Prawn Siew Pak Choy

Seafood, Vegetable November 20th, 2007

prawn siew pak choy

One of the best ways to enrich the taste of leafy greens is to add fresh prawns. Siew pak choy is one the favourite leafy greens consumed in Malaysia and Singapore and it is such an easy vegetable to cook. Whilst this vegetable is usually cooked with oyster sauce, cooking it with prawns actually give it a more natural sweet tasting sauce. I use the smaller sized siew pak choy (Hong Kong variety).

I used medium sized prawns and left the tails intact. Removing the tails during eating remained one of my favourite challenges. In a way, it also enhances the beauty of the dish. I used seawater prawns rather than freshwater prawns as the texture and taste is much better.

This is the recipe for Prawn Siew Pak Choy



  • 250 grammes siew pak choy (washed thoroughly)
  • 10 – 15 pieces medium sized prawns (shelled with tail intact)
  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped finely)
  • 150 ml hot water
  • Water (for blanching)
  • corn starch (mix 2 teaspoons corn flour with 2 tablespoons water)
  • 2 tablespoons palm oil



  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • a dash or two of white pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon chinese cooking wine



Bring to boil a pot of water, add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of palm oil before adding siew pak choy. Allow the leaves to turn dark green before draining it. Set aside to cool and arrange on plate.

Heat oil in wok. Fry shallots and prawns till prawns turn red. Remove prawns and arrange over the blanched siew pak choy.

Add hot water to remaining gravy on the wok and seasoning before thickening it with corn starch. Pour gravy over prawns and siew pak choy.

Serve hot.

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  1. 1
    November 23rd, 2007 at 8:26 am

    throw prawns into anything and it will work!

  2. 2
    November 27th, 2007 at 7:03 am


    OMG! It looked so good. Maybe next time when I am in KL, we can meet up for a cookout. Really would like to try your yummylicious food.

  3. 3
    November 27th, 2007 at 11:41 am

    lots ofcravings : I just had fried rice with prawns yesterday. Yup! It tastes great!

    Reese : Really? That would be great! When’s your next trip?

  4. 4
    December 4th, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    My next trip will be sometime after May next year, I guess. I’ll be heading to Europe for pre-work vacation in June, need to make some budgeting to squeeze in a trip to Kuala Lumpur. Will let you know but the cookout is definitely on.

  5. 5
    December 7th, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    Reese : Keep me posted ya? 😀

  6. 6
    December 8th, 2007 at 6:53 pm


  7. 7
    June 19th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    i actually started browsing your blog recently and cooked 1 dish so far.. hehe.. it gives me ideas of what to cook during weekends =)

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