Good morning, dear friends
As promised last week, I will now provide the recipes for my Chinese New Year Family Reunion Dinner. I hope you will be able to try out some of these recipes and enjoy them as my family and I did.
It is auspicious to serve prawns during any Chinese festivals because in homonyms, the words prawn in Chinese is “har” and it sounds like “ha” as in “hahaha” in laughter – meaning there is happiness and joy. So, here I am merely giving this dish my own name and you can actually give it your very own auspicious sounding name when you serve this to your family and friends.
This is a very easy recipe but it tastes absolutely delicious!
Har Har Tai Siew Prawns
Ingredients (serves 8 )
1 kg of large prawns
1 tsp each of salt, sugar and white pepper
1/2 cup of finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup of finely chopped shallots
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh young ginger (old ginger are too spicy for the kids)
4 tbsps oyster sauce
3 tbsps soy sauce
1/2 cup tomato ketchup
3 tbsps brown sugar (this dish is a bit sweet)
1/2 cup water
2 cups oil to pan fry the prawns
Coriander & Green Onion Leaves for garnishing
1) Use a pair of scissors to snip off the legs and sharp tips of the heads and tails of the prawns. At the back of the prawns, where there is a part between the head and the body, insert in the tips of the scissors and cut through the shell down towards about 1 inch from the tail. You want to be able to remove the dark “veins” in the back of the prawns through this slit.
2) Rinse prawns clean and then pat dry with paper kitchen towels.
3) Marinate the prawns with salt, sugar and pepper. Set aside for at least 20 minutes.
4) Heat up the oil in a pan or wok, and pan fry the prawns until they are almost (but not completely) cooked – you can tell this by observing how the prawns are curling up. They will not curl up completely (completely = very cooked). Pan fry prawns for about 2 minutes on the first side and 1 minute on the other side. Remove from wok and put in a serving platter.
5) Use about 1 cup of the oil leftover from frying the prawns, and fry the garlic, shallots and ginger until they are light golden in colour and aromatic.
6) Pour in the oyster sauce, soy sauce, tomato ketchup and sugar and give them a good stir for about 1 minute.
7) Pour in the water and simmer the sauce for another 2 minutes. By then the sauce is more concentrated.
8 ) Check for taste and add more soy sauce if needed.
9) Tip back the prawns and any juices left in the serving platter into the sauce. Give it another good stir for 2 minutes to finish cooking the prawns.
10) Serve hot and garnish with coriander leaves and green onion curls.