Sesame Fried Head-on Prawns with Cucumber Kimchi and Korean Chile Aioli (Ming Tsai) Recipe

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  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the panko, sesame seeds, and chile flakes. Season the prawns with salt and pepper and coat well with the flour. Dip the flour-coated prawns into the egg and then the panko mixture.
  2. Prepare a fryer or medium heavy pot one-third full with the oil and heat over high heat to 350 degrees F. Add the prawns to the oil and fry until golden and crispy. Remove the prawns and drain on paper towels, sprinkle with salt.
  3. On an oval plate, place a small mound of rice topped with the kimchi. Place two of the prawns over the kimchi and drizzle with the Aioli. Garnish with the sliced scallions.
  4. Beverage: Gewurtztraminer
  5. Kimchi:
  6. Sprinkle the kosher salt on the flesh-side of the cucumbers and then place them flesh-side down in a perforated pan for about 3 hours. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the onion, carrot, ginger, garlic, fish sauce, chile flakes, sugar, and black pepper. When the 3 hours have passed, rinse the cucumbers well with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Slice the cucumbers into 1/8-inch half-moon shapes and add to the bowl.
  7. In a saucepan, bring the vinegar to a simmer and pour it into the bowl of vegetables. Cover the bowl tightly and let it sit at room temperature for 24 hours before serving.
  8. Aioli:
  9. In a food processor, puree the egg yolks, chile paste, sugar, and garlic. While the processor is running, slowly add the canola oil and the sesame oil until the mixture begins to thicken. Add the vinegar, and season with the salt and pepper. Add a little cold water if the aioli is too thick.
  11. Food Network Kitchens suggest caution in consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs due to the slight risk of Salmonella or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, we recommend you use only fresh, properly-refrigerated, clean, grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 730.79 Kcal (3060 kJ)
Calories from fat 432.09 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 48.01g 74%
Cholesterol 110.11mg 37%
Sodium 1894.38mg 79%
Potassium 370.25mg 8%
Total Carbs 63.4g 21%
Sugars 11.97g 48%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Protein 13.01g 26%
Vitamin C 8.6mg 14%
Vitamin A 0.3mg 11%
Iron 2.6mg 15%
Calcium 65.4mg 7%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 158.94 Kcal (665 kJ)
Calories from fat 93.98 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.44g 74%
Cholesterol 23.95mg 37%
Sodium 412.02mg 79%
Potassium 80.53mg 8%
Total Carbs 13.79g 21%
Sugars 2.6g 48%
Dietary Fiber 1.09g 20%
Protein 2.83g 26%
Vitamin C 1.9mg 14%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 11%
Iron 0.6mg 15%
Calcium 14.2mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 17.8
  • 20

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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