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  • 500g raw peeled prawns
  • ginger, finely grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp coriander, chopped
  • black and white sesame seeds
  • 6 slices white bread
  • 300ml vegetable oil, for shallow frying


  • 100g palm sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 red chillies, chopped
  • ½ red pepper, seeds removed, chopped
  • ginger, finely chopped
  • galangal, finely chopped
  • 2 lime leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 lemongrass, finely chopped
  • ½ small bunch coriander, roughly chopped
  • 40ml rice vinegar
  • 20ml fish sauce


  • STEP 1

    For the jam, put the sugar into a pan with 200ml of water over a low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Turn up the heat and cook until a caramel forms the colour of a rusty penny.

  • STEP 2

    Add all of the remaining ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes until it reaches a jam-like consistency.

  • STEP 3

    For the prawn toast, pat the prawns dry and split them in half. Put half of the prawns in a food processor with the ginger, garlic, soy sauce, fish sauce and rice vinegar, and blend to a smooth paste.

  • STEP 4

    Chop the other half of the prawns into thin slices and put in a mixing bowl with the chilli, coriander and the blended prawns, and mix well.

  • STEP 5

    Spread the prawn mixture onto the bread slices about ½cm thick and then sprinkle the sesame seeds on top and pat them down to secure.

  • STEP 6

    Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the toasts in batches, prawn-side down, for 2 minutes, flip over and fry for another 2 minutes. Remove and leave to dry on some kitchen paper while you fry the rest.


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