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Stir-fried prawns with shallots



Today is Chinese New Year. On the eve, every Chinese family come together to have a reunion dinner and this year we are home for our very first reunion dinner with my family and we are having steamboat as usual. At the stroke of midnight, there's the usual small blast of firecrackers in the streets: although they are illegal in Singapore (like so many other things!), some still managed to obtain some and set them off to welcome the new year. Firecrackers are supposed to scare off evil spirits and attract the god of wealth to people's doorsteps.

Today before we set off for our "new year visits" (visiting relatives and friends), we will first wish our parents a good new year with prosperity and good health with a pair of mandarin oranges, and we will get a red packet from them as usual. Since I'm no longer single, we will also be giving my parents a red packet this year. Little One will get her very first red packet from all my relatives.:-) She won't know the significant of it yet but she will get it in 2 years' time.;-) For now, she would be more interested in checking all the goodies offered during this festive period and giving away her red packets.:-D

Festivities are not over. The 7th day of Chinese New Year is known as 'Renri' (common man's birthday - everyone's birthday) - it is usually celebrated by tossing Yusheng' and make wishes for wealth and prosperity all year round. The 15th day - the last day of Chinese New Year - is celebrated by having a family reunion dinner again.

So I'm leaving my readers yet another simple dish to sample. Hope this will wet your appetite till I blog again.

Stir-fried prawns with shallots
  • Prawns (peeled & deveined)
  • Shallots (quatered)
  • Chillies (sliced)
  • light soya sauce
stir-fried prawns with shallots
  1. Heat some oil in a pan or wok until hot, sauté the shallots and chillies for one or two minutes.
  2. Season it with a bit of light soya sauce, then stir in the prawns.
  3. Sprinkle a pinch of sugar over the prawns. Sauté till prawns are cooked and adjust seasoning to your taste.
  4. Serve hot with rice. Can be taken as main dish or part of the side dishes
The Verdict

I'm always surprised by how good this dish tastes - the nice aroma and crunchiness of the shallots mixed with the freshness of the prawns. The soya sauce and a dash of sugar heightens the taste and fragrance. This is succulent.

stir-fried prawns with shallots
#1, by ireneangele (02/07/2008)

Happy Chinese New Year...!! Have fun!

#2, by Peter (02/07/2008)

Gung Hey Fat-Choy to you!

The shrimp dish looks delightful and execution is simple enough, noted!

#3, by eastmeetswestkitchen (02/07/2008)

Gong Xi Fatt Chai!

#4, by Little Corner of Mine (02/07/2008)

Wishing you & family:

Xin Nian Kuai Le!
Sheng Ti Jian Kang!
Gong Xi Fa Cai!

#5, by Lydia (02/07/2008)

Happy new year to you and your family!

#6, by Lynn (02/08/2008)

Happy Chinese New Year! Your prawns look gorgeous.

#7, by Kevin (02/08/2008)

Looks good. It is hard to go wrong with shrimp. Happy New Year!

#8, by Cynthia (02/08/2008)

Happy new year my friend! Hope you are having a great time with the family.

#9, by ovenhaven (02/09/2008)

Happy Chinese New Year! May the new year bring you much joy and prosperity in the kitchen ~hehe:-D

#10, by Bon Vivant (02/09/2008)

Happy New Year! Eight of us celebrated at Lu Din Gee in San Gabriel Valley. The chef there was once on Iron Chef Japan. The meal was so good, I am still thinking about it!

#11, by katie (02/11/2008)

The prawns look wonderful - such a simple dish with complex flavors. How fantastic that you get to be with your family for the celebrations...Have a wonderful time!

#12, by keeyit (02/12/2008)

Gong Xi Fatt Choi

#13, by teczcape - an escape to food (02/12/2008)

Succulent prawns! Hope you are enjoying everything in S'pore and all abt CNY.

#14, by The Cooking Ninja (02/12/2008)

Thank You Everyone.:-)

We are enjoying our stay in Singapore very much. Little One and my parents love each other's company very much too. Much to our surprise, our family dogs are rather tolerant of her little fingers and rough handling. Poor doggies.

#15, by wokandspoon (02/12/2008)

Happy Chinese New Year! Hope you're enjoying the time with your family!

#16, by Okihwn (02/13/2008)

Prawns look good. Will be trying it.

Kung Hee Fat Choy!

#17, by Mochachocolata Rita (02/18/2008)

hi, nice blog! gung hey fat choy!
i made prawns for CNY too! (wong gum har) share it with you ^^ http://mochachocolatarita.blogspot.com/2008/02/my-first-cny-feast.html

may i "link 1 link"?