Thursday, February 07, 2013

Prawns Wrapped in Taro Paste

This is another prawn dish that is nice to serve for Chinese New Year. I made this dish a few years ago but never posted it in my blog. I am recreating it again so I could post it here for my record. This dish will be ideal as an appetizer too. The taro which is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside compliments well with the succulent prawn within.


15-18 large prawns – shell,deveined and leave the tail intake
2 tbsp flour

Marinate for prawns:

1 tbsp soy sauce
A few dashes white pepper
1 tsp Chinese cooking wine

Ingredients for Taro Paste:

450 gram taro/yam
90 gram wheat starch
70 ml boiling water
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
¼ tsp 5 spice powder
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 small red chili - chopped
1 stalk green onion – chopped

1. Marinate prawns and set it aside. Cut taro into small chunks and steam it over high heat until soft. While the taro is steaming prepare the wheat starch dough.
2. Add boiling water into the wheat starch, stir it with chopsticks and when it is cool enough to handle, knead it into soft dough. Once the taro is done, mashed it up while it is still hot.
3. Then add it to the wheat starch dough together with the rest of the ingredients except for the flour. Mix and knead until well combined. Covered and let it rest for 10 minutes.

4. Dry the marinated prawns on paper towel and dust it lightly with flour. Pinch a ball of the taro dough (amount depend on the size of the prawns) and wrap it around the prawns except for the tail.
5. Heat up some vegetable oil for deep frying. Fry the prawns on medium high heat until brown.
6. Serve warm with chili sauce.


Jerry | Simply Good Eating said...

These prawns looks amazingly delicious. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe post :)

Anonymous said...

Hai Gert,

All these scrumptious looking CNY delicacies!. Feeling a little nostalgic. Going to attempt this for the little potluck next Fri. Another great recipe, as always. Thanks.
Hope you and Carlos are keeping well.Do miss you.Especially , your wonderful cooking. What can I say. I'm a shameless scrounge!


suituapui said...

Ooooo...heaven! Love the ones with char siew filling. Must be really nice with prawns.

Medeja- CranberryJam said...

Wonderful appetizer! They look so yummy!

MaDiHaA a.k.a Ratna said...

hi gert..
this look so yummy...

PH said...

Gertrude, this is a yummy dish. Will be very popular at the dining table. Must cook more!

Shereen said...

Yay! Another prawn ( I'm super rich with prawns at the! ) recipe for me to try. I'm sure the boys will enjoy this as much as they enjoyed your butter prawns. Thanks for sharing;)

Esther@thefussfreechef said...

Yam and prawns - great combination. Love this dish - very addictive especially with some sweet chili sauce.

Unknown said...

These prawns get me crazy!!!
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sabar dubai said...

Hye gert...interesting....nice to try

Linda said...

I love the combination! It look so delicious! A very good
Recipe for CNY! Thanks!

QembarDelites said...

This looks like another delicious dish that I would enjoy very much!Gong Xi Fa Cai:D

My Little Space said...

Hi Gert, sorry for being missing quite sometime. Gosh, you really had me drooling on these prawns. A must try food during 新年. My boy loves prawns. Btw, I'm here to wish you & your family a very Happy Chinese New Year. May the year of snake brings good healthy & good wealth to you & your family. Have a fabulous time.
Best wishes, Kristy ((hugs))

Mat Gebu said...

Gong Xi Fatt Cai, Gert!!..

ICook4Fun said...

Jerry, you are welcome.

Lee, Gong Hei Fatt Choy to you too. How are you doing? Long time no news from you. Hope everything is well with you. We are doing well here in CA.

Arthur, oh that one is 'Wu Kok' served at dimsum place. I like that too. Well, anything with yam/taro I like :)

Medeja, thank you.

MadihaA, thank you. Hope you try this dish one day.

Phong Hong, ya we like this a lot :)

Shereen, ha ha I too stock up quite a bit of prawns in my freezer too. Don't know why I like to buy them ha ha.. Glad you like the butter prawns. More prawns dishes coming up soon since I have ample of them.

Esther, yes especially when it is still warm.

ICook4Fun said...

Francesca, I will check your blog out.

Sabar dubai, hi to you too. Thanks for stopping by.

Linda, Gong Xi Fa Chai to you and your family!!

Jeannie, Gong Xi Fa Chai to you and your family too.

Kristy, I know you must be busy with all the baking and entertaining family and friends. Gong Xi Fa Chai to you and your family too!!!