I do not often cook with salted eggs, but some I’ve cooked so far all impressed me. This is to introduce a Vietnamese food made with salted eggs. Salted eggs can be found easily at Asian supermarkets, however I wonder whether they are easy to get from other Western countries.
Salted eggs are not my frequently used ingredients, so I have little information about them. Just know how to cook them in certain dishes. This dish has a mild flavor, not very salty as I didn’t use extra salt to season. The only saltiness was of the salted eggs. I could enjoy the dish just like this, but of course you can season more salt to your taste. Or you can prepare a small dish containing a little salt mixed with a few drops of lime juice to serve with the prawns.
The dish is best to serve while hot.
Ingredients: (serves 3-4)
- 300g large prawns, head cut off
- vegetable oil, to fry
- 3 or 4 salted egg yolks
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 yellow onion, cut into wedges
- 1 large red chili, shredded
- 1 green onion, shredded
- Wash the prawns well, drain. Heat the oil (about 3 tbs, no need to deep-fry) in a large frying pan. Add the prawns and fry until they are cooked and all red. Remove from the pan.
- Meanwhile, toss the salted egg yolks with about 1 tsp vegetable oi, place in a steamer to cook for about 10 minutes until done. Mash the yolks with a fork.
- Heat the frying pan again with a little oil, add the garlic and cook until fragrant (not brown). Then add the onion, chili and mashed salted egg yolks, stir well. Return the fried prawns to the pan and toss quickly for 1-2 mintues over high heat. Season with salt (if necessary).
- Sprinkle shredded green onion before serving.