Prawn stir-fry with French beans, galangal and garlic

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Prawn stir-fry with French beans, galangal and garlic
Prawn stir-fry with French beans, galangal and garlic
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:348
Ready in:2 hours 20 minutes
Prep. time:2 hours 10 minutes
Cook time:10 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:31st October 2012
..sauce reduced a little..

A Vietnamese / Cambodian style dish that could work as well as a starter as it would for a main course. Serve with plain boiled rice. If you cannot get galangal then substitue ginger instead.


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  1. Add the fish sauce, lime juice and zest, sugar, garlic and lemon grass and whisk until the sugar has dissolved
  2. Add the prawns to this marinade and refrigerate for 2 hours

Beans and prawns

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the ghee in a wok and add the garlic and galangal
  2. Just as the garlic starts to colour, add the prawns and marinade
  3. Stir-fry until the prawns turn pink
  4. Tip the prawns and juice into a bowl and reserve
  5. Add the remaining tablespoons of ghee and stir fry the onions for 4 minutes until they colour
  6. Add the beans and soy sauce and cook for 4 minutes or until the beans are cooked to your liking
  7. Turn up the heat and reduce the sauce if needed.
  8. Tip the prawn mixture back into the wok and heat for a minute or two
  9. Serve immediately

Chef's note

Blanch the beans first for a few minutes in boiling water if you prefer them 'softer'.

I am not keen on thin strips of lemon grass which can be a little tough unless it is really fresh, so I prefer to leave it whole. Just smash it with a cleaver to release the oils and then discard it when serving the meal.

I made this for 2 but kept most of the quantities the same, apart from the soy sauce as 120ml seemed a lot. I probably used 50ml. It was delicious. I may add more vegetables next time.

Peeling ginger

There is no need to peel ginger. As a result of attending a Thai cookery demo, we have learnt that peeling ginger is unnecessary unless for aesthetic purposes as the skin is high in fibre and full of flavour. However, do remove any bits that have become tough or woody.

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