Homemade Prawn Ball

Prawn Balls

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!

Prawn balls step by step

We used what was left over – certainly not a lot of prawns.

Prawn balls step by step

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.

Prawn balls step by step

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.

Prawn balls step by step

Mince the prawn by chopping them lightly

Prawn balls step by step

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl

Prawn balls step by step

Mix everything together by using your hand.

Prawn balls step by step

When everything is mixed well, you will end up with a very sticky dough.

Prawn balls step by step

Shape one spoonful of prawn mixture in the shape of a ball by using a stainless steel spoon, dipped in cold water

Prawn balls step by step

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

Makes 20 balls


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

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22 Responses to “Homemade Prawn Ball”

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    A box of kitchen — November 21, 2010 @ 11:52 pm

    Halo, salam kenal :)
    I`m getting hungry looking at those prawn balls! Too bad I`m trying to do less frying, but I do think these balls can be great too in soup. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Jun replied: — November 22nd, 2010 @ 8:44 am

      Hello there! Boiling the prawn balls in soup are great too. Shallow pan-frying would do just fine I think if you are not a fan of deep-frying :)

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    Pepy @Indonesia Eats — November 22, 2010 @ 12:56 am

    I love enjoying them with chili sauce or for hot pot./soup.

    • Jun replied: — November 22nd, 2010 @ 8:44 am

      Me too! I didn’t have anything for the soup or noodle, so I dressed them up in shot glasses LOL

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    Debs @ Acquiredish — November 22, 2010 @ 1:24 am

    Another fab recipe, thanks for sharing.

    • Jun replied: — November 22nd, 2010 @ 8:45 am

      Thanks for visiting!

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    Debs @ Acquiredish — November 22, 2010 @ 1:25 am

    Oh, forgot to mention, now following you. Would love it if you visited me too.

    • Jun replied: — November 22nd, 2010 @ 8:45 am

      Will do! Wonderful site you have there!

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    Lia Chen — November 22, 2010 @ 6:01 am

    This is my favorite! Gosh … I miss my hometown now because of this yummy prawn ball. Love the new web layout and your bright food pictures ♥

    • Jun replied: — November 22nd, 2010 @ 8:45 am

      Thank you Lia! :D

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    Cookie — November 22, 2010 @ 12:50 pm

    Another yummy recipe for my mini fryer!

    • Jun replied: — December 4th, 2010 @ 4:24 am

      Oh you have a mini fryer? It is in my christmas list!

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    mycookinghut — November 22, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

    I love prawns and to make them into balls are great! Yummy snack ;)

    • Jun replied: — December 4th, 2010 @ 4:24 am

      Same here! Maybe I should triple the recipe next time. Everybody was fighting over the balls.

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    thoma — November 29, 2010 @ 10:35 am

    great! we don’t get tapioca starch here. but we use a lot of tapioca here. funny. can i use bread crumbs or all-purpose flour as substitute? will it spoil the virgin vanilla taste?

    also why don’t you share your recipes in foodbuzz. i don’t get any posts from you in my foodbuzz inbox. i follow you so i know whats happening in your blog. those who don’t may actually be missing out on your beautiful photos and recipes.

    • Jun replied: — December 4th, 2010 @ 4:26 am

      I think all purpose flour would act as a better binding agent compared to bread crumbs.

      I have no idea why my recipes didn’t show up at Foodbuzz. I thought they would all appear automatically when you are included in someone’s friend’s list? Weird!

      Thank you for your visit, Thoma!

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    Trissa — November 30, 2010 @ 9:13 pm

    Jun – I have printed out this recipe – I love prawn balls – they are my addiction/comfort food.

    • Jun replied: — December 1st, 2010 @ 7:30 am

      Really? They are mine too! I hope you have the chance to try this out. It is really easy.

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    rosi — December 7, 2010 @ 4:38 am

    I like this so much that I want to make it all day but I might get sick.and you have to try it and it is easy too and she is right.ok so try it.

    • Jun replied: — December 7th, 2010 @ 5:35 am

      Yes totally! Too much of a good thing can make you sick. But it is nice to be sick because of something so delicious! LOL

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    Expat Recipe — January 19, 2011 @ 5:09 am

    Great step by step recipe and great pictures, Loved it

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