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Monday, February 7, 2011

Crispy Fried Prawn

                  Many of us cannot say enuf about prawns especially fried crispy prawns.  When they are fried, they not only smell glorious but they taste good too especially if they are crispy :)

                             Crispy Fried Prawns

                  600 gm             Medium size prawns

                    A few tricks I learnt from the Chef:-  1.  After removing the shell, make 3 slight slits on the underside of the prawns.  This "allow" the prawns to be straight when frying and allows the prawn to appear longer. 2.  Retain the shells you can make a great stock with some Miropiox for a Seafood Chowder, Seafood Bisque Pasta.  3.  Lastly but certainly not the least, when you want to fry something "prawny" eg some veg, you can fry the shells with the oil to enhance the aroma and taste of your mixed vegetables.

             Remove the shell & the head of the prawns but do retain the tails as they add a bit more glamour when you are serving your food for the family, almost like eating at a restaurant.  Make a small slit from one end of the prawn to the other, remove the dirt along the slit. Wash & dry them well.  Then make 3 small slits on the underside of the prawns.  Place the prawns in a bowl. Put the following in a bowl:-


                 1 teasp          Salt
                 1/4 teasp       Ajinomoto, opt
                 1/2 teasp       Castor Sugar
                 1/4 teasp        Ground White Pepper
                 1/2 Tabsp       Egg White [whisk this till foamy]
                 1 Tabsp          Corn Flour, sieved

               mix this seasoning well & marinade with the prawns.  Then add in 1/2 Tabsp Peanut Oil, mix it well, cling film & refrigerate for 15 minutes.


                 180 gm            Self Raising Flour                     ]
                 120 gm            Rice Flour                                ]  sieve these
                     2 teasp         Double Action Baking Powder ]  3 together

                 300 ml              Water
                     2 Tabsp         Oil

              Method for Batter
  1. Put the sieved flour mixture in a big bowl.  Sprinkle the salt to this mixture, using a whisk stir same so that the salt is well incorporated in the mixture.
  2. Add in the water gradually & using the whisk stir it well short while till you have a smooth batter.
  3. Add in the oil & stir it short while.
  4. Heat oil in wok.  Before dipping the prawn in the batter, give it a small stir, dip the prawns into the batter and then deep fry till prawns are golden brown & crispy.
  5. Remove from fire & place on paper kitchen towels.
                Enjoy with some homemade chilli sauce.  Look at my Prawn Fritters recipe for same. Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia

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