Kung Pao king prawns/ chicken

Chinese is one of my all time favourites so here is a tasty little prawn dish, made distinctive with its sweet n salty sauce, dried chillies and peanuts- it is so quick to make and cheaper + healthier than the take away alternative. You can always use chicken too. If you are, I would marinate it in a little honey, vinegar (shaoxing if you have) and light soy sauce- then cook first fully in the wok in some oil before continuing the recipe (as it takes longer to cook than the prawns).

Ingredients: (serves 4)

For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (dark, if possible)
  • 2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce, (called Kecap Manis but just add extra soy sauce if you can’t get this)
  • 1/2 tsp cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Sprinkle of white pepper (use black if you do not have this)
  • A few crushed Sichuan peppercorns if you can find them
  • 2 tbsp Chinese black vinegar (if you do not have this use 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar and 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar/ white wine vinegar)
  • 1 tbsp sugar or agave nectar (healthier)
  • 1 tbsp sriracha hot sauce

For the stir fry:

  • 7 garlic cloves, chopped (sounds a lot but makes it v tasty)
  • 1 inch ginger, shredded
  • A handful of dried red chillies
  • 2 white onions, chopped into large pieces
  • 3 peppers, I used 2 green and one red, chopped into large pieces
  • Handful of spring onions, cut into large pieces
  • 500g raw king prawns (can use tofu or chicken too)
  • Handful of roasted peanuts
  • Sesame seeds (for garnish)


  1. Mix the sauce ingredients together in a bowl.180B5D35-8CB5-4A23-B29E-6A5A91F7586F.jpg
  2. Heat a wok or large frying pan until hot. Add 2 tbsp oil and throw in the garlic and ginger. Fry for a few seconds until fragrant.9920E254-C43C-43CA-83CD-3B432A491095.jpg
  3. Add in the dried chillies, onions and peppers and stir fry for a few minutes to get soft. Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  4. Add the spring onions, prawns and peanuts.IMG_6526.jpg
  5. When the prawns have nearly turned pink, add in the sauce.IMG_6525
  6. Fry for a few more minutes.
  7. Sprinkle over sesame seeds.IMG_6524
  8. Serve with steamed rice.

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