Spicy Sichuan-style Prawns

Sichuan cooking is popular throughout China and in recent years adventurous Chinese restaurant dinners have discovered how delicious it can be. This is one of the best-known dishes from that area.


Ingredients (Serves Four)
  • 1.5 tbsp ground nut oil
  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh root ginger
  • 1 tbsp. coarsely chopped garlic
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped spring onions
  • 450g raw prawns, shelled and de-veined
  • Fresh coriander sprig, to garnish (Optional)
  • 200g ready to eat noodles
  • For The Sauce - 1 tbsp. tomato paste, 2 tbsp. chili bean sauce, 2 tbsp. Chinese black vinegar or cider vinegar, 2 tbsp. sugar, 2 tbsp. sesame oil, salt and pepper

Cooking Instructions
  1. Heat a wok over a high heat. Add the oil and, when it is very hot and slightly smoking, add the ginger, garlic and spring onions.
  2. Stir-fry for 20 seconds, then add the prawns. Stir-fry the prawns for about 1 minute.
  3. Add all the sauce ingredients and noodles, season with around half a teaspoon each of salt and pepper then continue to stir-fry for another 3 minutes over high heat. Serve at once, garnish with coriander sprigs, if you wish.
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