Fried prawns in a tamarind sauce or tôm rang me is a popular dish especially for those living on the coast. The fresh prawns are fried and then tossed in a sweet and sour sauce made from tamarind to offset the greasiness of the oil. This humble dish is finger licking good.
This recipe is rated easy and takes 30-45 minutes to create.
10 giant prawns
1 block of fresh tamarind
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
1 teaspoon of ground annatto
1 teaspoon of sesame oil
1 teaspoon of fish sauce
2 cups and 1 tablespoon of water
5 tablespoons of sugar
½ teaspoon of salt
½ teaspoon of ground black pepper
Vegetable oil for frying
Garnish with spring onions and Cilantro
Sprinkle ½ a teaspoon of salt on top of the shrimps. Mix to incorporate the salt among the shrimps. This process will help remove excess moisture from the prawns.
Break the tamarind block into smaller chunks. Soak the tamarind block with 2 cups of water for approximately 15 minutes or until the tamarind chunks have soften and broken apart.
Using the back of a spoon and a strainer,press the tamarind block and liquid through a strainer.
Heat a heavy pot with enough oil to submerge the prawns
Add the prawns but do not crowd the pan. Make sure the prawns is dried otherwise the oil will splatter. The prawns will cook in approximately 5 minutes.
Remove from the oil and set aside on a plate lined with a paper towel to soak up the excess oil.
In a bowl, add 5 tablespoons of tamarind sauce, 5 tablespoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of fish sauce, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, ½ teaspoon of ground pepper, 1 teaspoon of ground annatto and a pinch of salt. Stir well to incorporate the ingredients.
Heat a large pan (one that can fit the fried prawns) with enough oil to coat the pan and 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.
When the garlic turns brown, turn the heat to low and add the prawns, tamarind sauce and 1 tablespoon of water.
Mix all the ingredients together well so that the sauce has coated the fried prawns.
Garnish with the diced green onions and cilantro.
This dish can be served on a bed of greens or served with rice.