sesame prawn toast
sesame prawn toast

I'm obsessed with prawn toast. What? You didn't know? I'm good at hiding my obsessions :) Can't imagine a Chinese/Thai meal out/ takeaway without prawn toast. But I've never dared to make it at home - didn't want to ruin it for myself if it turned out terrible!

Then, last year my friend and I decided to make ourselves a Thai dinner, and I bravely suggested prawn toast to complement her green curry. And then, earlier this year, my husband and I got ourselves a dim sum steamer (more on this later!) and we decided to cook up a Chinese feast, which had to include prawn toast of course. So I've had a bit of practice!

Here's my recipe. It's a mish mash of a few I've read online. 

What you need

  • Raw king prawns - 300 g
  • Spring onion - 2
  • Ginger - 1 inch
  • Light soy sauce - 1 tsp
  • Sesame oil - 1 tsp
  • Corn flour - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Sesame seeds - 1 cup
  • Bread - 8 slices
  • Egg - 1
  • Vegetable oil for frying

What you do

  1. De-shell and de-vein the prawns (I used supermarket packaged prawns, so just needed to wash them)
  2. Chop the spring onions
  3. Chuck the prawns, spring onion, ginger, corn flour, soy sauce, salt, sesame oil into a blender. Crack an egg into this too
  4. Blend coarsely
  5. Remove from blender into a bowl
  6. Heat oil in a wok for deep frying
  7. Tip sesame seeds onto a plate
  8. Cut each slice of bread into 4 triangles
  9. Spread the prawn mixture onto each triangle
  10. Now invert the triangle face-down onto the sesame seeds, so they stick to the prawn mix
  11. When the oil is hot, carefully place the triangles into it and deep fry both sides till golden brown. Should take about a minute to do each batch
  12. All done!

Tip 1: Make sure your oil is hot, but isn't smoking. Too hot, and your bread will burn without the mixture cooking

Tip 2: Make yourself a nice ginger-soy dip to go with it. 4 tbsp soy sauce + half an inch of ginger chopped fine + half a thai chilli chopped fine + 1 tbsp sesame oil