Ever had a dish from your childhood that you can remember vividly and you try to recreate it recently? I sure do!
I remember when I was young and I use to head to my 3rd aunt’s house to stay over the weekend. She would call me the day I am heading over to ask me what I would like to have for dinner. The conversation would go like this (direct translation from mandarin) :
Aunt : What would you like to have tonight? (你今晚想吃什么?)
Me : You anyhow cook, I anyhow eat！ (你乱乱煮,我乱乱吃!）
That conversation still cracks me up! haha That’s how horrible my mandarin was (and is, sadly), since I was 2/3 years old! But my aunt knew what my favourite dish of hers was and she would whip it up for dinner when I’m over. So what is it? Fried prawn egg! It’s simple but so so delicious! Till now, when there are family potluck gatherings, she would make it for us!
Since we got back from Singapore, we have decided to abstain from meat on Fridays. It was difficult to prepare lunches for Fridays to be brought to work. You won’t want it to be too messy, and you would want something that could be easily eaten using a spoon. So immediately, this dish popped out in my head! So I have been doing trail and error to get the perfect recipe and I think my last attempt was the closest! The secret is to fry it like an omelet and make sure both sides are nice and brown before using your spatula to chop it into small bits of pieces.
So here’s the recipe! Hope you will enjoy it as much as we do!
Fried Prawn Egg (Adapted from My Aunt)
300g prawns, deshelled, deveined and cut into small pieces
2 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
1 tbs olive oil
3 tsp fish sauce
3 tsp sesame oil
white pepper, to season
spring onion, chopped, to garnish (optional)
1) In a small metal bowl, season the prawns with 1 tsp of fish sauce, 1 tsp of sesame oil and pepper. In another bowl, crack the eggs in and season the egg with 2 tsp of fish sauce, 2 tsp of sesame oil and pepper.
2) Heat a flat, non-stick frying pan on medium to high heat and add the olive oil. Add the garlic and fry till fragrant (careful not to burn them). Add the prawns and fry till they are brown and caramelised on the outside. Add the egg and spread it around the frying pan evenly.
3) Turn the heat down to medium and allow it to brown on one side then flip it to the other side, and allow that to brown too. This should take about 3-5 mins (on each side). You may check the progress by gently lifting up the sides with a spatula.
4) Once both sides are nice and brown and crispy, the fun (and distressing I might add) part begins. Use your spatula and randomly chop the omelet into small pieces. Allow it to fry for a further 3-4 mins then serve!
Serve this with rice or quinoa. Enjoy! (:
This is the mr’s portion haha in a “Light My Fire” lunchbox! Doing our bit for the environment! hehe
So dear readers, what is one childhood memory you can’t forget? Would love to hear it!
ps: so sorry about the quality of the photos. They were shot by my iphone4s. Been a bit lazy getting my camera. 🙂