Indonesian Claypot Styled Prawn

Indonesian Claypot Styled Prawn, a captivating zi char masterpiece, enchants with its aromatic blend of flavors and rustic charm. This dish presents succulent prawns nestled within a fragrant medley of Indonesian-inspired spices and herbs, slowly simmered to perfection in a claypot. The harmonious fusion of robust flavors and tender prawns creates an exquisite culinary experience. Loved for its rich taste and the depth of character it offers, Indonesian Claypot Styled Prawn has earned its place as a sought-after zi char favorite, offering a taste of authenticity and an evocative dining journey that resonates with those seeking a unique and flavorful dish with a touch of cultural delight. 

Why Do People Like Indonesian Claypot Styled Prawn

Indonesian Claypot Styled Prawn’s vibrant combination of flavours is a feast for the senses. The prawns are bathed in a fragrant sauce infused with a harmonious blend of traditional Indonesian spices, creating a symphony of taste that leaves a lasting impression.

Furthermore, the clay pot cooking method adds an extra layer of depth to the dish. The claypot’s porous nature allows the flavours to meld together beautifully, resulting in a tender and succulent prawn, infused with the essence of the aromatic spices. This unique cooking technique imparts a smoky undertone, elevating the dish to new heights of culinary excellence. 

What You Need For Your Indonesian Claypot Styled Prawn:

Making Indonesian Claypot Styled Prawn 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 
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 
  • 1 onion, finely chopped 
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and sliced 
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste 
  • 1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce (kecap manis) 
  • 1 teaspoon palm sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste 
  • 1 cup coconut milk 
  • Salt, to taste 
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste 
  • Fresh coriander leaves, for garnish

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4 

How To Cook Indonesian Claypot Styled Prawn

Step 1

Heat the vegetable oil in a clay pot or a deep skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, minced garlic, and sliced red chillies. Sauté until the onions turn translucent and the aromas fill the air.

Step 2

In a small bowl, combine the tamarind paste, sweet soy sauce, palm sugar, and shrimp paste. Stir well to create a smooth sauce. Add this sauce to the clay pot and cook for a minute, allowing the flavours to blend.

Step 3

Add the peeled and deveined prawns to the clay pot, stirring gently to coat them evenly with the sauce. Pour in the coconut milk, season with salt and black pepper, and simmer on low heat for about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally to ensure the prawns are cooked through.

Step 4

Once the prawns turn pink and tender, and the sauce has thickened slightly, remove the clay pot from the heat. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves for a burst of freshness and aroma.

Step 5

Serve the Indonesian Claypot Styled Prawn hot with steamed rice, allowing the fragrant sauce to soak into the fluffy grains.

Serving Indonesian Claypot Styled Prawn with Other Dishes 

To complement the Indonesian Claypot Styled Prawn, serve it with a refreshing cucumber and mint salad for a delightful contrast, or add steamed vegetables like bok choy or green beans to balance the indulgence. For a complete meal, pair it with traditional dishes like Nasi Goreng or Gado-Gado, immersing yourself in the diverse flavours and textures of Indonesian cuisine.

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Lean Protein Source: Prawns provide a lean source of protein essential for muscle growth, repair, and overall body functions. 
  2. Aromatic Spices and Herbs: The Indonesian-inspired spices and herbs introduce a variety of potentially health-promoting compounds and flavors. 
  3. Vitamins and Minerals: Prawns offer B vitamins (B6, B12) for energy metabolism, zinc for immune support, and selenium for antioxidant defense. 
  4. Slow Cooking Method: The slow cooking process in a claypot can help retain the flavors of the ingredients and preserve their nutritional value. 
  5. Balanced Meal Component: When accompanied by a variety of colorful vegetables and perhaps whole grains, Indonesian Claypot Styled Prawn can contribute to a well-rounded meal. 
  6. Cultural Experience: The dish’s use of authentic Indonesian flavors offers a cultural and culinary experience. 
  7. Aromatic and Flavorful: The blend of aromatic spices and herbs creates a complex and enticing flavor profile. 
  8. Comforting and Satisfying: The slow-cooked nature of the dish provides a comforting and satisfying dining experience. 
  9. Herbal and Nutritional Benefits: Some spices and herbs used may have potential health benefits, such as anti-inflammatory properties. 

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 Indonesian Claypot Styled Prawn 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. 

Join us for a memorable meal, where affordability meets genuine culinary excellence, promising to satisfy your taste buds and leave you with cherished moments.

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