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Crispy Prawn Cakes in Steamed Folded Buns w/ Spicy Sriracha Mayo

Crispy Prawn Cakes in Steamed Folded Buns w/ Spicy Sriracha Mayo are delicious crispy prawns cakes wrapped in super soft steamed buns smothered with spicy Sriracha mayonnaise and crunchy cucumber and scallions and chillies.

Crispy Prawn Cakes in Steamed Folded Buns w/ Spicy Sriracha MayoHello my lovely people, been away for a couple of weeks from the labs of “The Gastronomic Bong” and have dearly missed creating something special for my readers.

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This recipe definitely arrives from a craving that arose from a demand my hubby has been making ever since we tasted something quiet similar at a Sushi restaurant. We tasted this amazingly soft and yummy steamed buns at our favourite Sushi place and since then I wanted to create something special using these buns.

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So the star of the show is definitely the buns, these light, super soft, fluffy buns.. but I don’t think it would be fair to the lovely flavours of the Prawn cakes if I don’t speak about them as it perfectly complemented the soft and moist Oishi Buns.

crispy prawns cake in steamed folded buns4DELICIOUS crispy prawns cakes wrapped in super soft steamed buns smothered with spicy Sriracha mayonnaise and crunchy cucumber and scallions and chillies.. Oh man!! I just had my dinner and I am hungry again… 😀

crispy prawns cake in steamed folded buns2In this recipe I used a Japanese mayonnaise. “Kwepie” (Q.P.) is the most popular brand of Japanese mayonnaise. Trust me it tastes ah-mazing.. This mayo is rich and slightly sweet condiment and is basically made with egg yolks and apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar. It also has a hint of MSG in this mayonnaise which further enhances and distinguishes its flavor. Texture wise it is thicker than the regular commercial mayo. Oh!! Just delicious!! I could eat this mayo with everything.. Yumm! 🙂

Crispy Prawn Cakes in Steamed Folded Buns w/ Spicy Sriracha MayoTo be perfectly honest I didn’t think that the flavours would work out this well, however somehow I listened to my stomach and the tingling sensation in my tongue took me down this amazing flavour journey. The combination of the amazing chillies, srirarcha mayo the crispy prawn cakes made these babies fly out into the plates of my friends who were visiting us that evening and made a swift disappearance from there. The silence in the room as long as the buns sat on their plate made my day and was apt sign of acknowledgement for the hard work that went into these babies.

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So my seafood lovers go straight to your kitchen and make this amazing little things..

Crispy Prawns Cakes in Steamed Folded Buns w/ Spicy Sriracha Mayo
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For the Folded Steamed buns
  1. 2 cups All purpose Flour + 1-2 tablespoon extra for kneading
  2. 2 tablespoon sugar + a pinch
  3. 3/4 cup warm water
  4. 1/2 teaspoon active dried yeast
  5. 2 tablespoon dried skimmed milk powder
  6. 1 teaspoon baking powder
For Crispy Prawns cakes
  1. 300 grams large Shrimp, peeled and deveined
  2. 1 red chilli
  3. 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  4. 2-3 scallions, thinly sliced
  5. 2 tablespoons minced fresh Cilantro
  6. 1/2 cup breadcrumbs ( I made fresh bread crumbs with a slice of wholemeal bread)
  7. 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  8. salt & pepper as per taste
  9. 2-3 teaspoons oil
To Assemble
  1. 2-3 tablespoon Mayonnaise ( I used Japanese mayo)
  2. 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  3. 1 red chilli thinly sliced
  4. cucumber, thinly sliced
  5. scallions
To make the dough for buns
  1. Sift 2 cups of flour and add 2 tablespoon of sugar. Stir and keep it aside.
  2. Heat 1/4 cup of water to a temperature of 110 degrees F, then add the yeast and a pinch of sugar. Let it stand for 5-10 minutes or until foamy. Now whisk in the dried milk powder and the remaining water.
  3. Stir in the yeast mixture in the flour with a fork until everything comes together and dough forms. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead until dough is elastic and smooth. Form dough into a ball and put it in a large oiled vessel. Cover it with a plastic wrap and let it rise for around 2 hours or until it doubles up.
  4. After 2 hours, punch down the dough and transfer it into a lightly floured surface. Flatten it slightly and sprinkle the baking soda. Now gather the ends of the dough and seal in the baking powder powder. Knead the dough until you the baking powder is incorporated about 5-6 minutes. Return the dough in the bowl and cover it with a plastic wrap and let it sit for another half an hour .
  5. Meanwhile cut out 12 small squares of grease proof paper and keep aside.
  6. After half an hour take out the dough and roll it into a log and cut it into 12 equal sized pieces. Cover it with the plastic wrap.
  7. Roll out one piece of dough into a 6 inch by 3 inch oval. Now fold in half crosswise ( donot press hard or pinch it) and place it on the grease proof paper. Make more buns with the remaining dough and let it stand for around half an hour, covered, until slightly risen.
  8. Meanwhile take a large steamer( I used a stainless steel 3 tire steamer). Fill it with an inch of water and bringit to a boil. Now place the buns along with the wax paper in the steamer wrack ( do not over crowd the steamer). Cover tightly and steam over high heat until the buns are puffed and cooked through around 5 minutes. Transfer buns to a plate and cover it with a kitchen towel to keep it warm. Steam the remaining buns.
Crispy Prawns Cakes
  1. In a food processor add prawns, chillies, scallions, cilantro, mayonnaise and pulse the until they are finely minced.
  2. Whisk in the lemon juice, salt, pepper together in a large bowl with the processed prawns mixture. Now gently fold into the processed prawns and breadcrumbs until combined.
  3. Divide the prawns into 6 or 8 equal portions, and make each of them into a patty. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for around 30 minutes.
  4. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Gently lay the prawn cakes in the skillet and cook until crisp and browned on both sides, 8 minutes. remove from the heat and set aside.
To assemble
  1. To make the sriracha mayo just mix in the mayonnaise and the sriracha sauce together..
  2. Now smother the bottom half of the bun with the spicy Sriracha mayo then top it with the hot crispy prawn cake, some cucumbers, scallions and chillies. Enjoy!!!
  1. These buns can be frozen for upto a week. Just thaw it in the refrigerator and steam these buns for 2-3 mins.
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crispy prawns cake in steamed folded buns

