Sunday, February 1, 2015

Recipe: Stir fried leeks with Chinese mushrooms and king prawns

It's finally February, which means that Chinese New Year is just 18 days away! Woohooo! This month, I will be hosting Cook and Celebrate: CNY 2015 with two wonderful ladies, so do submit and share any CNY recipes you have with us.

To kick-start this event, I'm sharing an auspicious dish, fit to be served at your dinner table throughout the CNY period. Leeks 蒜 are commonly served as the name is a homophone for "calculating (money)" (算suàn), mushrooms 冬菇 mean longevity and prawn 虾 sounds like laughter "ha ha ha". Last year, we cooked a similar dish with dried shrimps , but this week we bought some really nice, fresh and juicy king prawns so it went into this dish.

Such a simple, delicious dish - the kids got their hands (and mouths) on all the prawns as soon as I finished with the photo taking.

Here's to more money, longevity and happiness in the Year of Goat. :)

Stir fried leeks with Chinese mushrooms and king prawns
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 8-9 minutes
Serves 4

350g leeks (4 stalks), trimmed and sliced into 2" lengths at an angle
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp cooking oil
3 Chinese or shitake mushrooms, rehydrated and sliced thinly
12 king prawns, shelled and deveined with tails intact
1 tsp ginger wine
1 tsp chicken stock granules

1. In a wok, heat oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and fry for 2 minutes, until lightly browned. Add mushrooms and stir fry for a minute.

2. Add the leeks and stir fry for about 1 minute, then add the ginger wine and allow to cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the king prawns and cook for 1-2 minutes, until prawn are cooked through. Season with chicken stock granules and serve immediately.

Note: For those who cannot take alcohol, you can omit ginger wine completely or replace with ginger juice (grate and squeeze).


I am submitting this to the "Cook & Celebrate: CNY 2015" event which I am co-hosting with Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Diana of The Domestic Goddess Wannabe. To join, simply cook or bake any Chinese New Year recipes for the whole month of February 2015.

Your post must be a current post i.e. posted in February 2015 - please do not link older posts.Please mention our "Cook & Celebrate: CNY 2015" event in your post and link back to Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids, Diana of The Domestic Goddess Wannabe and Baby Sumo of Eat your heart out.

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  1. Time really flies! It's CNY again!

    Okay Yen, I will try to post something and join in the fun!

  2. Hi Yen,
    Leeks, prawns and mushrooms are always the auspicious ingredients to whip up for CNY dishes ! Yummy-licious!

  3. Yen, that's a simple yet yummy dish. So auspicious too!

  4. This is definitely a Chinese New Year dish. If I cook this dish for coming CNY for my husband's family reunion dinner, sure this dish will be gone within second. So yummy!

  5. these prawns with leeks look like a very appetising dish to serve for a home-cooked CNY eve reunion dinner! would definitely make the whole family very pleased :D

  6. So many delicious things in this first period of the year! I love CNY though because there's always great food!

  7. Hi Yen,

    Your prawns dish looks very pretty in auspicious colours!

    Sorry that I'm one day late for my posting :p


  8. Yen, this is one my fav CNY dish that my mom will cook. She normally use roasted pork to go with the leeks.

  9. Hi Yen, it is always a pleasure to host a linky with you and Zoe! This dish is gorgeous. It reminds me so much of my mom's cooking. Super love!


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