Phoenix Prawn Tails. Crispy Deep-fried Prawns in Tapioca Batter.
Recipe type: Seafood
Cuisine: Chinese
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Serves: 2-4
Phoenix prawn tails is a dish suitable for cocktail parties, as a starter or main course. Coated in a light tapioca flour batter, these delectable, crispy prawns are absolutely delicious.
For the batter
  • 150g All purpose flour
  • 75ml Tapioca flour (can substitute cornflour)
  • 7.5ml Baking powder
  • 235ml Water
  • 2.5ml Salt
  • 30ml Oil
  • 24 Medium prawns, peeled, deveined, head off, tail intact
  1. Sift the flour, tapioca flour and baking powder into a larger mixing bowl.
  2. Add the water and whisk this to a smooth batter.
  3. Allow this to stand for 30 minutes.
  4. While the batter stands, peel and devein the prawns leaving the tails intact.
  5. To prevent the prawns from curling during the frying process, make 3 shallow incisions in to the belly of each prawn.
  6. Half fill your pan with oil and heat to 190c / 375f.
  7. Add the salt and remaining oil to the batter and whisk until totally combined.
  8. Holding the prawns by the tail, dip each prawn into the batter to coat the entire body of each prawn, and carefully drop the prawns into the oil.
  9. Fry the prawns for 3 minutes, remove and drain on kitchen paper.
  10. Serve immediately with the dipping sauces and accompaniments of your choice.
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