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Rita’s first course recipe from week 3 of Come Dine With Me Australia.
Remove the heads from the prawns, then shell the prawns, leaving the tail attached for presentation.
Start with 1.5 litres of water, add one tablespoon each of crab paste & prawn paste, one tablespoon of Tom Yum paste (optional: add more if you require more spice); add one tablespoon of kaffir lime leaves (or four whole leaves); add half a cup of finely sliced ginger and 2 tablespoons of finely sliced lemongrass;
Boil all for a half hour, then add the juice from 1 whole lemon, 4 tablespoons of brown sugar, the roots of 1 bunch of coriander and 12 prawn heads
Add 1 tablespoon of salt and 2 cloves of garlic, chopped finely. Boil for 10 minutes on high; remove prawn heads 5 minutes before serving, adding 1 thinly sliced carrot, 8 finely sliced button mushrooms, and the remainder of the coriander bunch, sliced thinly, and the 12 whole prawns, and add 1 teaspoon of salt to the pot.
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