COMPLIMENTARY RECIPE: MANTIS PRAWNS STEAMED IN BEER
"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." – Chef Luke Nguyen
2 x 375 ml bottles of Vietnamese beer
8 live mantis prawns, jumbo king prawns, yabbies or scampi
4 kaffir lime leaves, thinly sliced
2 limes, juiced
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.
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.
Put the lime juice in a small bowl and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Serve the prawns with the seasoned lime juice and a fresh cold beer.
Recipe from Luke’s Book, The Food of Vietnam. Click here to purchase the book now.