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Friday, May 20, 2011

Fried Tamarind Prawns [Assam Prawns]

This is a nyonya dish and my Ma will cook this dish for dinner to be served with plain white rice or when she cooks 'Nasi Lemak' [coconut flavoured rice]. Believe me, it is tasty and easy to prepare.
500 gm medium to big size prawns
Seasoning [mix together]
1-2 tbsp tamarind paste
1-2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
50 ml water
2-3 tbsp oil for frying

  1. Trim the tip of prawn's head and shelled the centre of prawns. Leave the head and tail intact [see photo]. Wash and drain.
  2. Mix all the seasoning ingredients in bigger bowl with hand. Squeezing well to form a sweet and sour paste. Add in prawns and mix well to marinate. Marinate prawns in fridge for several hours for better flavour.
  3. Prepare a wok. Add in marinated prawns. Spread out to fry till almost firm and there will be some gravy. Add in oil at this point and continue frying till the prawns [medium heat] are cooked and moist. Turn prawns to prevent burning or just pan fry the marinated prawns in batches till firm on one side and flip over to cook the other side.
Note: When frying with tamarind paste and sugar, it gets burnt very easily if frying on high heat.

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