Tangy Prawn Canapés

This is a simple dish to make as appetizer for your Chinese New Year (CNY) celebrations. It contains prawns (哈哈大笑), and orange (大吉大利) which is very suitable for CNY. I also added shredded lettuce to make it more colourful. You can add more ingredients like carrots or some finely chopped nuts.
I'm submitting this to Aspiring Bakers #15: Auspicious Dishes for CNY (January 2012) hosted by Wen of Wen's Delight.

Recipe for Tangy Prawn Canapés

(Serves at least 6 persons)

24pcs Wanton Skin (square)
24pcs Cooked Shrimps (I used medium size prawns and had to cut them into smaller pieces. If used small shrimps, you can use the whole shrimps)
2 big lettuce leaves, shred very thinly

Tangy Sauce
200g Orange juice
2 tbsp Corn flour
2 tsp Sugar (optional)

  1. To prepare the wanton skin. Place the wanton skin in mini muffin tray. Open up the corners.
  2. Bake in a preheat oven of 180C for 8-10mins, or till browned and crispy.
  3. Leave it to cool before keeping them in an air-tight container (if not used immediately. This can be prepared a day or two in advance.)
  4. To cook the tangy sauce. Place all the ingredients in a saucepan. Stir to mix well before bringing it to a boil. Leave it to cool till tepid.
  5. To assemble. Place some shredded lettuce in the wanton skin cup. Push them in.
  6. Put the cooked shrimp on top, then spoon the tangy sauce into the wanton skin cup.
  7. Served immediately and enjoy!


wensdelight said...
January 9, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Thanks for your submission! This is definitely a great starter for reunion dinner!

Precious Moments66 said...
January 9, 2012 at 7:54 AM

A nice idea.

passionbaker said...
January 9, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Thanks Wendy!

Thecoffeesnob said...
January 10, 2012 at 11:16 PM

I would never have thought to combine prawns and orange but this does sound really intriguing!

Happy new year by the way, Jane!

Veronica Krystle Davis said...
January 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM

This is a pretty appetizer to serve. I am sure you have received lots of OOOs and AAARs!!

Janine @ Not the Kitchen Sink! said...
January 13, 2012 at 9:10 PM

THis is definitely something new, and I love the fact that it combines very traditional chinese flavors :)

teo ai li said...
October 8, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Hi, how do I cook the prawns? Stir frying or in boiling water? How do I achieve crunchy prawns? Do I need to marinate the prawns? Thanks!

Passionate About Baking said...
November 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Hi teo ai li,
Sorry for the delay response. You can just boil them in water as stir frying might be a bit oily. I'm not sure how you can achieve crunchy prawns, but I was told you can soak them in sugar and water first before cooking.
I didn't marinate the prawns as I made orange sauce. You can mix the prawns in some sauce before topping it into the wanton skins. It's up to your imagination how you want to present it.
Hope this helps.

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