Gongbao Prawn with Cashew Nut

Gongbao Prawn with Cashew Nut, a treasured zi char delight, captivates with its bold flavors and enticing textures. This dish features succulent prawns, expertly cooked with a harmonious blend of spicy, sweet, and savory flavors. The addition of cashew nuts introduces a satisfying crunch that complements the tender prawns. Loved for its irresistible taste and the interplay of contrasting elements, Gongbao Prawn with Cashew Nut has established itself as a well-liked zi char favorite, offering a dynamic and delightful culinary experience that continues to enthrall those seeking a flavorful and satisfying dish with an addictive twist. 

Why Do People Love Gongbao Prawn with Cashew Nut

Gongbao Prawn with Cashew Nut offers a perfect balance of textures – succulent prawns for a tender bite and cashew nuts for a satisfying crunch. This delightful interplay keeps you wanting more. 

This dish also creates a well-rounded and unforgettable taste experience, through the combination of spicy dried red chillies, subtle sweetness from soy sauce and honey, and aromatic depth from ginger and garlic. 

What You Need For Your Gongbao Prawn with Cashew Nut:

Making Gongbao Prawn with Cashew Nut yourself

If you’re making this dish yourself, here’s a recipe that you can try out. 


  • 500 grams of fresh prawns, peeled and deveined 
  • 1 cup cashew nuts 
  • 4-5 dried red chillies, deseeded and chopped 
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, grated 
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar 
  • 1 tablespoon honey 
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tablespoons of water 
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish 
  • Salt to taste

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4 

How To Cook Gongbao Prawn with Cashew Nut

Step 1

Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium heat. Add the dried red chillies, minced garlic, and grated ginger. Stir-fry for a minute until fragrant.

Step 2

Add the fresh prawns to the pan and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until they turn pink and opaque. Remove the prawns from the pan and set them aside.

Step 3

In the same pan, add the cashew nuts and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until they turn golden brown. Remove the cashew nuts from the pan and set them aside.

Step 4

In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, and salt. Pour the sauce into the pan and bring it to a simmer.

Step 5

Add the dissolved cornstarch to the simmering sauce and stir well until it thickens slightly.

Step 6

Return the cooked prawns and cashew nuts to the pan, tossing them gently to coat them evenly with the sauce. Cook for another minute or two until the prawns are fully cooked.

Step 7

Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot with steamed rice or noodles. 

Serving Gongbao Prawn with Cashew Nut with Other Dishes 

Gongbao Prawn with Cashew Nut pairs well with fragrant jasmine rice or stir-fried vegetables, and it complements Sichuan specialties like Mapo Tofu or Kung Pao Chicken. For a lighter option, serve it with steamed jasmine rice and stir-fried broccoli or snow peas. If you’re in the mood for seafood, try it alongside crispy calamari or garlic butter prawns for a delightful feast.

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Lean Protein Source: Prawns provide a lean source of protein essential for muscle growth, repair, and overall body functions. 
  2. Cashew Nut’s Nutrients: Cashew nuts offer healthy fats, protein, dietary fiber, and essential minerals like magnesium and phosphorus. 
  3. Vitamins and Minerals: Prawns and cashew nuts provide B vitamins (B6, B12) for energy metabolism, zinc for immune support, and selenium for antioxidant defense. 
  4. Healthy Cooking Method: When cooked with minimal added fats and moderate portion sizes, this dish contributes to a balanced meal. 
  5. Spices and Health Properties: The blend of spices may introduce compounds with potential antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. 
  6. Moderation and Balance: Cashew nuts provide a satisfying crunch, but portion control is important due to their caloric density. 
  7. Balanced Meal Component: When accompanied by a variety of colorful vegetables and perhaps whole grains, Gongbao Prawn with Cashew Nut can contribute to a well-rounded meal. 
  8. Flavorful Spices: The use of spices adds depth of flavor without excessive use of added salt, promoting mindful eating. 
  9. Texture Contrast: The combination of tender prawns and crunchy cashew nuts creates a satisfying textural contrast. 

Visit Lao Li Da Pai Dang for an authentic zi char experience

The above recipe is just one of the many ways to making this dish. 

If you’re looking to enjoy delicious Gongbao Prawn with Cashew Nut without all the hassle and preparation time, while discovering a unique version that our customers can’t get enough of, then come on down to our restaurant for an enjoyous dine-in or takeaway, and experience it for yourself, only at Lao Li Da Pai Dang!

Whether you’re in the mood for this, or wish to explore other dishes, our extensive zi char menu promises to delight at every turn. At Lao Li Da Pai Dang, the warm and inviting ambience, coupled with attentive service, creates a family-friendly and inclusive atmosphere that only adds to the enjoyment whenever you visit and dine with us. 

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