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Prawn Crackers or Shrimp Chips
Prawn crackers (also called prawn-flavored crackers or shrimp chips) are tasty prawn-flavored chips that puff up when deep-fried.
Prawn crackers are very addictive despite the fact that their texture has been compared to Styrofoam. They make a great snack food for kids and adults alike and go very well with beer.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
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Heating the Oil for Deep-Frying
Heat the oil to 360 F/182 C to deep-fry the prawn chips.
To find out if the oil is hot enough, either use a deep-fry thermometer or place a cooking chopstick or a wooden spoon upright in the middle of the wok (as shown in the photo). If bubbles start forming around the chopstick or wooden spoon immediately, the oil is ready.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
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Adding the Prawn Crackers to the Oil
Carefully place 5 to 6 chips in the hot oil, separating them if needed. Adding more than that can overcrowd the wok and lower the oil temperature, making the crackers taste greasy.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Deep-Frying the Prawn Crackers
Deep-fry the chips for 5 seconds or less (until they puff up).Continue to 6 of 7 below.
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Draining the Prawn Crackers
Remove the prawn crackers from the wok — it's easiest to do this quickly if you have a strainer. Drain the prawn crackers on paper towels. Use a fresh paper towel to drain each batch of chips.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
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Serve the Prawn Crackers
Prawn crackers taste best served warm. If not serving immediately, store in a sealed container and briefly reheat in the oven before serving.
Peanut sauce is the traditional accompaniment for prawn crackers.
What to drink with prawn crackers? Beer, of course, or perhaps a Johannesburg Reisling.