Prawn Paste Chicken Wings

Prawn Paste Chicken Wings, also known as “Har Cheong Gai,” is a popular zi char delicacy celebrated for its irresistible blend of flavors and crispy texture. This dish features chicken wings marinated in a mixture of fermented shrimp paste, spices, and seasonings, then deep-fried to a golden perfection. The prawn paste infusion lends a unique umami richness to the wings, while the frying process ensures a delightful crunch on the outside and succulent tenderness within. Loved for its bold taste and satisfying bite, Prawn Paste Chicken Wings have earned their place as a sought-after zi char favorite, offering a harmonious medley of flavors that keeps diners coming back for more.

Why Do People Like Prawn Paste Chicken Wings

Prawn Paste Chicken Wings is a beloved dish in Singapore for several reasons. The prawn paste marinade gives the chicken wings a unique umami flavour that is both sweet and savoury. The wings are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, making them a perfect snack or appetiser. 

Prawn Paste Chicken Wings are also versatile and can be enjoyed on their own or paired with other dishes, such as rice or noodles.

What You Need For Your Prawn Paste Chicken Wings:

Making Prawn Paste Chicken Wings yourself

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


  • 1 kg chicken wings 
  • 2 tbsp prawn paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste 
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp five-spice powder
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp corn flour
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • Oil for deep-frying

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4-6

How To Cook Prawn Paste Chicken Wings

Step 1

Rinse the chicken wings and pat them dry with paper towels.

Step 2

In a mixing bowl, combine the prawn paste, garlic paste, ginger paste, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, five-spice powder, and sesame oil.

Step 3

Add the chicken wings to the mixing bowl and mix until the wings are fully coated with the marinade.

Step 4

Cover the mixing bowl with cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight for best results.

Step 5

In a separate mixing bowl, combine the corn flour and plain flour.

Step 6

Remove the chicken wings from the marinade and coat them with the flour mixture.

Step 7

In a deep-fryer or large pot, heat the oil to 180°C.

Step 8

Deep-fry the chicken wings in batches until they are golden brown and crispy, about 8-10 minutes.

Step 9

Remove the chicken wings from the oil with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.

Step 10

Serve the Prawn Paste Chicken Wings hot and enjoy!

Serving Prawn Paste Chicken Wings with Other Dishes

For a classic combination, serve the wings with steamed rice and stir-fried vegetables such as bok choy or snow peas. You can also try serving them with a fresh and tangy green papaya salad or a spicy dipping sauce on the side.

For a more indulgent meal, pair the wings with crispy fries or onion rings, and a side of creamy coleslaw. And for a fun twist on a classic dish, try serving the wings with waffles and maple syrup for a sweet and savoury breakfast-inspired meal.

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Protein-Rich: Chicken wings are a good source of protein, which is essential for building and repairing tissues, supporting immune function, and maintaining healthy muscles. 
  2. Essential Nutrients: The dish provides essential nutrients such as vitamins B6 and B12, which are important for nerve function, energy metabolism, and red blood cell production. 
  3. Healthy Fats: While deep-fried, the chicken wings contain some healthy fats from the skin. These fats contribute to satiety and help absorb fat-soluble vitamins. 
  4. Minerals: Chicken wings contain minerals like zinc, selenium, and phosphorus, which play roles in immune support, cell growth, and bone health. 
  5. Flavorful Seasonings: The prawn paste marinade contains spices and seasonings, adding depth of flavor to the dish. This can enhance overall satisfaction with the meal and potentially reduce the need for excessive salt. 
  6. Crispy Texture: The deep-frying process creates a crispy texture that can make the dish satisfying to bite into, contributing to the overall eating experience. 
  7. Moderation: Enjoyed in moderation, Prawn Paste Chicken Wings can be a delightful treat without significantly derailing a balanced diet. 
  8. Shared Dining Experience: Zi char dishes like Prawn Paste Chicken Wings are often enjoyed in communal settings, promoting social interaction and a shared dining experience, which can have positive effects on mental well-being. 
  9. Variety: Including a variety of foods in one’s diet is important, and Prawn Paste Chicken Wings can be part of a diverse culinary repertoire when combined with other nutrient-rich options. 

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 Prawn Paste Chicken Wings 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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