Serves 4

These prawns were huge. Ibnu used the same curry paste he used with the octopus (see below right).

• Vegetable oil
• 1 Tbsp shrimp paste
• 1 Tbsp palm sugar
• 1½ Tbsp of soy sauce
• Salt and white pepper to taste
• 12 large prawns, split, de-veined and marinated in 1 Tbsp turmeric and the juice of 4 limes


1. Heat 2 Tbsp vegetable oil in a wok and cook the shrimp paste over a medium heat. Add the curry paste and palm sugar and cook for 5 minutes. Add the soy sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper.

2. Lay out the prawns on a baking dish. Spoon the mixture above over the prawns.

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3. Barbecue the prawns (brushing with oil as they cook) or bake in a moderate oven until cooked. Serve with rice.