Friday, October 8, 2010

Herbal Black Pepper Prawns

My original plan with to cook the prawns with black pepper sauce. I had some left-over Dang Gui 当归 powder and thought I would experiment combining both the black pepper with Dang Gui 当归. :P

It rather nice except, next time I'll leave out the curry leaves (you see in the photo) as it overpowered the Dang Gui.

  • 400g Prawns, shelled and deviened
  • 1 medium Onion, cut into chunks
  • 4 tablespoon Oil for frying
  • 1 tablespoon Oil for stir-frying

  • 1 teaspoon Dang Gui 当归 (Angelica Sinensis)Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Corn Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame Seed Oil
  • a pinch of Salt

  • 1 tablespoon Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Light Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese Cooking Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 4 tablespoon Water
  • 1/2 tablespoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Corn Flour

How to do it:
  1. Coat prawns with marinade.
  2. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  3. Heat oil in wok and fry the marinated prawns till 80% cooked.
  4. Remove and drain.
  5. Heat a clean wok with 1 tablespoon oil.
  6. Add onion and stir-fry till slightly softened.
  7. Add in sauce mixture and pre-cooked prawns.
  8. Stir-fry and toss quickly to coat prawns well with sauce and till the prawns are thoroughly cooked.
  9. Dish and serve.

I'm not sure if you can get powdered Dang Gui 当归 but you can always grind sliced Dang Gui 当归 on your own at home.


  1. I love prawns but dont like pepper that much. Hahahha! Overwhelming

  2. @Rose, You can reduce it. I love it cos that's the only 'spicy' stuff I can handle. :P

    @OkiHwn, try it. :)

  3. i love everything black pepper too, looks delicious.

  4. Oh! This one looks delicious. I will give this a try. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  5. Like your addition of Dang Gui. It gives the otherwise simple black pepper fry prawns an interesting new spin.

  6. this looks delicious! can't go wrong with black pepper