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The Secret to Cooking Delicious Dishes from Mantis Shrimps at a Seafood Restaurant

The Secret to Cooking Delicious Dishes from Mantis Shrimps at a Seafood Restaurant

Mantis Shrimps are one of the popular seafood varieties in Vietnam. They are typically found in tropical coastal areas, known for their thick, sweet, and highly nutritious meat. That's why tiger prawns have always been a sought-after delicacy at fine seafood restaurants.


In the past, enjoying mantis shrimps meant visiting coastal regions because they were challenging to preserve due to their delicate nature. The larger the tiger prawn, the more valuable and flavorful its meat. Nowadays, reputable seafood restaurants store mantis shrimps in oxygenated tanks at the appropriate temperature and salinity levels. This has made dishes made from mantis shrimps increasingly popular and beloved.


So, now that you have fresh mantis shrimps, do you know how to prepare dishes from them? Let's explore some of these dishes!

1. Sweet and Sour Mantis Shrimps

Sweet and Sour Mantis Shrimps are a favorite among many diners. This dish offers a harmonious combination of the sweetness of fresh mantis shrimps and the tangy spiciness of tamarind sauce. It's also a common offering at reputable seafood restaurants.


The ingredients for this dish are simple, mainly mantis shrimps, tamarind, garlic, chili, shallots, and a bit of cilantro.

The preparation is straightforward as well. The best mantis shrimps are those that are still alive, and you should clean them by trimming their sharp spines and rinsing them thoroughly. Finely chop the garlic and chili and prepare the tamarind sauce. You can use ready-made tamarind sauce from the store or extract tamarind juice from fresh tamarind fruit. To do the latter, boil some water and soak the tamarind until the pulp dissolves, then strain to obtain tamarind juice.

Next, heat a pan with oil until it's hot, add the drained mantis shrimps, and cook until they turn crispy. In another pan, heat some cooking oil and stir-fry the garlic and chili until fragrant. Add the fried mantis shrimps and tamarind sauce, along with sugar, fish sauce, and a pinch of salt, to taste.

Turn off the heat, garnish with chopped cilantro, and you're done! This dish is suitable for family meals and simple gatherings, deserving its place as the most beloved dish when dining at renowned seafood restaurants!

2. Garlic Tiger Prawns

In addition to Sweet and Sour Tiger Prawns, Garlic Tiger Prawns are equally enticing. Loved for their sweet and nutritious flavor, tiger prawns harmoniously combine with aromatic garlic. This dish is served at various excellent seafood restaurants.

To make delicious Garlic Tiger Prawns, the key is the quality of the prawns. The best tiger prawns are those that are alive, swim vigorously, and have flesh that's a vibrant, translucent green, just like those at Sen-Lua-Bien-Oc-Cua-Nong-Thon Dai Viet restaurant. Larger tiger prawns are rarer and more valuable, making them highly sought after.

After preparing the tiger prawns, you should fry them in hot oil until they turn golden and crispy. Then, add butter and garlic to the pan. Experienced chefs will stir the pan skillfully, ensuring the tiger prawns are evenly coated with the garlic-infused butter without any burnt bits. Quickly garnish with some cilantro, turn off the heat, arrange them on a plate, and enjoy!

Garlic Tiger Prawns, despite its simplicity, boast a delightful flavor. The prawn meat is sweet and firm, the garlic butter is fragrant, and the cilantro adds a fresh touch, all complemented by a sprinkle of spicy green chili salt. This dish is probably one of the most beloved ways to savor seafood. You can find this delicious treat at nearly every reputable seafood eatery.

3. Spicy Salt Grilled Tiger Prawns

If you're tired of the usual ways of preparing tiger prawns, why not try grilling them with spicy salt? Grilling seafood preserves its sweet flavor beautifully. Spicy Salt Grilled Tiger Prawns are a delightful combination of sweet and meaty tiger prawns with the spicy and savory kick of chili salt. This dish is also served at excellent seafood restaurants.

Before grilling, it's best to devein the tiger prawns and make a few cuts on their sides to allow them to absorb the flavors better. The prawns are then evenly coated with spicy salt on both sides and placed on the grill. You can adjust the amount of chili salt to suit your taste. The grill should be at a moderate heat to ensure the prawns cook evenly.


This dish is aromatic and full of flavor. The prawn meat is both sweet and slightly spicy, making it incredibly tasty. The preferred dipping sauces for this dish are lime salt and red chili salt. This delicious and nutritious dish is perfect for snacking during gatherings and pairs wonderfully with a few glasses of beer while enjoying great company.

If you haven't found a source for fresh and delicious tiger prawns or if you're not confident in preparing this dish to perfection, come to our Sen - Lua - Bien - Oc - Cua - Nong Thon Dai Viet restaurant chain. We guarantee that the tiger prawns here are fresh and well-preserved in optimal conditions. Our experienced chefs will transform this nutritious seafood into the most enticing and flavorful dishes! Come and experience it for yourself!

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