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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Crispy Golden Prawns With Lemon Mayonnaise




The Chinese culture is most particular about celebrating auspiciousness. For a happy occasion like the Chinese New Year that celebrates a new beginning, we are even more mindful about surrounding ourselves with auspicious symbols. When I was young, we were not allowed to sweep the floor on New Year's Day, for fear that we would be sweeping all the good luck away. Almost all the dishes and food we serve during the festival have been given a clever twist to evoke an aura of good luck and prosperity.
Fish, for example is a favourite dish to serve during Chinese New Year meals because to have fish can also be interpreted to be as having surplus.We are generally not allowed to finish all the food served during our reunion dinner on New Year's Eve... it is bad luck to have an empty rice pot on New Year's Day. The pineapple tart, due to the way it is pronounced in Chinese is made to sound like the arrival of prosperity and success, hence its popularity.

Prawn dishes are also popular during Chinese New Year because these little crustaceans are pronounced as 'Har' in cantonese which can be construed to sound like laughter (hahaha) symbolising happiness in abundance....

Battered fried prawns may be deep fried and laden with calories and cholesterol but they are still popular among young and old. I am giving this a little Spanish tapas twist by pairing it with a tangy homemade Lemon Mayonnaise. Served wrapped with lettuce, it makes this a little less guilty to indulge... This is an egg white,beer laden batter which is crispy and light. If you are looking for a interesting way to serve your Happy Prawns this year, I encourage you to give this a try.

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Crispy Golden Prawns With Lemon Mayonnaise
Recipe :

1.0kg               Medium sized prawns (Grey tiger prawns is fine)
Oil for deep frying

Seasoning (A):
1 tsp                 Chicken Powder
2/3 tsp              Salt
2/3 tsp              Sugar
Dash                Sesame Oil
1 tbsp               Potato Starch

85g                   Plain flour
125ml               Light beer
2 tbsp                Olive oil
2                        Egg white


4                        Garlic cloves
2                        Egg yolks
1tbsp                  Lemon juice
1tbsp                  Finely grated lemon zest
300ml                 Sunflower / Canola or grapseed oil (neutral oil)
Pinch                  Sea salt & pepper

Method :

1. Transfer garlic to food processor and add the egg yolks, lemon juice and lemon zest. Process briefly until just blended. With the motor still running, gradually add the sunflower oil through the feeder tube until it is emulsified.

You can either serve the mayonnaise in a dipping bowl or drizzle over the prawns like the way I did for mine.

Battered Prawns
1. Wash and devein prawns and marinate in Seasoning (A) for 5-10mins.
2. Mix all the ingredients for the batter together and let set it aside for 5- 10mins.
3. Heat frying oil until hot.
4. Coat the marinated prawns in the batter and deep fry until the prawn turns golden yellow.
5. With a slotted spoon, remove prawns from oil and let it blot on oil absorbant paper to remove excess oil.
6. Serve with mayonnaise and lettuce.


Wen said...

Hi Shirley,

Aspiring Bakers is having a cooking theme this month, AB#15 - Auspicious dishes for CNY (Jan 12) hosted by me. You may consider sending in this beautiful dish! Thank you!

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Hi Wendy- Sure, would be happy to join in.

Sherleen.T said...

one word to describe this fried prawns...赞!haha, i can eat a lot of fried prawns...salivating over here already la ^^

daphne said...

Oh, I could nibble on them! I also like the presentation! with the drizzle of mayo.. yum! You are preparing CNY early!

zenchef said...

These prawns would be really happy in my tummy. :)
I want to celebrate Chinese New Year too! Not fair!

Passionate About Baking said...

Looks really crispy and yummy! Homemade mayonnaise sounds good too!

Shoutforfood said...

your blog is seriously drooool worthy!

Jeannie said...

My favorite prawns dish! I can just eat these all by myself!

Lee said...

Hi Shirley, very interesting post. Yes, I too believe not sweeping the floor in New Year day.
Love your this shrimp creation. Looks delicious! So crispy, and you're a good photographer, and nice presentation too.

Chinese New Year where we are is not a holiday, but the government allows all Chinese employees to take the day off.
Shops all open, even Chinese stores, malls.
You have fun and keep well.

tigerfish said...

Such battered prawn dish seems to have lost itself! I remember having them when I was younger, usually in more traditional Chinese restaurants! esp with that mayo dip/sauce.
Of course, also reminded me of fish and chips, rather prawn and chips (suddenly Long John Silver comes to mind!)

Sandhya Hariharan said...

thanks for dropping by Shirley....
Glad to know you love Mumbai street food...
I have a post on Ragda pattice coming up in a few days.. I m sure it might interest you...

AikoVenus said...

I don't eat any meat or dairy - but the crust looks beautiful! ^^

Anh said...

a classic dish! Yours look absolutely perfect!

Noob Cook said...

love the golden hue, looks very auspicious for CNY indeed :)

3 hungry tummies said...

Indeed these golden numbers are going to make a lot of us go HAHA :)

Unknown said...

what a beautiful significance for the name, would love to nibble on it to have a happy start. fried shrimp looks fantastic and lemon mayo yum!


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