With mint, lemongrass & chilli, green fried prawns with cashews and lychees are encased in rice-paper rolls – the perfect Asian-style canape for a party.
- 4 sheets rice paper rounds
- vegetable oil, for deep-fat frying
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 white onion, finely diced
- 1 carrot, finely diced
- 1 fresh long red chilli, finely diced
- ½ fresh lemongrass stalk, white part only, very finely sliced
- 400 g small green prawns, peeled and deveined
- 2 tsp hoisin sauce
- 2 sprigs coriander, including roots
- ½ cup roasted cashews
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 lychees, peeled and pitted
- 2 tsp fish sauce
- 2 cups mixed asian salad leaves, such as fresh shiso leaves (see tips, below)
- ½ bunch mint, leaves picked
- Cut rice paper into quarters. Pour vegetable oil into a large, deep saucepan until 5cm deep. Heat to 180°C on a cook’s thermometer, or until cube of bread turns golden in 30 seconds. Deep-fry rice paper pieces for 5–10 seconds or until puffed and crisp. Remove from oil and drain on paper towel. Set aside to cool.
- Heat a wok over a medium heat. Add sesame oil, onion, carrot, chilli and lemongrass, cooking for 2 minutes or until just softened. Add prawns and cook for a further 2 minutes or until prawns are firm. Remove from heat and stir in hoisin.
- To make dressing, separate coriander leaves, stalks and roots. Discard stalks, reserve leaves and wash roots. Use a mortar and pestle to pound roots, cashews and garlic until smooth. Add lychees and fish sauce. Pound again until smooth.
- Put salad leaves, mint and coriander leaves in wok with prawns. Spoon onto rice paper crisps and drizzle with a little of the dressing. Serve with remaining dressing on the side.
Make edible bowls by deep-frying rice paper!
Find Asian greens at Asian grocers and supermarkets, including sour leaf, paddy weed, shiso and water spinach. Use mixed baby salad leaves if you prefer.
This recipe is…
Please note, nutritional information is approximate and based on the uncooked ingredients.
|- Saturated fat||2.1 g|
|Total carbohydrates||21.0 g|
|- Sugars||5.6 g|
|Dietary fibre||3.1 g|