Friday, September 16, 2011

Foodie Fridays: Prawns, Penang-style!

Ever since this pregnancy, I've been loving sour food.  Dishes like pork ribs in black vinegar and anything tomato-sauce based...  Recently, I got hubby to cook these assam prawns when he was home after his trip.  Its a really simple recipe, but really yummy (even Junior J loves them), so I thought I'd share it here:

Assam Prawns 
(for 2, as a side dish)

:: 7 Medium to large prawns (no need to remove the shells, which is the nice part!)
:: 7 cloves of garlic, diced (you can reduce this, but we like it garlicky)
:: 2-4 tablespoons tamarind paste 
:: 1 small onion, sliced
:: Light and dark soya sauce

1. Mix tamarind paste with 1/2 cup of water, stir to mix (or in hubby's words, "use your hands and squash it all up!"), add prawns, set aside.

2. Chop up garlic and onion.
3. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan.  Fry garlic and onion til fragrant.

4. Add prawns, along with tamarind paste to pan.  Add 1 tablespoon of dark soya sauce and a dash of light soya sauce (this is optional).

5.  Stir-fry over medium to high heat until paste thickens and prawns are cooked.

This dish is easily cooked in 10 minutes... simple right?


Do you have any tried and tested recipes for meals suitable for the whole family?  If you have some easy-to-prepare, healthy recipes, do drop me an email at john(dot)jus(at)gmail(dot)com, with the ingredients, steps, and if possible, a photo of the food!  We'll post the recipes on Fridays, with a link back to your blog if you have one... :)


  1. Yum, I'm going to try this one! I love Assam prawns! Great that Junior J likes this too, I'm not sure Noey would like the sour taste of assam but we'll see.

  2. Beanbean: Let me know how it goes! Our boy strangely likes sour stuff. He steals the sauce when we eat pork ribs cooked in black vinegar, and he sometimes tries to steal mouthfuls of vinegar from the little saucer at chinese restaurants! So weird, his tastebuds...



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