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Drunken Prawns Recipe (醉虾) & Jackie Chan's Drunken Fist (醉拳)

how to make chinese drunken prawns
The process of the Drunken Prawns involves soaking live prawns in Brandy or Chinese wine. For Jackie Chan fans, you may be aware that one of Jackie’s famous kung fu is the Drunken Fist (醉拳), in the famous Drunken Master movie.

Watch these prawns dancing in the liquor; they too, are practising their kung fu in the container, enjoying the alcohol till they get drunk.

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Recipe Featured @ OMY-食天堂Eat as DIY 好主意!

This recipe calls for the use of various types of Chinese Herbs & I like mine with these 4 types of herbs (L-R):

Wolfberries (枸杞子), Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica当归), Red Dates (红枣) & Yuzhu(玉竹).
cooking with chinese herbs
As most of these are sweet herbs, reduce Red Dates & Wolfberries if you prefer less sweet. The Drunken Prawns are not just delicious, the Chinese Herbs in the dish makes the soup a marvellous bonus to your health. The tonic will have the sweetness of the prawns & the aromatic scent of the alcohol!

½ kg of live medium Prawns
3 slices of Dang Gui
2 slices of Yuzhu
1 tbsp Wolfberries
5 - 7 Red dates
½ tsp Salt (optional)
600ml Water
30ml Brandy/Chinese Wine

Sauce for dipping:
1 red Chilli (remove seeds & cut)
3 cloves of Garlic (sliced)
2 tbsp Sesame oil
1 tbsp dark Soya sauce
1 tsp light Soya sauce

  1. Add herbs & water into serving pot. Lower heat when boiling & simmer for about 30 mins.
  2. Rinse prawns, then put them in a container. Pour brandy & close the lid to prevent prawns from jumping out. The prawns will stop jumping in about 10 minutes. Now, trim the feelers & add to soup.
  3. Add salt & remove serving pot from fire when prawns turn pink. Put it on a warmer to retain the heat if you have.
  4. how to cook tasty drunken prawns
  5. Serve with special dipping sauce if you're a fan of garlic & chilli.
Well, I leave you now with a video of Jackie Chan practising his Drunken Moves, while I go get myself drunk. Enjoy!


  1. Hopefully, tomolo i will try cook for Tiger Beer prawn or Meatball.. haha.. hungry now..

  2. Nikel, interesting idea! Have fun :)

  3. Whoa, i thought this can only be seen in posh/seafood restaurant. Mmmm......... yummy!

  4. Doris, thks dear! Now u can make your own at home :)

  5. Must be Friday -- you're in a party mood! Enjoy your weekend, Shirley -- you have a head start! Buzzed... :) (The FoodBuzz kind, lol!)

  6. hah! Reminds me of some Liquor cook with chicken and steam it and Guinness with Fried Chicken? ahh XD

    didnt really try prawn b4 because maybe my mum cook b4 in N years ago lol

  7. Kimby, u have a lovely weekend too! I'm still in AB mood :)

  8. KF, perhaps it's time for u to try?? It's delicious especially if u're a seafood fan :)

  9. I am so surprise there is a clip of the old movie in utube~

  10. Kelvin, I was too! Gosh, the movie's so old. Can't believe it has been so long ago. LOL!

  11. I like this so much, the prawns are sure dancing inside the wonderful broth, simply tempting Shirely.

  12. This is such a lovely idea, Shirley! This dish is quite costly when you order it in a restaurant. I'm kinda nervous about dealing with live prawns though, I dunno, I have this quirky issue with anything live that shall soon be in my plate hahaha

    Have a lovely weekend, dear!


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  13. Nava, hahaha! It's a great dish for entertaining too :)

    Wi, I've to agree it's not cheap to order in restaurants. It's really simple to make this at home, dear.

  14. Drunken prawns, hmmm did u have a hangover? Just kidding. Never tried the drunken versions.

  15. Shirley, u're cute! Must try this version if u've the chance :) Have a good weekend, sweetie!

  16. Sounds like some really tasty prawns!

  17. I've had this dish before (not exactly the same ingredients) and loved it. I must try your version when we buy live prawns. This sounds delicious and definitely something I'd be proud to serve to friends when they come over. Another terrific recipe, my dear!

  18. Peggy, it tastes good especially with all the herbs :)

    Lequan, I know u're a prawn lover so u must try this version too :)


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