Salted Egg Prawn

Salted Egg Prawn, a cherished zi char delight, delights with its luxurious flavors and indulgent appeal. This dish features succulent prawns coated in a creamy and savory salted egg yolk sauce, offering a delectable blend of rich umami and a hint of saltiness. The velvety texture of the sauce enveloping the tender prawns creates an exquisite mouthfeel. Loved for its decadent taste and the luscious combination of flavors, Salted Egg Prawn has firmly established itself as a well-liked zi char favorite, providing a luxurious and unforgettable culinary experience that continues to enthrall diners seeking an opulent and enticing dish, making it a timeless and highly sought-after choice. 

Why Do People Love Salted Egg Prawn

Salted Egg Prawn offers a tantalising blend of savoury and umami flavours that leave a lasting impression on the taste buds. The creamy salted egg yolk coating complements the fresh sweetness of the prawns, resulting in a mouthwatering harmony of tastes.

The contrasting textures of Salted Egg Prawn also contribute to its appeal. The prawns are cooked to perfection, boasting a juicy and tender bite. The crispy outer layer, created by the light coating of the salted egg mixture, adds a delightful crunch that elevates the overall eating experience. 

What You Need For Your Salted Egg Prawn:

Making Salted Egg Prawn yourself

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


  • 500 grams of large prawns, peeled and deveined 
  • 2 salted duck egg yolks, mashed 
  • 4 tablespoons of butter 
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 2 sprigs of curry leaves 
  • 2 bird’s eye chillies, thinly sliced (optional) 
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon of white pepper 
  • Cornstarch for coating the prawns 
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4 

How To Cook Salted Egg Prawn

Step 1

Begin by marinating the prawns. In a bowl, sprinkle the prawns with salt and white pepper, ensuring they are evenly coated. Set aside for 10 minutes.

Step 2

In a separate bowl, lightly coat the marinated prawns with cornstarch. Shake off any excess cornstarch.

Step 3

Heat vegetable oil in a deep pan or wok over medium heat. Fry the prawns in batches until they turn golden brown and crispy. Transfer the fried prawns onto a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.

Step 4

In a clean pan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant, taking care not to burn it.

Step 5

Add the mashed salted egg yolks, curry leaves, and bird’s eye chillies (if desired). Stir-fry the mixture until the salted egg yolks turn into a smooth and creamy sauce.

Step 6

Return the fried prawns to the pan and toss them gently to coat them evenly with the salted egg sauce. Ensure that each prawn is coated generously.

Step 7

Sprinkle sugar over the prawns and give it a final toss. This touch of sweetness enhances the flavours of the dish.

Step 8

Remove the Salted Egg Prawn from the heat and serve immediately, garnished with some extra curry leaves for added aroma and visual appeal.

Serving Salted Egg Prawn with Other Dishes 

To complement the delightful flavours of Salted Egg Prawn, consider serving it alongside steamed jasmine rice and a refreshing side salad. The combination of the savoury prawns and the lightness of the salad creates a well-rounded meal that will satisfy your taste buds.

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Lean Protein Source: Prawns provide a lean source of protein essential for muscle growth, repair, and overall body functions. 
  2. Creamy Salted Egg Yolk Sauce: The salted egg yolk sauce introduces a rich and creamy texture that enhances the overall taste of the dish. 
  3. Vitamins and Minerals: Prawns offer B vitamins (B6, B12) for energy metabolism, zinc for immune support, and selenium for antioxidant defense. 
  4. Healthy Cooking Method: Depending on the cooking method, Salted Egg Prawn can provide a moderate caloric content with minimal added fats. 
  5. Savory Umami: The dish’s salted egg yolk sauce contributes to the umami taste, enhancing the overall flavor profile. 
  6. Balanced Meal Component: When accompanied by a variety of colorful vegetables and perhaps whole grains, Salted Egg Prawn can contribute to a well-rounded meal. 
  7. Texture and Mouthfeel: The combination of tender prawns and the velvety salted egg yolk sauce creates a luxurious textural and sensory experience. 
  8. Decadent Flavor: The dish’s indulgent flavor makes it a sought-after choice for those seeking a rich and flavorful treat. 
  9. Culinary Enjoyment: The sumptuous and opulent taste of Salted Egg Prawn offers a delightful and satisfying dining experience. 

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 Salted Egg 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. 

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