It's no secret that I love Asian food - Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Indonesian, Singaporean, etc. When we went to Singapore in November, I would always scour the shelves of the neighborhood grocery store for interesting finds. One of them was a bottle of chili prawns. I knew I needed to take it home and this was the result.
tamarind sauce (bottled)
bottled chili prawn or sambal belacan (whatever you have)
Let's do this!
Heat oil in a pan. Add the belacan or chili prawn and stir fry until fragrant. This process really stings the eyes and will make you cough. Add the shrimps and stir fry for a minute. Add the water ( just a little), tamarind sauce (about a tablespoon or two), salt and sugar. Let the mixture boil and turn off heat. Serve with rice, sliced cucumbers and salted peanuts.