KitchenTigress: Steamed Garlic Prawns

Steamed Garlic Prawns


Prawns make me happy. Nope, it's not because I'm a glutton, which I am. Nor is it because I love prawns, which I do.

Prawns make me happy because they're chock-a-block full of vitamin B12, iron, tryptophan, vitamin D, protein and omega 3 fatty acids, which are all essential for keeping depression at bay.

There's a physiological connection between food and mood . . .

Hey, no wonder diets make me miserable!

STEAMED PRAWNS WITH GARLIC (蒜泥蝦)
(Recipe for 4 persons)

12 medium size prawns, around 400 g
2 egg whites
2 tbsp packed roughly chopped garlic
2 tsp light soya sauce
1 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp Shaoxing wine
pinch sugar
2 tbsp thinly sliced spring onions
2 tsp vegetable oil
2 tsp white sesame oil

1. Preheat plate for prawns by gently steaming for 5 minutes. Do this whilst preparing prawns, or about 10 minutes before serving.

2. To prepare prawns, trim and discard legs and feelers. Cut each prawn in the middle lengthwise, leaving the 2 halves joined at the tail. Rinse quickly under running water to remove veins. Dry with paper towels.

3. Beat egg whites, garlic, light soya sauce, fish sauce, wine and sugar till well combined.

4. Arrange prawns on preheated plate, cut side up, snugly. Drizzle with egg mixture. Bring water for steaming back to a boil. Cover. Reduce heat to low. Steam till prawns are red and cooked, 2-3 minutes depending on size. Turn off heat. Remove cover. Sprinkle with spring onions.

5. Heat vegetable oil and white sesame oil in a separate pan or pot till almost smoking. Drizzle oil on spring onions and prawns. Serve immediately.