Salted Egg Yolk Prawns or 牛油黃金虾, is one of the best dishes you can ever have. The prawns are fried to a crispy perfection and then they are coated with that creamy and delicious egg yolk sauce. Once combined together, you will have a dish that is totally out of this world. Plus, it’s insanely simple to make and will be a favorite among your family and friends.
Salted Egg Yolk Prawns
If you’re ever visiting China during the time of the Mid-Autumn Festival, one of the most common ingredients you’ll find being used is one known as the “Salted Egg Yolk” or 牛油黃金虾 in Chinese.
This ingredient is a delicacy because it resembles the moon as both of them are a round circular shape. Because of this, it is commonly used in various types of Chinese dishes during this holiday.
However one such dish that utilizes it the most is the “Salted Egg Yolk Prawns”.
Growing up, I always see this dish being served on the menus of many Chinese restaurants. It always intrigued me because it had such a unique flavor with an eggy taste. Whenever I ate this dish, I would always wonder how exactly it was made. After all, the outside shell was extremely crispy while the inside was still tender and juicy and filled with that delicious eggy flavor.
It wasn’t until I grew up that I finally learned how to make this dish.
I was casually walking around the streets of Taiwan and I saw a local restaurant cooking this dish out in the open. So I literally just went up to the chef and asked how he made them. And amazingly enough, he spilled the beans and I finally learned the secrets of making this amazing dish.
It was surprisingly pretty simple to make.
However his method uses curry leaves which I simply can not find anywhere in the states. I could order it online, but when I saw the sky high prices of the curry leaves, I decided to leave them out.
The dish itself without the curry leaves still tastes amazingly delicious. And that’s what I’m going to be showing you all today.
Why This Recipe Works?
- This dish is extremely creamy and crispy which makes the prawns taste absolutely amazing. You get the nice flavors of salted eggs combined with a buttery base that makes for an exceptionally tasty dish.
- Depending on how many chili peppers you use, you can also make this dish become a spicy dish too! In this recipe we use only 2 chili peppers to give it a nice kick which makes it even more enjoyable.
- By frying the prawns first, we ensure that the prawns will have a nice crispy skin on the outside which also traps the flavors of the prawns inside. This way when you eat the prawns, you’ll get a burst of flavor with each and every bite.
What Is Salted Egg Yolks?
For those that don’t know what a salted egg yolk is, it is basically a cured duck egg that is used for fillings of various types of foods. It is considered to be a delicacy in Chinese cultures and is most commonly used in many festive dishes during certain holidays.
The reason for this is because the salted egg yolks resembles a round ball shape which symbolizes the moon. Which is why during the Mid-Autumn Festival season, you can typically find many foods like mooncakes, steamed buns, egg custards and more all utilizing this ingredient.
Now depending on where you go to buy these salted egg yolks, you can either find them inside of a whole egg or just the yolks themselves. These eggs have been preserved for many months in brine which helps produce such a vibrantly bright orange color.
You can typically find these egg yolks being sold at any of your local Asian supermarkets. Simply head on down to the egg section of the market and they should be stocked over there.
The taste however is a bit hard to describe. It is a bit salty yet sweet while also having a tad bit of savoriness to it as well. But other than that, it is simple a delight to eat.
Ingredients To Make Salted Egg Yolk Prawns
The ingredients you’ll need to make Salted Egg Yolk Prawns / 牛油黃金虾 can all be found at your local Asian supermarket.
Basically, you will need the following:
- Prawns – 1 Pound of Prawns
- Salted Egg Yolk – 5 Salted Egg Yolks
- Butter – 1/2 a Stick of Butter
- Chicken Bouillon Powder – 1/2 Tablespoon Chicken Bouillon Powder
- Garlic – 2 Cloves Garlic (Minced)
- Sugar – 1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
- Thai Red Chili Pepper – 2 Thai Red Chili Pepper (Chopped)
- Potato Starch – 4 to 5 Tablespoons of Potato Starch
- Salt – 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
- Ground White Pepper – 1/2 Teaspoon of Ground White Pepper
- Curry Leaves (Optional)
- Egg – (Optional)
How To Make Salted Egg Yolk Prawns
Making Salted Egg Yolk Prawns / 牛油黃金虾 are a very simple thing to do.
Basically the process to make the prawns is as followed:
Prepping The Salted Egg Yolks
Using your favorite steaming method, steam your salted egg yolks for around 15 to 20 minutes.
Once they are finished steaming, turn off the heat and place the bowl of salted egg yolks on a counter top. Then using a fork or a food processor, mash the egg yolks until they are as fine as they can be. Then set them aside.
Making The Salted Egg Yolk Prawns
First thing you’ll want to do is to grab a bowl and fill it with some potato starch.
