200 g dried spaghetti
4 salted egg yolks (steamed)
10 to 12 prawns (peeled and deveined)
2 tbsp butter
¼ cup curry leaves
60 ml whipping cream
1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
1 chilli padi (bird’s eye chilli) - sliced
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp olive oil (substitute with vegetable oil)
4 L water
The salted egg has taken the world by storm. From salted egg bubble tea to salted egg kale chips, there are several easy ways to use salted egg yolks. Containing about 9g of protein, Omega 3, and a good dose of Vitamin E, salted duck eggs can be relatively healthy if consumed in moderate amounts. Traditionally used in Chinese cooking, many chefs, even fast-food restaurants, have recently jumped on the salted egg yolk bandwagon and put their own twist to this star ingredient. The Asian Food Network has even created an array of salted egg dishes. In this salted egg prawn pasta recipe, we combine a savory salted egg yolk sauce with fresh prawns to recreate the classic salted egg yolk prawns, only this time, to create a fusion dish with a generous serving of delicate spaghetti.
Let's be honest, creating the perfect fusion dish can be tricky. Most go overboard, with flavors that clash rather than complement. By combining traditional cuisines with others, chefs are taking the risk of having multiple flavors overlap in an attempt to create something interesting. Of course, personal preferences play a big role in one being a fan of a fusion dish - we have all seen how divided the world was when cronuts were created. It is thus crucial that cooks play safe despite their attempts at creating something new. Our salted egg prawn dish for example, takes the crowd-pleasing salted egg and combines it with a safe carbohydrate choice - Spaghetti. Silky, buttery pasta with Asian salted egg flavors, with a sweet garlic and curry undertone, our Salted Egg Butter Prawn Pasta creates the perfect fusion of East meets West. Bound to whet your appetite, this dish is the perfect collision of flavors. One warning, regular pasta will seem a lot more boring after you make this easy to prepare dish.
Though the pasta is the main carbohydrate in the dish, the star of the show is the salted egg yolk sauce and the butter prawns. Therefore, any type of pasta from strand to tubular will work well with this recipe. If you would like for a fuller dish, you can even opt for pappardelle. Tubular pastas like penne and cannelloni will fill your dinner with surprises when you bite into the pasta, only to have the smooth sauce burst in your mouth.
Of course! Matter of fact, you could even use poultry in the recipe, or simply enjoy the pasta with the savory sauce on its own. When using clams, be sure to scrub them clean before cooking, and discard any clams that do not open after cooking.
It is recommended that the different components of the dish be stored separately, so as to prevent the sauce from drying up. The cooked pasta can be stored in the refrigerator for a day or two. Simply toss them into boiling water for a quick second before serving. Store the salted egg yolk sauce in an airtight container and reheat before serving.
Top with cheese: No pasta dish is complete without cheese! Make your pasta dish even more decadent by grating some parmesan cheese on top before serving.
Up the flavor profile: Surely to some, salted egg prawns in and of itself is a fancy dish. However, if you would like to add more excitement to the dish, try adding fish stock, wine white, and perhaps a squeeze of lemon to your reduced cream sauce. To balance out the saltiness that naturally comes with seafood, you could also add in waxed sausages for a touch of sweetness.
Add oil to the cooked pasta: Coating pasta in olive oil prevents the pasta from drying out too fast and sticking to each other. If you would like to avoid adding oil to the cooked pasta, cook the pasta right before serving.
Transfer salted egg butter prawn pasta to serving dish and serve hot.