Thursday, May 12, 2011

Cooking ~ Lime Leaves Prawns

Lime leaves (picture sourced from google search)

The lime leaves I bought last week is still sitting in the fridge and I can't find the time to use it to cook sambal prawns as planned. Didn't want to waste the precious and aromatic ingredient, so despite the busy-ness of tending to my little sick baby, I whipped up this dish. A tad simpler than the sambal version. And yes, I could cook all because DH was home to help with Isabelle. (Thank you Dear! Muacks!)

1. 6-8 medium sized prawns (deshelled but I left the head and tails intact)
2. 2-3 cloves of garlic - chopped
3. 1 big red onion - sliced
4. 1 red chilli - sliced
5. 4-5 lime leaves - sliced
6. spring onion - sliced
7. cilantro

1. 2 tsp fish sauce
2. pinch of sugar
3. 1 tsp of tamarind - soak in hot water for about 30 mins. Discard the seeds and use only the juice.

1. Heat oil and saute the garlic and onion till they are fragrant, tender and caramalised.
2. Add in sliced chilli. Stir.
3. Add in prawns. Just fry them for approx 1 min. Do not overcook them.
4. Once prawns looses it translucency and turns slightly pinkish, add in the sauce. Cook for another 2 mins or so.
5. Add in lime leaves and let it cook for another 20 seconds.
6. Dish up and garnish with spring onion and cilantro.

DH - 'That's all? Anymore in the wok?'
DS - 'Ho ciak... ho ciak!! the sauce very nice!'
Yours Truly - Appetizing! I wish I cook a little more!

Happy Cooking!


mom2kiddos said...

Mmmm...looks good. Is it something like assam prawns? I LOVE the smell of lime leaves; might give it a try one day. Thanks for the recipe.

Catheryn @ PinkBibs said...

Hi Mom2kiddos!

I am happy you enjoyed this post!

Yeah, the fragrant of lime leaves are so exotic!

Not really like assam prawn which is a lot of tangier than this dish. The lime leaves does add a lot of kick to it.

Hope you like it ;)

mom2kiddos said...

Hey Catheryn! I see you lost your comment too. Same here!

Catheryn @ PinkBibs said...


Yeah... all comments gone. :(

But I remember you asking me if this dish taste like assam prawn. No, it doesn't. The lime leaves gives it an extra punch of flavour and taste less tangier than assam prawns :)

Hope you like this recipe :)

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Eh I thought I saw this post earlier? Anyway, read across some blogs complaining that Blogger was down for sometime, is it because of this ?

Catheryn @ PinkBibs said...

Yes Jenny, that's right. Blogger was down yesterday. :)

LittleLamb said...

looks yummy. if u shell the prawn..lagi best.

Catheryn @ PinkBibs said...

Hey L.Lamb,

Thanks! I am embarrassed to say this but yes, this dish is actually very delicious.

Yeah, which was why I deshelled the prawns and left the head intact, because I like the slimy stuff inside the head! Gross! But yummy!

prince n princess mum said...

Looks yummy!

Catheryn @ PinkBibs said...

Hi Prince & Princess Mum!

Thanks for visiting and for your comments :)

See you here again!