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Stir-fried prawns and pipis in spicy sauce with pineapple

The spice paste makes double what you need, but it's easier to make this amount and save half for another meal. The paste will keep for a week in an airtight container.

You'll need

2 tbsp vegetable oil 12 uncooked prawns, peeled, tails intact 12 pipis, soaked 2 red birdseye chillies (optional) 200 gm pineapple, diced 1 tbsp fish sauce, or to taste 1 cup (loosely packed) Thai basil To serve: lime halves (optional) and steamed jasmine rice (optional)   Spice paste 6 long red chillies, coarsely chopped 20 gm peeled ginger, coarsely chopped 4 red shallots, coarsely chopped 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped 1 lemongrass stalk (white part only), chopped 2 tbsp grapeseed oil 50 gm light palm sugar, grated 1 tbsp fish sauce


  • 01
  • For spice paste, blend ingredients except palm sugar and fish sauce in a blender with 100ml water until smooth. Transfer to a wok and stir-fry continuously over high heat until water evaporates and sauce starts to stick to the pan (4-6 minutes). Add palm sugar and fish sauce, stir over high heat until paste deepens in colour (2-3 minutes), then set aside and clean wok.
  • 02
  • Heat oil in wok over high heat until smoking, then add prawns, pipis and chilli, and stir-fry until prawns are golden and pipis open (2-4 minutes). Add half the spice paste (reserve remaining paste for another use) and stir to combine, then stir in pineapple, fish sauce and basil. Serve with lime halves and steamed rice.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people

Drink Suggestion

Medium-sweet chenin blanc

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Feb 2016

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