If you have read my previous post, you would know I was awfully late for Christmas, so I promised myself I must have something up for the Chinese Lunar New Year before it arrives. The Chinese have this tradition of ushering in the new year with lots of auspicious sounding dishes especially during our reunion dinner. These dishes come mostly with an ingredient that has an auspicious sounding name. Prawns is one of them, it's Cantonese name "Ha" sounds like HAHAHAHA...when one is happy and in laughter or what we also know as LOL in the modern lingo today :)
Source : Amy Beh, Kuali.com
- 500g medium large prawns with shell
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- Oil for deep-frying
- 1 tbsp chopped cili padi
- 1 orange, shred rind finely
- 1 tbsp chopped ginger
- 3 tbsp orange marmalade (jam)
- 2 tbsp honey
- 125ml freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- Thickening 1 tsp cornflour mixed with 1 tbsp water
- Wash prawns and trim the feelers. Season prawns with salt and pepper with a little cornflour.
- Heat oil and fry prawns till just cooked. Drain and leave aside.
- Leave 1 tbsp hot oil in the wok and fry ingredients (B) till aromatic.
- Add sauce (C) and bring to a boil.
- Return prawns to the wok and fry until sauce coats evenly over the prawns and the gravy is reduced.
- Add thickening if required. (Didnt add any, prefer the dish with some gravy)
- Dish out and serve.