Here’s the thing! Having grown up in Hong Kong and being half Chinese , you would expect I would have come across these delicious Sesame Prawn Toasts at some point in my childhood…but it was only when I lived in England I came across these delights! They are available in every Chinese restaurant and I fell in love with them instantly. You would have thought they were a Chinese dish, maybe they are, but I have never come across them on my dining experiences in the Far East.There is something similar in Thailand, but not like the ones I have eaten so many times in the UK Chinese restaurants. So I cannot really say these are Chinese, although the flavours are certainly chinese, and they can be found in every Chinese restaurant in the UK! I guess it’s a Western version of Prawn wonton!
If prawns are expensive where you live, you can make up the mix using half prawns and half minced chicken. That is also very delicious! Served as a side or starter, with some sweet chili sauce, it makes for a very pleasing taste bud tickler!
2 Slices of bread, crusts removed.
12 medium size RAW prawns, cleaned, shelled & deveined.
2 Teaspoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon Sesame Oil
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons cold water
Enough oil to fill a fry pan to 1/2 inch.
1. In a blender mince the prawns then transfer to a bowl and add all the marinade ingredients except the bread and sesame seeds. Combine everything well.
2..Remove crusts from the bread and cut into quarters to make triangles like in the photo.
3. Fill a shallow plate with a few tablespoons of sesame seeds and set aside.
4. Using a teaspoon, scoop approximately 1 1/2 teaspoons of prawn mixture on to each triangle of bread and smooth over, then place prawn side down in the sesame seeds and push gently so the seeds stick. Turn them back over and place on a plate ready for cooking.
5. Heat the oil in a frying pan, and when hot, place the toasts bread side down first. Don’t over crowd the pan as you need some space to turn the toasts over.
6. When golden brown, turn the toasts over and cook the other side. It should only take 2 or so minutes. If they start to burn, turn the heat down a little. Once they are done, place on kitchen paper to drain.
Serve with some Sweet chili sauce, sweet and sour sauce or some Chicken & Sweetcorn Soup! Delicious!
I served my Crispy Sesame Prawn Toasts, with some Home made Chicken & Sweetcorn Egg Drop Soup, very delicious! Click on the photo below if you would like to see how to make them!