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Chinese New Year

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Spicy Sichuan prawn dish popular at New Year


Yield 4-6
Preparation time 25-30 minutes
Cooking time 10-15 minutes
Main Ingredient Prawns/Shrimps


Though the list of ingredients is a bit long, if you prepare everything before you start cooking and have it on hand it is pretty easy to make

  • 1 pound/1/2 kg.prawns/ shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp water
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Shao Xing rice wine
  • 1 tsp peanut oil or vegetable oil of choice
  • 10 dried red chilies or to taste (cut in half)#
  • 1 tsp -1 tbs Sichuan peppercorns, toasted*
  • 5 green/spring onions (sliced)
  • 1 tbs garlic (chopped)
  • 1 tbs grated ginger 
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 3 tsp Chinese black vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbs unsalted/salt reduced chicken stock
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 1 handful roasted peanuts (roughly chopped)

#For a less heat/spice replace with 1tbs. of chilli bean paste



  1. Mix the shrimp, corn starch, water, soy sauce, and rice wine and let marinate for 10-20 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan.
  3. Add the red chilies and sichuan peppercorns and fry until fragrant, about a minute.
  4. Add the shrimp and saute for a minute.
  5. Add the white part of the green/spring onions, garlic and ginger.
  6. Add the soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, chicken stock, sugar and corn starch and cook until the shrimp is cooked and the sauce thickens, a couple of minutes.
  7. Serve garnished with the peanuts and the green part of the green/spring onions.

* If you are new to Sichuan peppercorns you might want to start with 1 teaspoon and build up to the full tablespoon.

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