Prawn Toast (also known as Shrimp Toast) is a yummy Chinese dim sum dish. Asian flavours and prawns on toast, then coated in sesame seeds and deep fried to crisp perfection.
As a nod to Chinese New Year 2017 I decided to throw together one of my favourite entrees – Golden Sesame Prawn Toast.
I remember growing up, whenever mum and dad would take us to a Chinese restaurant, I always loved to order prawn toast. I still do. We’d always dine in, never take away. Take away was too far, which meant a cold dinner by the time we got it home. Not that we lived in the sticks, but the closest fast food or restaurant of any kind was a 15-20 minute drive.
There were some exceptions to the rule. On a Thursday night, mum would do the weekly grocery shopping and take us kids along. This was the one time we’d get real take away. I’d eat mine in the car on they way home while it was nice and hot, but Dad would patiently wait at home for his. I’m sure it must have been stone cold by then but he always seemed happy enough 🙂
Going out for Chinese was a special treat. Prawn toast has always been my favourite dish and whenever I go out for Chinese, it’s the first thing I look for on the menu (quickly followed by Crab and Sweet Corn Soup and Special Fried Rice).
For it’s relatively few ingredients, Prawn toast is big on flavour and it’s fairly simple to put together. The one step I never skip is letting the bread sit overnight to really dry out. I can’t remember where I learnt this. From a magazine years ago but I do not skips this step, ever! It makes for a really crispy base to your prawn toasts without having to fry the bottom of them. And there’s a good reason. This way the prawn meat doesn’t overcook and the bread doesn’t soak up lashings of oil before it’s ready, meaning it’s perfectly cooked and not greasy.
The topping is a mixture of prawn meat, garlic, ginger, spring onions, egg and soy sauce. That’s it! This lot is blended together until just a few chunks remain. You then top your dried out bread sticks with this mix and I always marvel at how it sits obediently on top and doesn’t fall off. Even when you roll the top in sesame seeds. Then you fry them and job done.
I always serve these with a store bought sweet chilli sauce, which complements them perfectly. I also love a good homemade, cucumber and chilli dipping sauce that I’ll share with you soon.
Any way, these are a delicious party food, Chinese New Year or not. Enjoy in large quantities 🙂
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