Minced Prawn in Lettuce

During my Eastern Religions and Contexts class I had the opportunity to hear from an American-Taiwanese man who shared about second generation culture. It was pretty interesting to hear his point of view on growing up in America with Taiwanese parents. There were certainly points of tension for him growing up with the desire to honor parents but also wanting to fit in at school. After our class, I talked with Eddy for a couple minutes and asked if he had any Taiwanese recipes to share. Thankfully he was kind enough to reach out to his mom and get a traditional recipe for us! Before I share the recipe, let’s just take a minute or two to familiarize ourselves with Taiwan and learn some things we did not know before!

Here are three things that are helpful to know about Taiwan:

  1. Depending on who you talk to, Taiwan is either considered its own independent country or a part of the larger country of China. This has led to some significant political turmoil even though the two countries are closely related. 

  2. There are very distinct foods from certain parts of China/Taiwan. Traveling to a specific region and experiencing their cuisine can lead to tasting different cooking methods, flavors, and spices. 

  3. The religious freedom is different between China and Taiwan. Taiwan is fairly open to Christianity and the missionaries while China has been stricter on the Christian faith. Currently, there is significant persecution on Chinese Christians in China as the government is raiding churches and imprisoning pastors. 

Three ways we can pray for Taiwan/China

  1. Pray for the tense political relations between Taiwan and China. Tensions have been slowly rising for decades but could hit a boiling point. 

  2. Pray that the young people of those countries would see past their grades and financial success. There are enormous pressures placed on getting good grades so that one can get a good paying job to provide for their family. 

  3. Pray that the Christians of those countries would remain faithful to Christ even in the midst of persecutions and family pressures/dishonoring. 

I was a little nervous to attempt this recipe, but the first attempt went well! Brad absolutely loved it and kept saying I needed to make it again so this is certainly a keeper.

Serves 2-3

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb prawn

  • 3 water chestnuts

  • 1 tbsp. chopped green onion

  • 1 tsp. ginger

  • 12 pieces lettuce

  • 12 deep fried dough (or bread)

  • 1 tsp White wine vinegar/red wine vinegar

  • 1/2 egg white

  • salt

  • pepper

  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

  • 1 tbsp green onion

  • Ginger water

  • sesame oil (or sesame seeds if you don’t have sesame oil)

Marinades:

Marinade #1: Mix together 1/3 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. wine, a pinch pepper, 1/2 egg white,  1 tbsp. cornstarch, 1 tbsp. green onion and ginger water

Marinade #2: Mix together 1/4 tsp. salt, a little pepper and 2 tsp sesame oil

Directions:

  1. Make marinade #1 and put in bowl.

  2. Clean prawn. Pat dry and chop finely. Marinate in (#1) for 10 minutes. Trim lettuce into a round cup while prawns marinate.

  3. Chop water chestnuts finely. Cut dough or bread slice into a circle. Deep-fry in hot oil, remove, put on to plate and lightly press it.

  4. Run chopped prawn through hot oil, and fry until pink. Fry water chestnuts, chopped green onion and ginger with 2 tbsp oil. Stir quickly and add in marinade #2 , stir well. Scoop out of the oil into bowl or colander.

  5. Scoop over deep fried dough. Serve in lettuce cup.