Friday, February 8, 2013

Basil Dried Prawn Paste Sandwich

To be honest, I don't like sandwiches. Don't ask why for its been like that for the longest time. Give me rice with spicy dishes or noodles with chillies, I glow happily. In fact these sandwiches were for a small time informal meet-up with friends at my place. The same friends who at first wanted to dine out and have a couple of drinks. Then you know-lah how it is like when 5 women plan to go out. Plenty of trivial issues from who is driving, what to wear, I don't like this food, I don't like that food and a whole list of lame excuses. 

To cut short, I agreed for them to come over. I made the sandwiches, they came with bottles of wine. Surprisingly all agreed to hop into one car. As usual never on time. The small party started off well but before the night ended, tears of joy and tears of unhappiness became the scene. Well, expected after a few glasses of wine. The sandwiches polished while one bottle of wine remaining. Anyway it was clean fun before they left pass midnight.  

Next day, sandwiches again with the balance of the prawn paste for dinner - paste spread over toasted wholemeal sliced loaf, topped with cucumber and tomato. My other half of course was happy. He loves sandwiches while I had no choice but to eat as well.  

For the paste
1 cup dried prawns - soaked in water for 15 mins, drain off and pound/ground coarsely
2-3 tbsp fresh red chilli paste
1 tbsp shallot paste
1/2 tbsp ginger paste
2 tbsp tamarind/asam juice
A small handful of basil leaves (or any other suitable herbs)
3 tbsp oil
Powdered palm sugar - as needed (or white sugar will do too)
Salt for taste
When oil is heated, fry chilli, shallot paste and ginger paste.
Stir and cook till oil splits.
Add prawns and cook while stirring for another 2 to 3 minutes. 
Pour in tamarind juice.
Season with sugar and salt.
Simmer for a thick paste. 
Off the heat, combine in basil leaves and cool down the paste. .
To make the sandwiches, spread the paste on toasted bread. 
Top with cucumber slices and tomatoes.
Optional: another slice of bread can be topped as well. 
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  1. Prawn paste mouthwatering.... :-)

  2. I absolutely love this sandwich, it looks ridiculously delicious :D
    Definitely a priority :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. hi nava, you are making me smile, who would ever thought of makingdried prawn paste sandwich,,looks very delicious and original :))

  4. I love this sandwich paste, looks perfect Nava, I need to find these kind of sandwiches.

  5. That toasted wheat bread looks utterly delicious, replace the filling with non seafod (for allergic people) or just eating the bread will taste just as good I'll bet, as the sides look good too


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