Honey-Walnut Prawns

Course : Seafoods
Serves: 4
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1/2 cup walnuts
5 cups water
1 cup sugar
2 cups oil
16 medium prawns -- peeled and cleaned
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup egg whites
2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon condensed milk
1/2 cup oil

Preparation / Directions:

Here's a goody. I normally shy away from Western influenced Chinese recipes and would never have fixed this one on my own. It calls for such non-Chinese things as milk and mayonnaise. My room mate fixed it the other night though, and it was excellent. He was trying to duplicate a dish that he and his date had at a Chinese place a while back and apparently, this is almost it. Laurie suggested it would be closer to the restaurant dish by just dusting the shrimp with cornstarch rather than making a batter. I imagine that it would be good either way. It certainly is good this way! Rinse walnuts, then boil in 5 cups water, continually changing water until clear. When clear, boil with sugar until sugar dissolves. Heat 2 cups oil until almost smoking, then deep-fry walnuts until they're shiny and brown, no longer golden. Remove walnuts to cookie sheet, let cool. Mix cornstarch and egg whites together to form a thick, sticky texture and mix well with prawns. Set aside. Mix honey, mayonnaise, lemon juice and condensed milk in a medium bowl until smooth. Heat oil until boiling, then deep fry prawns until golden brown. Drain, then fold in honey-mayonnaise mixture. mix well, sprinkle with walnuts, and arrange on platte

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