Vietnamese-style spicy prawns

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Vietnamese-style spicy prawns
Vietnamese-style spicy prawns
Vietnamese-style spicy barbecued prawns
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:1015
Ready in:4 hours 15 minutes
Prep. time:4 hours
Cook time:15 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:21st January 2013
Before the coconut milk

This recipe is really an excuse to use up some odds and ends from my last visit to the Chinese wholesaler. It was to be a barbecue dish but there is too much good sauce that would be wasted on a barbecue.

This was an absolute success. Glad I made detailed notes as this will be repeated. Spicy without being too hot, sweet, without being sickly, fragrant and very tasty. It's very quick to cook too. [piggy-pigs - we had this for 2 as prawns were 2 for 1!]


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  • Handful of spring onions, chopped
  • Coriander leaves, chopped


  1. If the jaggery is hard, soften by adding a little water and microwaving for a few seconds.
  2. Mix the marinade ingredients together and whisk so the sugar is dissolved and combined into the marinade.
  3. Add the prawns, stir and refrigerate for 3 or 4 hours if you are able.
  4. Heat the ghee in a wok and fry the onions gently for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the prawns and marinade and heat for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  6. Pour in the coconut milk and heat for another 5 minutes.
  7. Serve sprinkled with chopped spring onions and coriander leaves.

Serving suggestion

Serve with plain boiled rice.

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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