of the ingredients already in my pantry. To add an extra layer of texture, I battered and fried the prawns first before coating it in the tangy sweet chilli sauce mmm.. the texture is actually not unlike that of buffalo wings 😀

Those square things are pieces of fried tofu. They are really good in soaking up all the sweet chilli sauce. I actually didn’t want to add any cucumber pieces, but my mum had some left over and didn’t want to waste it so she scattered them everywhere. However, they do add a bit of crunch and ‘greenness’ to the dish

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So here’s the recipe

Ingredients

For frying the prawns

  • 12 prawns deshelled and slit slightly down the back
  • 2-3 tbsp self raising flour
  • 1-2 tbsp oil (i used olive)
  • 1-2 tbsp water
  • pinch pepper
  • 1-1.5 tbsp cornflour
  • 4 tbsp of oil

Sauce

  • Minced 1 tbsp of garlic and 0.5 tbsp of ginger
  • 1-2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce, I used the amoy brand
  • 3/4 tbsp of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water or chicken stock
  • pinch of salt
  • pepper
  • 1 green onion chopped up
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1-2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp corn flour
  • 1tbsp water

Steps

  1. Mix self raising flour with 1-2 tbsp of oil until it is paste-like. Then add in the 1-2 tbsp of water until you get a light batter that is not too viscous but also not too watery.. hmm almost like pancake batter
  2. Add in a pinch of pepper then the prawns mixing them so they all get an even coating.
  3. Add the 1-1.5 tbsp of cornflour and mix lightly. Just make sure there’s no clumps
  4. Heat oil in a pan on medium heat and then add in the prawns. Even though the prawns aren’t deep fried, shallow frying them will suffice to provide a satisfying crispy layer. Turn the prawns regularly until the batter is crisp and the prawns are pinkish white. It took me around 1-2 minutes. Do not overcook!!! take them out once they’re done
  5. If there’s too much oil in the pan, pour some out, we only want around 2 tbsp left
  6. Add in the garlic and ginger to the pan (on medium heat)
  7. Fry for a bit, but don’t burn it
  8. Add in chicken stock and let it come to a boil
  9. Add in sweet chilli sauce, tomato, soy and oyster sauce. Mix them around
  10. Let it come to a gentle simmer/boil again.
  11. Taste and add in salt, sugar, pepper if needed
  12. Mix cornflour with water and pour into sauce whilst mixing
  13. Once it is thickened, add prawns back into sauce and add in green onions as well.
  14. Make sure the prawns are coated in the sauce
  15. Serve and enjoy!

Note: if you want to add tofu pieces, add them whilst making the sauce

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