This delicious recipe is a Chinese takeaway favourite. Learn how to make King Prawn Chow Mein at home.
- 225g (½ lb) shelled king prawns
- 1.5g (¼ tsp) salt
- 0.5g (¼ tsp) white pepper
- 5ml (1 tsp) sesame oil
- 5ml (1 tsp) Chinese rice wine
Stir Fry Vegetables
- ½ large onion, sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2.5cm (1in) fresh ginger root, grated
- 1 red pepper, julienned
- 8 spring onions, cleaned and chopped
Chow Mein Sauce
- 30ml (2 tbsp) light soy sauce
- 3g (1 tsp) cornflour
- 30ml (2 tbsp) dark soy sauce
- 5ml (1 tsp) sesame oil
- 13g (1 tbsp) sugar
- 60ml (4 tbsp) oyster sauce
- 30ml (2 tbsp) vegetable oil
- 120g (¼lb) dried egg noodles, cooked accordingly to instructions
- 110g (1 cup) beansprouts
- Marinated Prawns: Place the prawns in a bowl along with the salt, pepper oil and wine. Give it a stir and let it marinate while you prepare the vegetables.
- Prepare the Vegetables: Cut everything up as stated in the ingredients list. Set aside.
- Chow Mein Sauce: Pour the light soy sauce in a bowl. Add the cornflour and stir to form a thick slurry. Once it’s smooth, systematically add the remaining sauce ingredients while stirring, ensuring no clumps are formed. Set aside.
- Cooking the Chow Mein: Heat the oil in a large wok until it starts to smoke.
- Fry the onions for 3 minutes, stirring them constantly.
- Add garlic and ginger and fry for another minute.
- Tip in the red pepper and spring onions and fry for 3 minutes.
- Add the prawns and the marinade and stir until the prawns start to change colour, which should take 1-2 minutes.
- Pour the chow mein sauce in, give it a stir and let the mixture reach a bubbling point.
- Add the cooked egg noodles and beansprouts and stir until everything is covered with the luscious sauce. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
- Feel free to adjust the salt and white pepper levels in the prawn marinade. The white pepper gives it a little kick.
- In the UK, frozen raw prawns appear to come in 180g packets. These are enough to serve 2 people.
- Egg noodles come in different thickness. In this recipe I used fine egg noodles but you can opt for thick or medium ones. They just need a longer cooking time.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stir Fry
- Cuisine: Chinese
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