Sesame Prawn Toasts

Notes: Makes 24. Preparation time: 30 minutes, plus 1 hour chilling time. Cooking time: 10 minutes. Far better than any you will eat in your local Chinese restaurant.


  • 200g (7oz) cooked and peeled prawns
  • 2 unsmoked streaky bacon rashers
  • 1 tablespoon chopped spring onion
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 level teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 level tablespoon cornflour
  • 6 thin slices white bread
  • 2—3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • Grapeseed oil for frying


  1. If prawns are frozen, allow them to thaw then discard juices.
  2. Place prawns in a food processor bowl and add the snipped bacon rashers, spring onion, ginger, salt, egg white and cornflour. Cover and blend to a smooth paste.
  3. Thickly spread the bread slices with the prawn mixture. Trim and discard crusts. Spread sesame seeds on a plate and dip bread slices (prawn-side down) in the seeds. Press firmly, coating slices evenly.
  4. Chill for 1 hour.
  5. Cut each bread slice crosswise to make 4 triangles.
  6. Pour sufficient oil into a frying pan to cover base by at least 2.5cm (1in). Set over moderate heat and, when hot, slide in slices, seed-side down. Fry until golden, turning to brown both sides. (You will have to fry the triangles in batches.)
  7. Drain sesame prawn toasts on absorbent kitchen paper.
  8. Eat while still warm.

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