sweet & sour prawns

Some say Sweet & Sour Prawns are delicious but some say it does a disservice to the prawns. Fresh prawns (especially those caught from the sea compared to prawns reared in freshwater) is delicious cooked by steaming them with julienned ginger and a dash of chinese cooking wine so that you can taste the natural sweetness of the prawns. As for those less fresh prawns, one might want to consider “masking” it by cooking it in sweet and sour sauce. It is not to say that it does not taste great. This dish tastes good in itself and some kids love them. But it is a matter of choice as tastebuds vary from one person to another.


Try this Sweet & Sour Prawns



  • 300 grammes of medium or large prawns (either shelled or intact at your preference)
  • 1cm of ginger(sliced)
  • 1 large onion (quartered)
  • 1 stalk spring onion (cut into 2 inch lengths)
  • 30 ml warm water
  • 5 tablespoons palm oil


  • 3 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • a pinch of salt



Heat oil in wok and fry the prawns for 30 seconds till shell completely turned to red or cooked. Dish out and set aside. Remove oil from wok leaving approximately 2 teaspoons of oil in the wok.


Saute the onions and ginger till fragrant. Return prawns to wok, add seasoning and water. Stir well to coat the prawns. Sprinkle spring onions onto the prawns before dishing out.


For variety, you might want to add cubed cucumbers, pineapples and / or capsicum when you saute the onions.




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  1. 1
    Yummie dummieS
    April 2nd, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    good to see yet another blog featuring home cooked recipes. cheers!

  2. 2
    April 3rd, 2007 at 11:46 am

    No ler, the prawns have still got to be fresh even if it’s Sweet and Sour! Fresh prawns must be crunchy! I like sweet and sour based dish -fish, pork chicken, prawns. THink this one easier than doing Gu Loo Yok (Sweet Sour Pork). I will try some day đŸ˜€

  3. 3
    April 3rd, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    Yummie dummieS : Welcome welcome!

    tigerfish : It is not easy to get fresh prawns in KL (would you believe that??!!). And most of the time they are expensive! So, sweet & sour prawns are a rarity on our dining table. Heh! heh! đŸ˜€

  4. 4
    April 4th, 2007 at 10:31 pm

    This looks easy enough for me! Now I just gotta buy my ketchup or maybe kar-po some from a fast food restaurant :p.

  5. 5
    April 7th, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    oohh another S&S dish, clap clap :))

  6. 6
    April 14th, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    Wow! It’s really look great, esp. the fresh prawn! I wish I could find the fresh (cheap and uncook) prawn here in England…

  7. 7
    Malaysian Delicacies
    June 16th, 2007 at 11:56 am

    Nice recipe…I love prawns and the picture is making me hungry!

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