Deep Fried Prawns With Batter (Jow Ha)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

From "The Chinese Village Cookbook." A practical guide to Cantonese country cooking by Rhoda Yee.


  1. Shell and devein prawns, leaving the tails on.
  2. Sprinkle with salt and mix well.
  3. Refrigerate for two hours.
  4. Mix flour, baking powder, cornstarch, eggs, oil and water to make a batter.
  6. Heat wok.
  7. Add 4 cups oil and heat.
  8. Holding the prawns by the tails, dip in batter, then drop into hot oil.
  9. Fry until golden, turning once.
  10. Drain.
  11. Serve hot.
  12. Do-ahead notes:
  13. Deep fry, cool and freeze.
  14. To cook frozen prawns from the freezer.
  15. Preheat oven to 350°F
  16. Place frozen prawns in single layer on cookie sheet and heat for 12 to 15 minutes.
  17. Comments: Use cocktail sauce, chili sauce or sweet and sour sauce for dipping. One cup prepared biscuit mix may be substituted for the flour and baking powder.