Szechuan sweet & sour prawns
My take on Chinese take-away
With sticky, spicy prawns and caramelised pineapple,
this is better than a take-away any day!
300 g pineapple
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
2 cloves of garlic
1-2 fresh red chillies
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger
24 peeled raw king prawns
groudnut oil, or vegetable oil
150 ml unsweetened pineapple juice
3 tablespoons rice or white wine vinegar
1 tabelspoon low-salt soy sauce
½ tabelspoon cornflour
½ bunch of fresh coriander
Peel and slice the pineapple lengthways into 8 wedges, then cut out and discard the woody core. Preheat a large griddle pan over a high heat, add the pineapple for 4 minutes, or until charred and bar-marked, turning occasionally, then remove to a board to cool. Meanwhile, halve, deseed and finely slice the peppers lengthways. Add to the griddle for about 3 minutes, or until slightly softened and bar-marked, turning halfway.
Peel the garlic and deseed the chillies, then roughly chop and place into a pestle and mortar. Bash with a pinch of salt to a rough paste. Peel, finely chop and add the ginger, then bash until broken down and combined. Place the chilli paste into a large bowl with the prawns and a splash of oil, then mix well.
Heat a lug of oil in a large wok or non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the prawn mixture and fry for 3 to 4 minutes, or until just cooked through. Meanwhile, chop the cooled pineapple into bite-sized chunks. In a bowl, combine the pineapple juice, vinegar, soy, cornflour and a splash of water, then add to the wok with the chargrilled pineapple and peppers. Bring to the boil, then simmer over a low heat for about 2 minutes, or until thickened and reduced. Pick over the coriander leaves, then serve with steamed rice.