hot pepper prawns


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This dish is simple in its flavours. There is no combination of multiple complex flavours like one of my Thai or Malay curries. Yet, sometimes a simple dish is what you need. All this dish needs to go along is some simple fried rice (just stir-fry yesterday's leftover rice with some ginger, garlic, spring onions, eggs, and salt.) and perhaps a stir-fried vegetable dish. You can make all that in under 30 minutes.

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  • add   1/4 -1/2 lbs Medium Prawns (shell removed and deveined)
  • add   1-2 tbsp Butter
  • add   2-3 tsp Black pepper, freshly ground (coarse)
  • add   2 tsp Garlic - minced
  • add   1 tsp Thai bird chillies - finely sliced - (omit this if you can't take the heat)
  • add   2 tsp Light soy sauce
  • add   2 tsp Dark soy sauce
  • add   1 tbsp Oyster sauce
  • add   2 tbsp Chicken stock or water


  1. Heat a wok till it's medium hot. (Very hot will burn the butter, so be careful.)
  2. Add the butter and wait till it starts foaming. Then add the garlic, pepper and chillies. Stir-fry for about 10-20 seconds.
  3. Add the prawns and stir-fry for another 30 seconds.
  4. Now add the light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, and chicken stock. Turn up the heat to high and stir-fry for another 30 seconds. Let the sauces thicken but not burn.
  5. Your prawns should be done. Check if the flesh is opaque. If in doubt, under-cook rather than overcook them.
  6. Um, that's all there is to it. This is a 3-minute recipe. Enjoy it while it's hot.

ChefsugNote From The Chef

shoik 06:18, 17 Jul 2007

This recipe can also be used with good effect for various other kinds of seafood. The only thing that varies is the cooking time and the amount of chicken stock. For small fish fillets, increase the cooking time by another 3 minutes or so. For squid, decrease it by about a minute. You can even use whole crab in this recipe, but increase the quantities of the seasonings to account for the larger crab. If you're feeling adventurous, try this with veggies. Increase the amount of water and the cooking time so the veggies cook through properly

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