Chef's Recipes

Twice-cooked king prawns with soy sauce (si yow wong ha)

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for twice-cooked king prawns with soy sauce by Flower Drum, Melbourne.

By Anthony Lui
  • 15 mins preparation
  • 5 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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Twice-cooked king prawns with soy sauce (si yow wong ha)
In the hands of chef Lui, this simple but sophisticated dish looks deceptively easy, but there are a couple of pointers to take into consideration. It's best to deep-fry the prawns until they're partially cooked, so the prawn shells take on a distinctive fragrance. The other point to remember is the timing - have all your ingredients ready or premixed. It's all about split-second cooking so the prawns cook through but remain succulent. Should you decide not to deep-fry the prawns, you can stir-fry them instead. To devein the unshelled prawns, insert a thin skewer where the body joins the head and tease the vein out.


  • For deep-frying: vegetable oil
  • 12 uncooked prawns, unpeeled, deveined
  • To serve: finely chopped spring onion
Prawn seasoning
  • 1½ tsp light soy sauce
  • ¾ tsp dark soy sauce
  • 60 ml Shaoxing wine
  • 2 tsp caster sugar, or to taste


  • 1
    For prawn seasoning, combine ingredients in a bowl, mix well and set aside.
  • 2
    Half-fill a large wok with vegetable oil and heat over high heat until almost smoking (about 240C). Add prawns in batches (be careful, hot oil will spit and bubble up) and deep-fry, turning occasionally, until shells turn red (1-2 minutes). Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  • 3
    Return wok to medium-high heat with 1 tbsp frying oil, add prawns and prawn seasoning and stir-fry for 30 seconds to combine, then serve hot topped with spring onion.


Drink Suggestion: Sancerre matches well with the caramelised soy sauce on the prawns. Drink suggestion by Jason Lui