Dec 13, 2014

How to make Ebi No Umani 日本版的醉虾

Thanks to JETAA Singapore, I have learnt 3 new Japanese recipes (^_^). Thanks, Keiko-san, for teaching us these recipes!

This year's cooking workshop focuses on osechi, which is a set of special dishes that Japanese make to welcome the New Year. There are many types of osechi, and for this workshop, we learnt 3: Kouhaku Namasu 紅白なます,Ebi No Umani 海老のうま煮 and Chukuzen Ni 筑前煮.

Ebi No Umani 海老のうま煮, somewhat reminds me of a Chinese dish, Drunken Prawns 醉虾, so that perks up my interest to learn how to make this.

I revised the given recipe, to make dashi soup from raw, instead of using powder.

Here's how to make the Japanese version of Drunken Prawns 日本版的醉虾:

Ingredients needed

  • 8 Prawns
  • 500ml of Water
  • 4cm by 3cm of Kelp
  • 6g of Bonito Flakes
  • Boiling water
  • 30ml of Sake/ Rice Wine (for soaking)
  • 50ml of Sake/ Rice Wine (for cooking)
  • 100ml of Mirin
  • 1 toothpick


1. Cut the tips of the prawns' heads and tails slightly.

2. Using the toothpick, poke through the shell at the second or third segment of the prawns' bodies, and pull out the dark veins.

Compare and contrast the above deveining of prawns with the Chinese method. For the Chinese dishes, we will slit the back of the prawns using a knife and then pull out the dark veins.

3. Soak the prawns in 30ml of sake.

4. Add boiling water to the mixture, just enough to cover the prawns. Leave it for 10 minutes.

5. To make dashi soup, add kelp and bonito flakes to 500ml of water. Once it boils, and the mixture turns brownish, sieve out the kelp and bonito flakes to retrieve the dashi soup.

6. Add 100ml of mirin and 50ml of sake to the dashi soup. Stir well while cooking the mixture. Cook the mixture till boiling point.

7. Add the prawns into the above mixture. Cook for 2 minutes.

8. Serve the prawns dry.

This dish is meant to be served when cooled, so it would be good to make this dish first before others, so that it has time to cool down.

There you go, do you find any similarities and differences between Ebi No Umani and Drunken Prawns?

Hope you enjoy the Japanese version of Drunken Prawns as much as I do. (^^) Bon appetit~

Other recipes of homemade Japanese food which you may like to try:

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