• Prep Time 30 minutes
  • Cook Time 20 minutes
  • Serving For 4 people
  • Difficulty Normal

Recipe Description

Fried prawns coated with salted egg yolk is another Chinese New Year favourite. This recipe was first published in Flavours. 

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Recipe Ingredient

  • 350g prawns (medium-sized; shelled, tail intact)
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 1tsp salt
  • 3 salted egg yolks (steamed and mashed)
  • 1/2cup tapioca flour or cornflour
  • palm oil for deep-frying
  • Seasoning:
  • 2stalks curry leaves
  • 5 - 6 tbsp evaporated milk
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 3 - 4 bird’s eye chillies (sliced)
  • 80g margarine
  • 1tsp chicken stock granules
  • salt to taste (optional)


  1. Rub the prawns with salt and sugar.
  2. Separate the salted egg yolk from the whites, and steam yolks for 5 to 7 minutes. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork and set aside.
  3. Place the tapioca flour in a bowl and toss in the marinated prawns, shaking off excess flour.
  4. Heat oil in a wok.
  5. Deep fry the prawns over high heat until just cooked, drain of excess oil and set aside.
  6. Place the margarine in another wok. Once it melts, toss in the egg yolks and the rest of the seasoning ingredients. Stir until the mixture becomes a paste. Then add the prawns and stir gently so that they are thoroughly coated with the paste. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

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5 thoughts on “Salted Egg Yolk Prawns”

  1. Lilian Saw - November 29, 2018 at 10:30 pm


  2. Jamaliyah Ambia - February 11, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    I love this recipe. Will surely try to cook it myself.

  3. Stephen - February 12, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Very Interesting

  4. Richh Wu - February 16, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Wonderful !!!

  5. GlueBall - February 21, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    The menu says “shelled” prawns but not de-veined, whereas the photo shows them de-veined.


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