Indochinese Chili Shrimp

Brining (30 mins, optional)
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt preferably sea salt
1 cup water

For marination:
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tbsp corn flour
1 tbsp plain flour or maida (organic or unbleached)

For sauce:
1 1/2 tbsps oil for frying prawns
1 tbsp olive or sesame oil for sauce
1/2 cup capsicum cubed or bell pepper
1/4 cup Spring onions or ½ cup cubed onions layers seperated or as desired
1 tbsp garlic chopped
1 to 2 green chili slit
1 1/2 tbsps. Chilli sauce
1 to 1 1/2 tsp soya sauce (low salt)
1 to 1 1/2 tsp vinegar
1 tsp chili powder with 2 tbsps water or 1 tbsp chili paste
250 grams deveined prawns about 8 to 12 large
1/2 tsp pepper crushed
1/2 tsp sugar

Devein and clean the prawns well. Rinse them under running water.

Add sugar and salt to a bowl. Pour 1 cup of water. Stir well and add the prawns to this liquid.

Set aside for 30 mins, meanwhile proceed with other preparation.

Drain the water completely from the prawns and add corn flour, plain flour and pepper. Mix every thing well and set aside for 10 mins. This helps the excess moisture from the prawns to be released and make the flour moist.

Heat oil in a pan and fry the prawns on a medium heat. Gently flipping to and fro. Since they are brined the cooking time reduces to half. So they just get done under 3 mins, though it depends on the size of the prawns. The prawns swril and take a C shape when are done. Do not overcook they will turn hard and rubbery.

By then the flour coated over the prawns turn crisp. Set these aside to a absorbent tissue.

How to make chilli prawns:

Clear up the pan and add more oil. Saute garlic until fragrant. Add chilies, capsicum and onion cubes or spring onions. Sprinkle very little salt and sugar.
Saute on a high flame just for one to 2 mins until the bell peppers are half cooked yet retain their crunch.

Add chilli sauce, chilli paste, soya sauce, vinegar and pepper. You will also need to add 2 tbsps of water.

Mix and allow the sauces to bubble. Taste this and add more spice or sauce if you like.

Switch off the stove and add the prawns.

Toss well and add spring onion greens if you have in hand.

Serve chilli prawns immediately to enjoy the crust.

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