“I grew up in Saudi Arabia and had access to the best prawns ever, coming straight out of the Red Sea. I remember prawns being a regular staple on our dinner table and my mother probably had 161 different ways to prepare them and each way was delicious! The best part of having prawns was the sucking on the head of the prawns, the peeling of the prawns, the sweetness of the meat and the ultimate part was licking your fingers of the sauces after peeling them. A tedious ritual just to get the meat out but the memories of the family sitting together all happily licking, slurping and savouring the delicious prawns is one of the happiest memories I have of my family dinners.
On my recent trip to Singapore with my husband for a food festival, I fell in love with the Chilli Crab dish they had there and this is my own Chinese interpretation of it with prawns. I use the Chiu Chow Chilli Oil in this dish for that a deeper and more savoury chili flavour” – Sandia Chang