So delightful to see my recipe creation appear in a popular women’s magazine – Her World (under 10-minute reader recipe column), in Oct 07 issue! It was also kinda sweet to be rewarded with a $150 gift hamper for my contribution. Yes.. :)
This is a simple dish with prawn, meat (ham), vegetable and mushroom, and it was very much likeable by everyone in the household. A tasty and nutritious dish which one would like it even if he/ she doesn’t take any green as the taste of the ham and prawn was over-powering enough to cover up the greens.
A dish that satisfies your taste bud and nutrition needs at the same time. Just 15 min of preparation and cooking time, this delicious prawn dish will be served in no time.
Serves 10 rolls
10 tiger prawns (medium size), shelled
5 slices of picnic ham
10 stalks of asparagus
1 packet of needle mushrooms
1 carrot, julienned (i.e. sliced into 3” long strips)
1 red capsicum (red bell pepper), julienned
1 green capsicum (green bell pepper), juliened
1/2 cup of oil
Special Dipping Sauce: Japanese Sesame Sauce mixed with 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
1. Blanch the asparagus and carrot strips. Set aside.
2. Slice the picnic ham again into 10 halves.
3. On a plate, place 1 prawn, 1 asparagus stalk, a few pieces of needles mushrooms, carrots and capsicum on a ham slice. Roll it up and hold it with a toothpick. Repeat the step.
4. Heat up a wok with oil, fry the rolls for 1 min or until the prawns are cooked. Arrange rolls on a plate with my dipping sauce by the side, or drizzle on the rolls. Serve with rice, or eat on its own as appetizer.
If you ain’t a fan of capsicum, nevermind, replace it with some other vegetables like baby corn, cucumber, onion, and etc. My main purpose to add these capsicums was to make the dish look more delectable with the rainbow colors. The natural sweetness of the capsicums is something I fond with, too.
By the way, unless you like crunchy bites, cut the vegetables thinly to help quicker cooking as juliennes would be softened much better and easier than thickly done.
P/S: (2016) With the invention of air fryer, this dish could be cooked in a simpler and healthier way. Just a drizzling of oil on the ham rolls, and air fry on its grill for 15 minutes at 160deg Celsius, it would save you your time and messy stove, at least for this. Moreover, airfrying helps to fan off the extra calories from cooking oil as you wouldn’t need much of it in the airfrying method.
Calories intake About 350 kcal for 5 – 6 pcs. Frying these ham rolls with excess oil will make the dish more fragrant and tastier, but ham absords oil pretty fast. So, I preferred having it panfried with much lesser oil. That way, it would help me to keep your waistline. I had also thought of the grilling method, but it’s not advisable. Grilling without additional fat will contribute to having dry ham rolls. So, to keep it simple and tasty, do the pan-frying. :)
Tips: Try not to add salt as the ham itself is salty enough. You may like to just add a little bit of soy sauce to marinate the prawn for 2 min, that should be good enough.