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Fried Prawns in a Tamarind Sauce / Tôm Rang Me

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.

Ingredients:

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

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Directions:

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.

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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.

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This is what the tamarind mixture looks like after it has been soaked in water for a period of time.

Using the back of a spoon and a strainer,press the tamarind block and liquid through a strainer.

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Heat a heavy pot with enough oil to submerge the prawns

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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.

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Remove from the oil and set aside on a plate lined with a paper towel to soak up the excess oil.

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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.

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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.

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Mix all the ingredients together well so that the sauce has coated the fried prawns.

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Garnish with the diced green onions and cilantro.

This dish can be served on a bed of greens or served with rice.

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Authors: Susan Tran and Chau Hoang

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