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Aromatic Long Jin Prawns, Fit For The Emperor ( 茶香龙井虾仁 )

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Long Jin Tea aka Dragon Well Tea ( 龙井茶 ) is a pan-roasted green tea from the Long Jing Village near Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province, China. The tea can be very expensive, and the prices depend on the varieties which is produced mostly by hand and celebrated for its high quality, earning it the China Famous Tea title.

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Renowned for its " four wonders " - lovely green colour, scented flavour, sweet taste and beautiful appearance, the green tea is further popularized by the world famous Dragon Well Tea Shrimps. A specialty of Hangzhou City produced by using live river shrimps coated with egg white and moistened starch, the shellfish is infused in the aromatic Long Jin Tea which is rich in antioxidants.

The two combination which I had prepared for the Lunar New Year, sweet succulent prawns stir fried together with the mild bitter taste and coarse texture of the tea leaves, makes this Aromatic Long Jin Prawns ( 茶香龙井虾仁 ) a unique seafood dish.

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1 dozen Large Prawns
1 tbsp Long Jin Tea Leaves
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tbsp Egg-white
1 tbsp Cornstarch
1 tsp Chinese Cooking Wine / Shaoxing Hua Diao Wine ( 紹興花雕酒 )
½ tsp of Minced Ginger
1 cup Hot Water
Pinch of Salt

  • Clean prawns and remove the heads and shells leaving the tail. Keep the prawn heads for other uses, like to make a prawn stock.
  • Devein and butterfly prawns, then make a small slit under the prawns. Insert the tail end through the hole and pull it half-way through to get a pretty pattern.
  • Marinate prawns with egg-white, salt, ginger, wine and cornstarch for about 15 minutes.
  • Brew a small pot of Long Jing Tea for about 5 minutes.
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  • Heat oil and sauteed prawns till half cooked. Add about 4-5 tbsp tea with leaves, mix well and transfer to plate when prawns turned pink. Enjoy the delicate fragrance of this Aromatic Long Jin Prawns ( 茶香龙井虾仁 )!
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  1. The prawns look succulent! :)

  2. I have not heard about the tea but this dish, aiyo, just so good.

  3. I have never tasted such dish. Wow. It sure looked heavenly and tempting.

  4. It looks succulent I wish I could have a plate now well done.

  5. The tea sounds lovely and I bet it adds such an incredible flavor to the prawns.

  6. I love to eat prawns. This way of cooking them sounds so tasty!

  7. Oh interesting! I think this is a famous Chinese dish, have a great day Shirley!

  8. Green tea and prawns? that sounds delicious....and it seems easy to prepare. All we neeed to do is marinate the prawns and then serve them...but I doubt that I make them look as decorative as you do. You're so good at making food look visually beautiful and absolutely gorgeous!!!!!

  9. I love prwns, they look so delicious in your recipe!!!!
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  10. It is a easy recipe, I will try it out.

  11. I love prawns and I wanna try this recipe, looks delicius!!!
    Flawless as usual your food dispalying! :)

  12. I just love eating prawns. I said it before and I say it again, I need to stop coming here, I always leave this blog HUNGRY!!! Delicious dish, Shirley. Happy new week, babe.

  13. What a lovely appetizing dish, Shirley. I am intrigued by the notion of the green tea brewed before adding the shrimp. Since it is such a highly prized tea, is there a special way to brew it?

    I'm also curious about the tea leaves added to the shrimp. Do they soften a bit or are they like rosemary leaves which usually hold their shape.

    I guess the only way to actually know is for me to pop on down to your place for a bite, it looks so good and I love that tip about tucking the tails, very cool...

    Thanks for sharing, Shirley...

    1. Thanks so much for your kind notes as always, Louise! It's just the usual way of steeping green tea. Just that overdoing it will bring bitterness so timing is important.

      Since the tea leaves are brewed first before adding to the prawns, the leaves are already soften.

      Well, I'm most delighted to host you should you be in S'pore, dear! xoxo

  14. This dish DOES look like it's made for royalty! YUM!

  15. sounds very delicious
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  16. Delcious! I can literally smell the aroma.

  17. Shirley, I sure would love to dine at your house one time. ;-)

  18. So tasty!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire


  19. This is why I love living in Asia. The food is more variety than Europe! The shrimps look absolutely yummy!

  20. Can you believe I've never tried prawns before? I'm living vicariously through your recipes Shirley haha!

  21. Hi Shirley,

    Wow! These are the prawns for emperor... Must be very delicious :D


  22. This is super delicious! Never mind the Emperor, let me eat first!!!

  23. My mum loves her prawns and is always looking for new ways to devour them. Will have to pass this recipe on to her!


  24. Haiyoo...I can imagine how yummy this must taste! ^.^

  25. I don't like prans, but my boyfriend would like this receipe >w<

  26. Wow.. another lovely delicious dish..yummy!!

  27. yum this looks delish!

  28. Definitely an interesting marinade! I personally love my prawns either plain or deep fried/grilled so they are crisp! I do like drunken prawns and that chinese wine flavor, this would be something new to try!

  29. Hi Shirley, very interesting appetizer. Nice plating. I love tea, any kind of tea... so this prawn dish definitely look delightful to me.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe.



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