COMPLIMENTARY RECIPE: MANTIS PRAWNS STEAMED IN BEER

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"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

SERVES 4-6

INGREDIENTS

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

METHOD

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.

Phuong Nguyen