Lemongrass Prawns Hokkien Style

This dish is a very special dish, why?

My late dad taught me this dish, yes my late dad. He is a real cook and I think he learned from his aunt when he was young… I think. I seldom see this dish serve in any restaraunt which is strange. Yes it is my late dad’s recipe. This dish main ingredient is prawns and lemongrass. You need to cut lots of lemongrass to prepare this dish but not as difficult to prepare a dish called “ikan perut”and this dish is flavoured with fresh turmeric. So I recommended that Chef Steven Cheng to try this recipe and this is how it turn out.


400 gm large prawns
20 stalks lemongrass
1 inch fresh turmeric
1 big onion
4 bulbs garlic
3 chilli padi
1 cup coconut milk (1/2 cup double cream)

Unshelled the prawns and clean properly
Marinate the prawns with a pinch of salt and pepper
Thinly slice the heart of the lemongrass. Take about an inch.
Minced turmeric, onion, garlic and chilli padi
Deep fry the sliced lemongrass untill fragrant. Take them out.
Fry the minced onion,turmeric, garlic and chilli padi till fragrant.
Add in prawns, once cooked and in lemongrass.
Add in coconut milk and add in seasoning.
(* if you want a drier dish add in less coconut milk. )


This dish is lovely and smells so fragrant. This dish is specially prepared by Chef Steven Cheng.

Yours Sidney

10 Comments

  • Michelle
    November 14, 2007 - 1:48 am | Permalink

    wow.. a real unique dish instead..
    can so “smell” the lemongrass from here.. yumm..

  • East Meets West Kitchen
    November 14, 2007 - 11:02 am | Permalink

    It’s wonderful that your late dad shared this dish with you, and thank you for sharing it with us. :)

  • Big Boys Oven
    November 14, 2007 - 12:57 pm | Permalink

    michelle:
    yes this dish smell very strong lemongrass and taste very turmeric.

    east meets west kitchen:
    My dad learn a lot of hokkien nyonya dish when he was young and my mum and aunt got to learn some of it and me too, there is another asam pedas pork n salted fish dish which taste fantastic, later will share it with you.

  • Nic (KHKL)
    November 14, 2007 - 4:01 pm | Permalink

    tried cooking that before, but with chicken, not prawns. added lots of blended garlic and onions. i also used very minimal coconut milk, because i like the dry type :>

  • I Cook4Fun
    November 14, 2007 - 10:43 pm | Permalink

    BBO, Thanks for sharing the recipe of your late dad with us. I tried cooking lemongrass chicken but never with prawns. I am going to try this dish :) They look really delicious.

  • Cynthia
    November 17, 2007 - 10:26 am | Permalink

    oh wow! This dish that your dad taught you to make… wow that’s all I can say. The flavours! Ummmm, so good.

  • beachlover
    November 18, 2007 - 4:10 am | Permalink

    oooooo….delicious prawn!!!lemongrass prawn!!.I’m going to try your recipe soon.thxs

  • Kelly Mahoney
    November 18, 2007 - 7:17 am | Permalink

    Sorry about your dad. That’s why cooking is so important to us — it’s a manifestation of our herritage.

  • wormi®
    November 21, 2007 - 8:54 am | Permalink

    i’ve tried the recipe. its nice! thanks for sharing..

  • Kevin
    December 1, 2007 - 9:46 am | Permalink

    This looks really tasty.

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