Friday, May 3, 2013

Sien's Charcoal Grilled Prawns (serves 8 as part of a shared meal)

On our recent visit to Vietnam my cousin Sien (aka Tinh--owner of Cafe Moc) and his wife invited us over to their cafe for dinner one evening.  A few of the cousins set a large table in his cafe and ordered some hot pot and other prepared food from a local restaurant.  Sien took my husband by motorbike to a local seafood market and bought some large fresh water crabs and large prawns.  He boiled the crab and grilled the prawns in a homemade grill.  He burned the charcoal pieces over a stove until they were red hot and then put them in a medium size metal bowl. He places a small grill rack on top of the metal bowl and this became his spur of the moment grill!  This type of grilling takes lots of patience but it makes excellent tasting food!  By nightfall we were all stuffed full with the amazingly good food!  Thank you Sien, To Thanh, Hui Chieu and Nha!!

Sien's Charcoal Grilled Prawns (serves 8 as part of a shared meal)


2 kilograms of large tiger shrimp or prawns, washed well and drained


Grill the prawns for about 7-10 minutes on each side or until they cooked (when they turned completely pink) thorough.  Dip the prawns in a salt, black pepper and lemon juice mixture. Delicious!

the master chef in his own kitchen
(I had no idea Sien can cook.
Although I was not surprised!
He is a guy with many talents.)
Sien preparing the charcoal pieces for
grilling in his tiny kitchen
(remember the size of one's kitchen does not
correlate to quality and tasty food)
tiger shrimp or prawns
home-made grill
perfectly grilled prawns
enjoying a fun evening with a few of my cousins
*If you are making a similar grill be careful not to burn yourself and/or ruin your counter or floor.  Sien puts his grill over some damp towels and on a heat resistance tile.  I think this is a great idea for camping.  I will have to try this the next time I am out in the woods and want some grill food!
*All of my cousins, brothers and I have two names.  We each have a Vietnamese name and a Chinese name.  Our Vietnamese names are the official names and we use these names when we are outside our homes (ie., work or in school).  Among our family we are known mostly for our Chinese names.  It can be confusing since I do not know all of my cousin's Vietnamese name.  Recently one of my cousins found me on Facebook and for a long time I had no idea who she was! 

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