Then toss your prawns inside the potato starch until they are all nicely coated with the potato starch.
(Optional) You can also crack an egg into a bowl and stir it around. Then you can dip the prawns into the egg before you coat them with the potato starch. This is optional.
After that, grab a large wok or skillet and fill it with some oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot enough, add in your prawns coated with potato starch into the oil. Let it cook around for about 10 minutes or so until the prawns are nicely crispy and golden.
Once your prawns are fully cooked, turn off the heat and transfer the prawns to a plate or a bowl.
Grab a new skillet or wok and add some butter inside over medium-high heat.
Once the butter has melted, add in your chopped garlic and chopped Thai red chili peppers. Stir things around for a bit until fragrant.
Then add in your mashed salted egg yolks, sugar, chicken bouillon powder, salt and ground white pepper into the mixture. Stir things around for a minute or so.
(Optional) If you have curry leaves, you can toss them in as well.
Then add in your fried prawns into the skillet or wok and then toss them around in the sauce so that they are evenly coated. Then turn off the heat.
How To Store/Keep For Future Eating
Storing these Salted Egg Yolk Prawns / 牛油黃金虾 are a relatively easy thing to do.
Basically, if you have any leftovers remaining then you can easily store them for another day. All you have to do is to simply wrap them up with some plastic wrap or you can put them inside of an air-tight container. Then you can place it in the fridge where it should remain good for up to 3 days.
As for freezing, you’ll be happy to know that you can also freeze this dish very easily. Basically with the same process, you’ll just need to wrap the prawns up in some plastic wrap or just put them inside an air-tight container. Then you can place it in the freezer where it should be good for 2 to 3 months.
When wanting to re-heat this dish, simply thaw the prawns first if frozen, then cook it on the stove over medium-high heat. Once the prawns is nice and hot again then it is ready to eat.
FAQS About This Recipe
The traditional way is that you’ll have to leave the shells on. This way all the flavors will infuse together especially with the shell that’ll make the prawns more tasty.
If you are wanting to buy salted egg yolks, you can typically find them being sold at any Asian supermarkets. Just head to the section where they sell eggs and you should see some packs of salted egg yolks being placed right next to them.
Yes of course! It is totally fine to eat the shells of the prawns. After all, it is fried to a crispy perfection and is coated with that delicious sauce.
Tips To Make The Best Tasting Salted Egg Yolk Prawns
- Make sure to fry the prawns until they are nice and crispy. By having the prawns become crispy in nature, this means that you can also eat the shells too if you so want.
- Use more salted egg yolks if you want a creamier texture. This recipe calls for 5 salted egg yolks, but if you want the dish to become more creamier, then you can use more.
- Buy large prawns. Large prawns typically have more meat inside them which makes this dish a lot more enjoyable. Small prawns can work too but their isn’t really a lot for you to eat.
Salted Egg Yolk Prawns Recipe (牛油黃金虾)
- 1 Pound Prawns
- 5 Salted Egg Yolk
- 1/2 Stick Butter
- 1/2 Tablespoon Chicken Bouillon Powder
- 2 Clove Garlic Minced
- 1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
- 2 Thai Red Chili Peppers Chopped
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon Ground White Pepper
- 5 Tablespoon Potato Starch
- Curry Leaves
- 1 Egg Cracked into a bowl
Prepping The Salted Egg Yolk
- Using your favorite steaming method, steam your salted egg yolks for around 15 to 20 minutes or until they are really soft.After steaming, use a fork or a spoon and mash your salted egg yolks into tiny pieces. If you want, you can also use a food processor to do this step.Then set it aside.
Making The Salted Egg Yolk Prawns
- Grab a bowl and fill it with some potato starch.Then grab your prawns and lightly coat them in with the potato starch.(Optional) You can crack an egg into a bowl and mix it around. Then dip your prawns into the egg before you coat them with the potato starch. This is optional.Then set the prawns aside.
- Grab a skillet or pan and pour some oil into it over medium-high heat.Once the oil is hot enough, add in your coated prawns and fry them for about 10 minutes or until they are fully cooked and golden brown.Then turn off the heat and set the prawns aside.
- Grab another wok or skillet and add your butter into it over medium heat.Once your butter has melted, add in your minced garlic and chopped Thai red chili peppers. Then mix it around and let it cook for about 1 minute or so until fragrant.Now add in your mashed salted egg yolks, chicken bouillon powder, sugar, salt, and ground white pepper. Then stir things around for a minute or so until it becomes a sauce.(Optional) You can add in curry leaves at this time if you have them.
- Once the sauce is ready, add in your fried prawns and quickly coat them around in the sauce. Then turn off the heat.Serve immediately.
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