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Vietnamese Grilled Prawn on Sugarcane - Chao tom

I was terribly shocked to ascertain contemporary sugar cane selling at my native fruit look recently. the primary factor that came to mind after I saw the contemporary sugar cane was creating chạo tôm. Chạo tôm is seasoned prawn paste wrapped around sugar cane stick, then steamed to line it’s form and finished off with grilled or deep fried. The prawn meat is interrupt the sugar cane and wrapped in lettuce with contemporary herbs and dipped with fish sauce. i assumed I might resist chewing on the sugar cane afterwards, however the sweet juice of the sugar cane is tough to resist.

Chạo Tôm – (Vietnamese Prawn on Sugar Cane)
Makes 12

Prawn paste
1kg prawn, peeled and deveined (net 600 grams prawn meat)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons shallot, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoosn ground white pepper
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 egg
1.5 tablespoons cornflour
12 sugar cane skewers (skin removed and quartered into 15 cm lengths)
1 small lettuce (soft leaves)
2 cups Vietnamese herb leaves (mint leaves, perilla leaves)
1 cucumber, sliced in half and cut into wedges
1/2 cup fish sauce dipping sauce

Roughly chopped the prawn meat and put into bowl. Add garlic, salt, sugar, white pepper, fish sauce, egg and cornflour and combine well. Transfer mixture to a food processor and process until smooth. Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Prepare a steamer with water ready for steaming. Line the tray with baking paper and oil the baking paper.
Apply oil to one hand, then use the other hand to put 1.5 tablespoons of prawn paste in the palm of your hand, spreading it out to an even layer. Put a sugarcane stick on top and in the centre of the paste leaving the two ends sticking out. Then close your hand to wrap around the stick and continue shaping it by rotating the stick. Set on the prepared steamer tray.

Steam the prawn sticks over boiling water for 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside to cool.
Preheat grill. Brush some oil onto the prawn skewers and chargrill until golden brown.
To serve, remove the prawn meat from the sugar can stick and cut into 4 strips. Wrap each in a small piece of lettuce with herbs and dip in the sauce. The prawn meat can also be wrapped with rice paper with vermicelli noodles and herbs.

This is my contribution to Delicious Vietnam, a monthly blogging event celebrating Vietnamese cuisine created by A Food Lovers Journey and Ravenous Couple.


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