Asian made easy: part two

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Aussie chef, Bill Granger, is on a mission to make Asian cooking easy as his new book – Bill’s Everyday Asian – demonstrates. This week, Bill will be sharing three of his favourite Asian recipes with CD-Traveller readers. Today: Stir- fried prawns with chilli & tomato

Stir- fried prawns with chilli & tomato
When I first had kids I was one of those terrible, righteous try-hard parents who didn’t allow their kids to have ketchup or sugar. I’ve come to realise that a bit of tomato sauce from a bottle won’t kill you – but I still prefer if it’s organic! This was my father’s favourite at our local Chinese restaurant so I always think of him when I make it.

1kg large prawns, peeled and de-veined, tails intact
2 tablespoons corn flour
2 teaspoons sesame oil
5 tablespoons light-flavoured oil
1 large red onion, cut into wedges
2 yellow peppers, cut into strips
3 red chillies, de-seeded and quartered
3cm piece ginger, peeled and julienned
4 garlic gloves, crushed with the flat of a knife
3 tablespoons mirin or white wine
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons sesame oil, extra
3 tablespoons tomato ketchup

Place the prawns in a large bowl, dust with the corn flour and drizzle with sesame oil. Stir to coat and set aside for 10 minutes. Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a wok or large frying pan over high heat. Add the prawns and cook, tossing often, for 1-2 minutes, until nearly cooked through. Remove from the wok.

Reduce heat to medium and add the remaining two tablespoons of oil. Add the onion, yellow pepper, chilli, ginger and garlic and stir fry for two minutes. Whisk together the mirin, soy sauce, sugar, extra sesame oil and tomato ketchup in a bowl until the sugar dissolves. Add to the wok, along with the prawns, and stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Serve immediately.

Serves 4
Recipe from Bill’s Everyday Asian by Bill Granger (Quadrille, £20).

To learn how to make Bill’s lamb cutlet with satay sauce, be sure to check out the CD-Traveller website on Sunday.

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