Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Assam/Tamarind Prawns (亚参虾)

My friend brought me some fresh big prawns from her hometown again. Last time I cooked the Prawns with chilli, garlic and salt. Since I miss Peranakan cuisine very much recently, so I decided to cook this Assam/Tamarind Prawn. They're delightful and well received by my family. 

600g prawns 
1 tsp dark soya sauce
1½ tsp salt

50g tamarind (assam) paste
5 tbsp hot water

2 shallots, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 fresh chili, sliced

1 tbsp chili sauce
3 tbsp sugar, or to taste 
Ground white pepper, or to taste
2 tbsp water

1tbsp vegetable oil

Method :
  • in a bowl. add 5 tbsp hot water to tamarind until dissolved. Discard the pulp, set aside.
  • Marinate prawns with salt and dark soya sauce for 15 minutes.
  • Add oil to pan, add garlic, shallots and chilli, stir fry over medium heat till fragrant
  • Add chilli sauce, tamarind liquid, 3 tbsp water and prawns. Simmer, uncovered, till sauce is reduced. Add sugar and ground white pepper to taste, cook till sauce is thick.


  1. this looks just like those straight off from the tze char stall! you are just amazing esther!

  2. What great giants! The sauce looks and sounds amazingly delicious, Esther.

  3. Hi Esther,
    I'm drooling as I know this sourish spicy prawn dish is very yummy. ... I bring some rice over ... hee hee !

  4. Tamarind prawns are my favourite after Butter Prawns. Yours look so yummy, Esther

  5. Hi Esther, seeing the words tamarind already make me salivate... surely this is very appetizing! Yum. -Yen

  6. Esther, what a tasty prawn dish! More rice for me please!

  7. yum yum, this dish must pair with white rice!

  8. Yum, this looks exactly what I will get when I order from tze char.. looks so delicious!