Whenever I eat noodle soup in hawker stalls, I leave the prawn balls out. Because the best item in the bowl should be enjoyed last. These prawn balls are probably made with minced prawn and pork lard, deep-fried till golden. The balls are then generously simmered in hot chicken broth. They really soak up all the goodness in the bowl of soup, but yet springy and delicious on its own right.
One weekend, I was shown how to make these – surprisingly easy. They were a hit during lunch time. I think I exaggerated a bit here. They were gone by lunch time!
The one we prepared are the plain vanilla type – with nothing else but fresh prawns and starch plus salt and pepper. The result? Delish!
We used what was left over – certainly not a lot of prawns.
Wash the prawns by running them over cold tap water for a couple of minutes.
Remove the veins and all the brownish and gooey substance found on them. So that the prawn balls won’t have funny smell on them.
Place the prawns on board and use the side of the cleaver to flatten them. This would remove all the excess liquid naturally found in prawns.
Mince the prawn by chopping them lightly
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl
Mix everything together by using your hand.
When everything is mixed well, you will end up with a very sticky dough.
Shape one spoonful of prawn mixture in the shape of a ball by using a stainless steel spoon, dipped in cold water
Drop them in deep-frying pan with hot oil. Deep-fry till golden.
Many other ingredients can be used to dress it up. Chopped garlic, spring onions or minced chili. If you really want to be sinful, add some pork fat! Or not. I love my plain vanilla version as it is. Serve them warm with sweet chili sauce.
Homemade Prawn Ball
200 g shrimp
3 tbsp tapioca starch
1 tbsp salt
1/2 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp white pepper
Oil for deep-frying
Wash the prawns under running water for a couple of minutes. Drain well
Flatten the prawns using side of a cleaver and chop them lightly
Mix minced prawns with other ingredients in a bowl and combine well
Heat a wok or pan with cooking oil for deep-frying
Take one spoonful of prawn mixture and shape it into a ball. Drop it into the hot oil and deep-fry till golden, about 3-5 minutes. Do the same with the rest of the mixture