Japanese Popcorn Shrimp
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Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Japanese Fusion
Serves: 4
 
Love prawns? Love Japanese? This is for you. Read on for the recipe for restaurant Saké’s Popcorn Shrimp.
Ingredients
  • 500G PRAWN MEAT
  • 250G TEMPURA FLOUR (STORE BOUGHT, JAPANESE OR KOREAN)
  • 60G MESCULIN SALAD MIX (MIXED SALAD LEAVES)
  • 20G FRESH CHOPPED CHIVES
  • VEGETABLE OIL FOR DEEP FRYING
  • 75ML FRESH LEMON JUICE
  • 100ML GRAPESEED OIL
  • 40ML DARK SOY SAUCE
  • 1 HEAPED TEASPOON GARLIC PASTE
  • GOOD PINCH GROUND BLACK PEPPER
  • 300G WHOLE EGG MAYONNAISE
  • 50G CHILLI GARLIC PASTE
  • 200G TEMPURA FLOUR
  • 300ML COLD WATER
Instructions
  1. Make a lemon vinaigrette by combining the lemon juice, grape seed oil, soy sauce, garlic paste and black pepper. Place aside.
  2. Combine the mayonnaise and chilli paste thoroughly, and then set aside.
  3. Mix 200g of the tempura flour with the cold water until it is the consistency of thickened cream.
  4. Shell, devein and cut prawns into 1.5 cm pieces
  5. Heat oil in deep fryer to 180C
  6. Lightly dust the prawns in the dry tempura flour (10g / serve) and shake off excess flour through a sieve. Coat dusted prawn pieces in cold tempura batter and fry at 180C until light popcorn colour. Because the pieces are small they will not need much time to cook. The pieces should come out with a lovely crunchy coating.
  7. Drain in fry basket and shake off any excess oil.
  8. Place 15g of salad mix in the bottom of a bowl and dress with the lemon dressing (only a little drizzle).
  9. Take prawns from fryer and toss in a large bowl with 20 – 30g of spicy mayonnaise so that they are evenly coated.
  10. Place prawns (like a little mountain!) on the top of the dressed salad bed and sprinkle with chopped chives to garnish.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at http://honestcooking.com/japanese-popcorn-shrimp/