A tasty, good-looking dish with little preparation, steamed garlic prawns with vermicelli only takes a few minutes to cook. A great dish to impress your guests at dinner parties.
When dining out, prawn dishes are what I most frequently order. Provided they are fresh, they are always delicious regardless of the style of dish. Today I’m sharing one of my favourite prawn dishes that involves very little effort: Steamed garlic prawns with vermicelli (蒜蓉粉丝蒸虾).
Prawns have a beautiful taste on their own and usually require a minimum amount of preparation. In Chinese cuisine, prawns and other seafood are often briefly steamed to preserve their natural flavour. Steamed garlic prawns with vermicelli is a classic dish often served on important occasions. It tastes great and looks sophisticated. In fact, it’s super easy to prepare:
Three simple steps:
- Place soaked vermicelli on a plate then top with peeled prawns.
- Fry garlic and chilli for a few seconds then mix with other condiments.
- Pour the sauce over the prawns then steam for 5 minutes.
Garlicky, spicy and savoury
There is no doubt that prawns and garlic are a perfect pair. So be generous with the garlic. The use of minced fresh chilli is my personal touch. It gives the dish another dimension in flavour. In my version of steamed garlic prawns, I briefly fry garlic and chilli in oil before mixing with other sauce. This will maximise their flavour. I use light soy sauce, rice wine, white pepper, sugar and salt to make up the sauce. If you have shop-bought seasoned soy sauce for seafood to hand, you can simply use that instead.
Vermicelli absorbs all the flavour
In this dish, vermicelli refers to Chinese mung bean vermicelli noodles (粉丝) , a widely used ingredient in Chinese cuisine. Unlike regular noodles, they are seldom served as a staple food. You can find them in stir-fry, salad, stew, soup or steamed dish like this one. They come in a dry form so soaking beforehand is always required. When cooked, they become very soft, transparent and slippery. Having a rather plain taste, mung bean vermicelli noodles are great at absorbing flavours from other ingredients and sauces. On the dinner table in our Red House, vermicelli is always as popular as the prawns in this dish.
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