Chili Prawns (Sambal Goreng Udang)

My tomatoes are finally turning red! They’re beautiful! Oh yeah.. a little stray, late blooming strawberry got in there 🙂

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So what do I do with all these tomatoes? The cherry tomatoes are sweet, delicious and healthy snacks, though I still can’t figure out how to get my daughter to eat them. The beefy tomatoes are sweet too. I usually cut them up and mix them in my salad or sneak them into my daughter’s omelette, but since I have a few of them, a couple went into my dinner this week: Chili Prawns.

Now.. this recipe is something I made up. The authentic recipe involves lemongrass, shrimp paste, and tamarind juice, I think. I like easy and fast to cook recipes and this recipe is both of those.


  • 1 lb large white shrimps, shelled and deveined
  • 1 package firm tofu, sliced into short strips
  • 2 medium tomatoes. roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 Thai chili peppers, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoon sweet soy sauce, or to taste
  • sugar to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons oilPhoto Aug 13, 7 23 59 PMPhoto Aug 13, 7 28 55 PMPhoto Aug 13, 7 43 08 PM


  • In a bowl, mix 1 clove of the finely chopped garlic and 2 teaspoons soy sauce with the shrimps. Set aside.
  • Optional: Deep fry the tofu strips and set aside. You don’t have to deep fry them, which is probably healthier but I like them deep fried better. You can also get creative and use fried/baked tempeh in this recipe. I used tofu because I bought a box of 4 from Costco so this is one of the ways I’m using them.
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  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok. When shimmering, add the shrimps to flash fry them. Remove from wok and set aside. This is also an optional step but I like the brown color of the sear on the shrimps.
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  • In the same wok, heat 2 tablespoons of oil. Add garlic and the Thai peppers. If you’re cooking for kids like I am, I recommend using no more than 1 Thai pepper. If you and your kids can tolerate spicy food, then add as many as you want. Add tomatoes and simmer for a few minutes to break down the tomatoes.
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    Mash the big chunks with your spatula. This is what you’ll end up with.
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  • Add your seasonings to taste: sweet soy sauce, sugar, salt and pepper. Then add the shrimps and tofu, and coat them completely with sauce.
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  • If you didn’t pre-cook your shrimps or deep fry your tofu, don’t add them all at once. Add the shrimps first and let them cook for a few minutes, then add the tofu and cook again for a few minutes. Remove and serve.

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I like to eat this shrimp dish over rice. So good! Hope you’ll like it too!

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