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Cantonese Sweet and Sour Prawns recipe

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Cantonese Sweet and Sour Prawns
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Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
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  • 180g king prawns
  • ¼ tsp, salt
  • White Pepper, to taste
  • ½ tsp egg, beaten
  • 40g potato starch or cornflour (either works fine)
  • 35g vinegar
  • 55g granulated sugar
  • 25g ketchup
  • 5g tomato puree
  • 10g Worcester sauce
  • 1 tsp potato starch or cornflour (either works fine), to add into sauce before you cook with it
  • NOTE: The sauce will be red but not bright red like the takeaways, as they will probably use food colouring to get that colour.
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 pineapple ring
  • ½ small onion, cut into chunks
  • ¼ red pepper, cut into chunks
  • ¼ green pepper, cut into chunks
  1. Heat the oil in the pan on medium-high heat whilst you prepare everything else.
  2. Prepare the vegetables for the dish.
  3. Season the king prawns with about ¼ tsp salt and sprinkle of white pepper. Pour half a beaten egg in and coat the king prawns. Then mix in the potato starch (or cornflour) and coat the pieces again.
  4. To make the sweet and sour sauce: In a saucepan pour the vinegar and add the granulated sugar in, heat these up on a low heat until the sugar dissolves.
  5. Add the ketchup, tomato puree and Worcester sauce and mix. Put this to one side as the sauce is now complete and ready.
  6. Turn the oil to low heat. Take the king prawns and place them individually into the oil. Move them around, with a wooden spatula or wooden chopsticks, so they don't stick to each other. Fry them for 3 minutes.
  7. When the king prawns start to float, turn the heat to high and fry for an extra 1 minute. Use a slotted spoon and take the pieces out onto a plate and leave on the side for now.
  8. To put the dish together. Heat wok on high heat. Add 1 tbsp vegetable oil.
  9. Add in peppers, onion and pineapple and fry for 1 minute.
  10. Take the sauce and add in 1 tsp of potato starch (or cornflour) and mix in. Add sauce to the pan and cook for 1 minute.
  11. Add the king prawns to the pan and stir everything together. Once everything is coated with sauce, it is ready to serve.


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