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Thai Barbecued Stuffed Prawns

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Category: Thai, Seafood

 Ingredients List

  • 16 To 20 bamboo skewers,
  • -8-inches or longer
  • 1/2 ts Chopped fresh coriander
  • -roots *
  • 1/4 ts Black pepper-corns
  • 2 Garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 ts Sugar
  • pn Salt
  • 2 ts Thai fish sauce (nam pla)
  • 1 tb Coarsely chopped coriander
  • -leaves
  • 1/4 lb Ground chicken, or
  • -moderately fatty ground
  • -pork
  • 1 lb Jumbo prawns (16 to 20 per
  • -pound) with the shell
  • Vegetable oil for barbecuing


4 tb White vinegar
4 tb Sugar
1 ts Salt
4 tb Water
1/2 Cucumber, peeled and thinly
1 ts Dried shrimp powder with
-chili (optional)
1/2 tb Fish sauce (nam pla)
2 ts Fresh coriander leaves,

* (if not available, use the stems)

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the scanned image as it would have to type it in... Ah well,
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In Thai cooking, a pounded paste fresh coriander roots, black pepper
corns and garlic makes a popular and useful spice mixture. This Thai
trio-spice paste is used in the same way as Italian pesto to season
stuffings, smear over meats as a marinade, or saute in oil to flavor
stir-fried dishes. In this recipe, it serves to flavor the stuffing.

Soak the bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.

Keep the coriander bunch tied together and rinse it in a pan of cold
water by dunking it up and down to dislodge the sand. Drain
thoroughly and spin dry in a lettuce drier. Cut off the roots,
including about 1 inch of the stem above the root; chop coarsely and
set aside.

To make the spice paste, pound the pepper corns in a mortar, or grind
in a spice mill Add the garlic, coriander roots, sugar and salt;
pound or grind into a smooth paste.

Combine the spice paste, fish sauce, coriander leaves and chicken.

Mix well.

To devein and butterfly the prawns, make a 1/2 inch deep cut through
the shell along the back with kitchen scissors.Pull out the black
vein (the alimentary canal). Rinse prawns under cold running water
and dry thoroughly.

Starting from the tail end, thread the prawns lengthwise onto the
skewers, ending at the head end. Spread open the 1/2-inch deep cut
and stuff with about a teaspoonful of chicken paste; smooth the

Repeat with remaining prawns.

Lightly brush prawns with oil. Grill over a medium-hot fire for 1 to
2 minutes on each side, or until they turn bright orange and feel
firm to the touch. They may also be broiled. Serve with Sweet-Sour
Cucumber Salad.


Combine the vinegar, sugar , salt and water in a small bowl; stir
until sugar and salt dissolve. Put the cucumber slices in a shallow
bowl, sprinkle with shrimp powder and fish sauce, then pour in the
sweet vinegar to cover. Top with coriander leaves.

Makes 8 servings.

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