Mantis prawns steamed in beer

Mantis prawns steamed in beer

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From
The Food of Vietnam
Serves
4-6
Photographer
Alan Benson

Mantis prawns are also known as sea locusts. They can reach 30 cm in length and have so many legs that they look very much like a heavily armoured caterpillar. They are incredibly sweet and are a delicacy in Vietnam, found in abundance in Ha Long Bay. If you can’t get your hands on some, then substitute them with fresh yabbies.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 x 375 ml bottles vietnamese beer
8 live mantis prawns, jumbo king prawns, yabbies or scampi
4 kaffir lime leaves, thinly sliced
2 limes, juiced

Method

  1. Pour the beer into a large saucepan. Submerge the prawns in the beer until they get drunk and fall asleep. Mix the lime leaves through.
  2. Remove the prawns from the beer and place on a steamer rack or in a steamer basket, over the pan of beer. Steam over high heat for 8 minutes.
  3. Put the lime juice in a small bowl and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Serve the prawns with the seasoned lime juice and a fresh cold beer.
Tags:
The Food of Vietnam
Luke
Nguyen
Red
Lantern
Vietnam
Vietnamese
Asian
Asia
South
East
Southeast
South-east
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