6 scampi12 medium green prawns1 clovegarlic, coarsely chopped1 small red chilli, coarsely chopped1 tbsp crushed light palm sugar25 ml each lime juice, fish sauce, rice vinegar and peanut oil1 kaffir lime leaf, thinly slicedChilli and shallot salt2 dried small red chillies2 tbsp sea salt1 tbsp white sugar2 tbsp fried shallots (see note)1 tbsp finely grated lime rind
Cook scampi in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 5 minutes or until just cooked, drain and refresh in iced water, drain again, then peel, remove veins and place in a bowl.
Cook prawns in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 2-3 minutes or until just cooked, drain and refresh in iced water, drain again, then peel, leaving tails intact, remove veins and add to the scampi.
Combine garlic, chilli and palm sugar in a mortar and, using a pestle, pound to a coarse paste, then transfer to a bowl. Add lime juice, fish sauce, vinegar, oil and kaffir lime and mix to combine. Pour over the scampi and prawns, toss to combine, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
For chilli and shallot salt, place chilli in a small frying pan and cook over high heat for 1 minute or until crisp. Add salt and cook, stirring continuously, for 2-3 minutes, then cool. Transfer to a mortar, add sugar, shallots and lime rind and, using a pestle, pound until coarsely ground. Serve prawns and scampi with chilli-shallot salt passed separately.
Note Fried shallots are available from select Asian