Stir-fried prawn, edamame and pine nut lettuce wraps

Stir-fried prawn, edamame and pine nut lettuce wraps

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Chinese Unchopped
Serves
2-4
Prep
20 mins
Cooking time
5 mins
Photographer
Martin Poole

This is the type of dish that I used to get as an after-school treat when we were kids, but only if my dad was home from work before my mum. Before even entering the kitchen, the aroma coming from the smoking-hot wok would hit us, and I would imagine the cheeky smirk of pride on my dad’s face. He was cooking us all a ‘secret snack’. This dish works as a great treat that always hits the spot, or even as a healthy dinner.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 iceberg lettuce
300g raw prawns, peeled and deveined, (see note)
1/2 red pepper
1 spring onion
2 garlic cloves
150g edamame beans, fresh or frozen
3 tablespoons pine nuts
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

The sauce

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
a dash sesame oil

The dressing

Quantity Ingredient
6 tablespoons hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons water

Method

  1. Remove the stalk of the lettuce by chopping off the bottom third, being careful not to tear any leaves. Turn the trimmed lettuce upside down, place it in the centre of a mixing bowl and pour over hot water very briefly before submerging it in ice-cold water for at least a minute. (This process will help you separate the leaves from each other without much effort.) Separate and drain the individual leaves, trimming them for presentation if needed, and place in the fridge to cool.
  2. Butterfly the prawns, cutting a line from underneath the head of the prawn to the tip of the tail using a sharp knife and opening up the prawn fully.
  3. Finely dice your red pepper, finely slice your spring onions and chop your garlic. Mix your sauce and dressing ingredients together in separate bowls or small ramekins.
  4. BUILD YOUR WOK CLOCK: place your butterflied prawns at 12 o’clock, then arrange the red pepper, edamame beans, garlic, pine nuts, spring onion and sauce bowl clockwise around your plate.
  5. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok over a high heat until smoking-hot.
  6. Add the prawns and stir-fry for 30 seconds, then add the red pepper, edamame beans and garlic and continue to stir-fry for 1 minute, keeping the heat high.
  7. Add the pine nuts and stir-fry for 30 seconds, then pour over the sauce and continue to stir-fry until the prawns are lightly golden brown on the outside.
  8. Sprinkle over the spring onion and transfer to a serving plate or bowl.
  9. Pile the lettuce leaves on a separate plate and serve with the dressing. Let everyone help themselves by filling a leaf with a spoonful of the prawn mixture, wrapping it into a bundle and dipping it into the dressing.

Tip:

  • To devein a prawn, use a small, sharp knife to make a slit along the middle of the back to expose the dark vein, then pull it out. Alternatively insert a toothpick roughly three-quarters of the way up the back of the prawn and pull the vein up and out of the prawn.
Tags:
Chinese
School of Wok
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