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Steamed Drunken Prawns

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Steamed Drunken prawns (醉虾) is a dish which is unbelievably cheap and easy to prepare at home, but if you were to order it at the restaurant, be prepared to pay many, many times more than it would cost you to prepare it at home. Seafood is always so expensive when it is ordered outside.

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Drunken Prawns

This recipe uses live prawns, but don’t flame me, this is usually how the dish is prepared in Chinese restaurants. That’s why they have tanks of live seafood (fish, lobster, prawns). You can always substitute with non-live prawns if you are not comfortable with using live prawns. I bought live prawns from Farmart, but you can easily find them at selected Shing Sheong or NTUC supermarkets :)

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40 Responses to “Steamed Drunken Prawns”

  1. Mrs Ergül — November 10, 2009 @ 10:09 am

    I love seafood so it is wiser to prepare them at home! Love this dish too!


    • wiffy replied: — November 11th, 2009 @ 11:54 am

      yes seafood cooks quick and the raw ingredients aren’t expensive at all :)


  2. reena — December 5, 2009 @ 1:41 am

    I can’t do this with live prawns, I always pre-marinate chinese cooking wine (sometimes I use Martel) on dead but fresh prawns. During wedding dinners, will always keep some stomach space for this dish. But unfortunately, not many will serve this dish for their weddings now.


    • wiffy replied: — December 5th, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

      Yeah I seldom see this dish during Chinese weddings too. Usually they serve more fancy prawn dishes. I like the idea of using Martel. :-)


  3. Angie — March 14, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

    Another winner! I tweaked it a little and added the Chinese herb yu zhu.


    • wiffy replied: — March 14th, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

      The addition of yu zhu sounds good, I’ll try it next time too. Thanks for sharing :)


  4. yanny — November 19, 2010 @ 9:51 am

    I think cooking live prawns is quite ‘humane’ if it’s drunken prawns.. Because they’re already dead drunk by the time you cook them.. :-P


  5. yanny — November 19, 2010 @ 9:56 am

    No need salt in recipe?


  6. Mich — January 6, 2013 @ 6:17 pm

    Not sure if you would mind this silly question but don’t we need to wash the prawns first ? I know they are live, but how do we know the waters they are stored in are clean ?

    Also, 2 tbsp can barely cover the prawns so I suppose only some of them can ingest the wine ?
    Thanks in advance! I absolutely love your website. :D


  7. SeL — October 1, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    Thanks for the recipe!
    When I told my mum on having this @ home
    She made it sound like it was rocket science! Lol
    Gona show her how simple it is!

    Thank You! :-)



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