Salted Egg Yolk Prawns with Curry leaves
Salted egg yolk has been an all-time craze these past few years. Whatever dishes that you can think of, there will definitely be a version of the salted egg yolk. Ranging from seafood to spaghetti to burgers to fries… and even cookies! You name it, they have it. But for all those salted egg yolk fans just like me, I don’t think we’ll ever get enough of it. And you’ve guessed it! This Chinese New Year, we have prepared yet another salted egg yolk recipe for you. This Salted Egg Yolk Prawns with Curry leaves recipe is shared by one of our passionate home cooks – Pauline Leong.
  • 350g medium-large grey prawn
  • 6 pre-boiled salted egg yolksmashed with fork
  • 1L Knife Groundnut Oil (Healthier Choice)
  • 5sprigs curry leavesrinsed and dried
  • 1 chicken egg white
  • 6tbsp corn starch
  • 1/4 large red onionminced
  • 2pcs chilli padicut into small pcsq
  • 18g unsalted butter
  • 1tsp Knife Groundnut Oil (Healthier Choice)
  • 3tbsp water
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1/2tsp pepper
  • 1/2tsp sugar
Prawn marinade
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp sesame oil
  • a dash of pepper
Prepare the prawns
  1. Trim the prawns, leaving the head and tail intact. Rinse it with salt water.
  2. Remove shell from the body. Slit to remove the intestine.
  3. Make a few slits on the prawn to straighten it. #Tips: This will expedite the drying process.
  4. Wrap it in a towel, transfer it to the chiller for at least 20 mins. #Tips: This will dry up the prawns and prevent the oil from splattering while deep frying.
  5. Remove from the chiller.
  6. Season with the prawn marinades and give it a good mix. Set aside for 5 minutes.
Deep fry the prawn
  1. Pour the egg white into the prawn and give it a good mix. Coat the prawn with corn starch, shake off the excess. Set aside.
  2. Heat up 1L oil in a pot. #Tips: To test whether the oil is hot enough, place in a wooden chopstick. When the oil starts to bubble steadily, the oil is ready.
  3. Deep fry 3 prawns at 1 time for about 30 sec or till the prawn turns pale pink. Remove from oil and set aside. Repeat the same process till all the prawns are fried.
  4. Once completed, allow the oil to heat up again. Add in all the fried prawns and deep fry it for the 2nd time for about 30 sec, do not over-fried the prawns. Lift up and drain. #Tips: This double-frying method will give the prawn an extra crisp and it will absorb the salted egg yolk cream better!
Fry and serve
  1. In a clean wok, melt the butter. Add in oil and mix well. #Tips: Instead of adding more butter, oil will make the salted egg mixture lighter and sticks better to the prawn.
  2. Add in minced onions and fry till fragrant.
  3. Add in curry leaves, fry till fragrant.
  4. Add in smashed salted egg yolk and water, cook it till it’s creamy and bubbles are formed.
  5. Season with salt, sugar, pepper and chilli padi. Mix well and adjust to taste.
  6. Add in prawns and increase the temperature. Toss and coat it evenly with the salted egg yolk mixture.
  7. Serve warm.