1、Hot & sour broth with prawns

This healthy starter takes just 15 minutes to make and is a cleansing way to kick off a Chinese meal

Hot & sour broth with prawns recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • thumb-size piece ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 small hot red chillies, thinly sliced
  • 3 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 300g small raw peeled prawns, from a sustainable source

Method

Cook for 1 min, then add the prawns to heat through. Serve in small bowls or cups.
https://www.truecookbook.com/recipe/hot-sour-broth-with-prawns-6443/

2、Chocolate & almond puds with boozy hot chocolate sauce

These make-ahead puds are easy, but look glamorous
Chocolate & almond puds with boozy hot chocolate sauce recipe

Ingredients

Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter 2 x 150ml dariole moulds, scatter in the flaked almonds so they stick to the base and sides and put on a small baking tray. Beat the butter, sugar, egg, flour, ground almonds and cocoa powder together, then divide between the moulds. Bake for 20-25 mins until a skewer comes out clean.
  2. Meanwhile, for the sauce, melt all the ingredients in a small pan and keep warm.
  3. Carefully turn the cakes out of their moulds and sit on 2 plates (the same way up as they baked). Serve with vanilla ice cream, the hot chocolate sauce, espressos and a splash more Disaronno.

3、Egg fried rice with prawns & peas

Make your own takeaway favourite with this Chinese-style rice one pot flavoured with soy and chilli
Egg fried rice with prawns & peas recipe

Ingredients

  • 250g basmati rice
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and shredded
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 200g frozen pea
  • 1 bunch spring onions, finely sliced
  • 285g pack cooked small prawns
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce, plus extra for serving, if you like

Method

  1. Put the rice in a saucepan with 600ml water. Bring to boil, cover, then simmer for 10 mins or until almost all the water has gone. Leave off the heat, covered, for 5 mins more.
  2. Heat the oil in wok or large frying pan. Add the garlic and chilli, then cook for 10 secs – making sure not to let it burn. Throw in the cooked rice, stir fry for 1 min, then push to the side of the pan. Pour the eggs into the empty side of the pan, then scramble them, stirring. Once just set, stir the peas and spring onions into the rice and egg, then cook for 2 mins until the peas are tender. Add the prawns and soy sauce, heat through, then serve with extra soy sauce on the side, if you like.

4、Spaghetti with prawns, chilli & rocket

A fresh, summery spaghetti dish packed full of seafood and spice
Spaghetti with prawns, chilli & rocket recipe

Ingredients

  • 400g spaghetti
  • 2 long red chillies
  • 100ml extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra
  • 200g bag frozen, shelled cooked prawn, defrosted
  • 2x50g bags wild rocket

Method

  1. Cook the spaghetti in boiling salted water according to pack instructions.
  2. While the spaghetti is cooking, split the chillies down the centre lengthways. Using a teaspoon and starting at the top, scoop the seeds from the flesh - add these if you like your food hot. Using a sharp knife, cut the chillies in thin strips, bundle them together and cut across to make squares.
  3. Drain the spaghetti, toss with a drizzling of olive oil and set aside. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan or sauté pan over a high heat and add the prawns. Stir in the chillies, season, then add the spaghetti. Remove from the heat, fold through the rocket and stir.

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