Fifty years ago, virtually the only restaurants you could find in Australia were Chinese. In the intervening decades, Australians have fallen in love with a much broader and more representative sample of Asian cuisine. Indeed, now our palates are so specialized that, instead of a Thai restaurant, Australians will seek out Isan cuisine. In Sydney's Chinatown, there is a whole row of Uighur restaurants.
I was in Chinatown last week along with about a million others who were there for Chinese New Year festivities. It was quite clear that Chinese food seems as popular as ever.
Amongst the most popular dishes in Chinese restaurants has to be salt and pepper prawns (also known as chilli salt prawns). These battered beauties come out plump and juicy - dressed in green onion (called shallots in Australia) and red chili.
The good news is that you don't need to go to Chinatown to satisfy your salt and pepper prawn craving. It's really easy to make this yourself.
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