Vietnamese Green Rice Crusted Prawns with Lettuce, Herbs and Ginger Chilli Dipping Sauce
  • Chef: Daniel Wilson
  • Serves: 4
  • Time: 30 minutes


  • 8 10-15cm raw prawn cutlets 
  • Fish sauce 
  • Rice flour 
  • Vietnamese green rice flakes (com dep xanh)
  • 8 iceberg lettuce leaves 
  • ½ bunch coriander, washed
  • ½ bunch Thai basil, picked 
  • ½ bunch Vietnamese mint, washed 


  • ½ cup tapioca flour 
  • ¼ cup rice flour 
  • Water to make it the consistency of thickened cream

Ginger chilli dipping sauce 

  • 10g ginger, peeled & chopped 
  • ½ birds eye chilli, sliced 
  • 50ml lime juice 
  • 50ml rice vinegar 
  • 25ml fish sauce 
  • 2 tsp palm sugar 


For the prawns, cut the tendons on the bottom of the prawn then turn over and press the prawn from the top with your palm to flatten, and therefore break the remaining tendons, in order for the prawn to remain flat once cooked. 

Toss the prawns with a little fish sauce to season. One by one dip the prawns into the rice flour, then batter, then coat liberally with the rice flakes and press them into the batter to stick well. 

Place the prawns in a single layer on a tray lined with baking paper and reserve in the fridge for 30 minutes to allow the batter to set. 

To make the dressing, blitz all ingredients in a food processor or blender.

Heat a saucepan of vegetable oil to 180°C (or until a wooden chopstick has lots of fine bubbles coming from it when dipped into the oil). Cook the prawns in batches of 4 at a time for approximately 2-3 minutes or until the rice flakes have puffed up and are crisp. Drain on paper towel then season lightly with salt. Repeat with the remaining prawns. 

Serve the prawns with the lettuce leaves, herbs and a ramekin of the sauce in the side.