Fried Prawn with Cashew Nuts

Fried Prawns with Cashew Nuts is a traditional dish in the Guangdong area. This dish has a light fresh flavor, is very popular among ladies and children.
Fried Prawns with Cashew Nuts
(serves 2)
200g shelled fresh king prawns
70g cashew nuts
1/2 spring onion
1 clove of garlic
5g ginger
1 tsp salt
1/3 tsp ground white pepper
1 tsp cornflour
3 tbsp cooking wine
1/2 tsp sugar
sesame oil
cooking oil

  1. Place the prawns in a bowl, add 1/2 tsp of salt, 1 tbsp of cooking wine and ground white pepper, mix well. Add 1/2 tsp of cornflour and 1 tsp of cooking oil, mix well. Put the prawns in the fridge for 30 minutes to marinate.
  2. Cut the spring onion into small sections, slice the garlic and ginger into pieces. Mix the remaining cornflour with 3 tbsp of cold water for later use.
  3. Heat up a wok with cooking oil over low heat, when the oil is about 70℃, put the cashew nuts in to deep-fry. Keep mixing the nuts, as soon as they changes color, take out and place on kitchen towel  to drain off the oil.
  4. Keep the same wok with oil over strong heat, put the prawns in to stir-fry. Take out once they change color. Drain off the oil.
  5. Put a clean wok with 2 tbsp of cooking oil over strong heat, when the oil is hot, put spring onion, garlic and ginger in, stir-fry until there is a nice smell, take out and keep the oil in the wok. Put the prawns and cashew nuts in, stir. Add 2 tbsp of cooking wine, sugar, 1/2 tsp of salt. mix well. Thicken with 1 tbsp of mixed cornflour water. Turn off the heat, sprinkle a few drops of sesame oil and take out.
While frying the cashew nuts, keep heat low because they are very easy to be overcooked and burned.

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