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Kung Pao King Chinese Cuisine
Honeyed Walnut Prawns

This is a very quick-to-make dish if the walnuts have been prepared ahead of time.

Ingredients

Prawns

  • 12 freshwater prawns, shelled (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon vodka
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Batter

  • 1 beaten egg
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Vegetable oil as needed for frying

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Glazed Walnuts

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 (6 to 8 ounce) bag shelled walnut halves

Instructions

  1. Prawns: Rinse prawns with cold water. Pat dry and toss with vodka and salt in a bowl. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Drain and set aside.
  3. Toss prawns first in egg, then in cornstarch.
  4. Allow to dry 5 minutes on a wire rack.
  5. Heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil in a high-sided pan to about 325 degrees.
  6. Add prawns and cook until golden, about 2 minutes.
  7. Set aside cooked prawns on paper towels to dry.
  8. Sauce: Combine mayonnaise, sweetened condensed milk and milk. Set aside.
  9. Glazed Walnuts: Place sugar and water into a pot over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar no longer feels grainy and mixture forms a syrup.
  10. Add walnuts; reduce heat to low and stir. Cook, stirring often, about 15 minutes.
  11. Cool nuts on wax paper.
  12. To assemble dish: Toss prawns with sauce.
  13. Place on a platter and sprinkle with glazed walnuts to taste.

Serves 4 as an appetizer. Or serve with rice to make an entree for 2.

If you have leftover walnuts, they may be frozen, or eaten as a sweet snack.

Posted by GayleL at Recipe Goldmine 9:14:07am 5/12/03.

Source: courier-journal.com