When it comes to cooking to impress – not everyone has it in the bag. Good thing Kim from The Kitchen Collective is here to bail you out.
Born and bred in KZN, Kim grew up in a melting pot of cultures and cuisines that comes with living in Durban. Gaining experience at the fine dining kitchen of La Colombe in Constantia, it goes without saying that she knows her way around a kitchen.
This super simple prawn and fried rice meal is something nearly anyone can do, so why not slap on an apron and earn a few bonus points for your next date night in.
Simple prawn and fried rice meal
- 1/2 Cup Cooked Jasmine rice cooled
- 12 Prawns head peeled, but tail on
- 1 Onion cut into strips
- 3 Spring onions chopped
- 4 Leaves Swiss chard (or any crisp, green leafy vegetable)
- 2 Cloves garlic peeled and minced
- 1 Egg
- 2 Tbsp Soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp Oyster sauce
- 1 Pinch of sugar optional
- 1 Tbsp Oil for frying
- Prik Nam Pla (chilies in fish sauce)
- 5 Red chilies deseeded
- 3 Tbsp Fish sauce
- 1/2 Lime
Step 1 - Fried rice
- Take a leaf of Swiss chard, slice it in half along the spine, and then slice it into 1cm sized strips.
- Turn the stove on to a medium-high, heat up the wok (or frying pan), and add a tablespoon of oil.
- Once the oil is hot, add the garlic and stir fry for about 15 seconds, until it gets nice and fragrant.
- Next, toss in the prawns, and fry for about 30 seconds – the prawns should start to turn pink and feel firmer.
- Add in 1/2 of your rice to soak up all those delicious prawn juices and oils. Stir fry for about 10 more seconds.
- Move all the rice to one side of the pan, and then crack the egg into the empty side.
- Stir the egg, let it cook for a few seconds, and then start to mix it up with the rice and prawns.
- Keep stir-frying until the egg is fully cooked, and then add in the rest of your rice, and give it a quick stir.
- Add the soy sauce, oyster sauce and a pinch of sugar (optional), and continue stir-frying your rice, making sure all the sauce is mixed in.
- Add the chopped chard and onions, and stir fry until the vegetables wilt, but are still crisp.
- Lastly, toss in your spring onions and stir for a few more seconds.
- Dish your fried rice onto two plates and serve with lime wedges.
Step 2 - Prik Nam Pla (Chilies in fish sauce)
- Add 3 tablespoons of fish sauce to a small bowl.
- Slice about 5 red chilies and add them to the fish sauce (you can add more or less, up to you).
- Finally, squeeze in the juice from a lime.
- Stir, and set it aside.
Date night sorted.
Thanks to Kim from The Kitchen Collective for sharing this winner with us.