Hope you like this Crispy Prawn Cakes in Steamed Folded Buns w/ Spicy Sriracha Mayo!!


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  • marcie
    October 14, 2014

    These shrimp cakes look so crispy and flavorful, and the buns and mayo — what a delicious meal!

  • Mira
    October 14, 2014

    This is just my type of meal Arpita! I love the idea of sriracha mayo! Great pictures!

  • Sues
    October 14, 2014

    Wow, these photos are stunning!! The buns look beautiful, but really the entire dish does!

  • Anna @ shenANNAgans
    October 14, 2014

    Arpita… You are amazing. What a delicious dish. I just cant decide which element of it I like best, the shrimp or the bun. #drool Gonna make this little beauty on the weekend.
    Also, your photos are absolutely stunning, I leaned in to smell. Haha

  • Danielle
    October 14, 2014

    These look so delicious! Love the mayo on these too!

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter
    October 14, 2014

    Wow girl! These crispy prawn cakes look amazing! Totally my kind of meal with the soft buns and spicy sriracha mayo – love the photos too, they’re stunning!

  • I love the sound of the srirache mayo. Great photos too!

  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen
    October 14, 2014

    Seriously Arpita – this is my kind of sandwich. I am loving the flavor profile, and prawn cakes are one of my favorite things ever. You’re making me seriously hungry with this, and I will definitely be making it in my kitchen. Pinned!

  • Annie @Maebells
    October 14, 2014

    Just beautiful! What fantastic flavors! I absolutely have to recreate this! 🙂

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
    October 14, 2014

    This sounds like the perfect lunch, Arpita! And that sriracha mayo looks incredible. Gorgeous pictures, too!

  • Sounds absolutely incredible, and I love those pictures! Yum!

  • Manali @ CookWithManali
    October 14, 2014

    i love the folded buns Arpita! looks yum and gorgeous pictures! 🙂

  • NOM! steamed folded buns are the best and yours look soooo fluffy 😀

  • Sarah @ Savoring Spoon
    October 15, 2014

    Whoa there — home made folded buns? That is IMPRESSIVE. The Siriracha mayo looks so good (mmmm Sriracha!!), and smeared onto that shrimp cake it sounds like a spicy flavor explosion waiting to happen. YUM!

  • Sarah @ Savoring Spoon
    October 15, 2014

    Whoa there — home made folded buns? That is IMPRESSIVE. The Sriracha mayo looks so good (mmmm Sriracha!!), and smeared onto that shrimp cake it sounds like a spicy flavor explosion waiting to happen. YUM!

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes
    October 15, 2014

    These crispy prawn cakes look fantastic! It has been like CENTURY since I last had a folded bun. This recipe is a keeper!

  • What a fabulous meal, Arpita! Your lovely photos form the prawn cakes make us really hungry 🙂
    Never had fluffy bund before and now we are intrigued…

  • marcela
    October 15, 2014

    Oh! Your crispy prawn cakes look so good!I love the way you prepared them!And the idea of folded buns is so good! I’m mouthwatering right now.. 🙂
    Have a nice day, Arpita !

  • Tash
    October 15, 2014

    Oh yum! This is making me hungry. Nicely styled!

  • ami@naivecookcooks
    October 15, 2014

    These look so delicious Arpita!! That mayo is making my mouth water!

  • cheri
    October 15, 2014

    Hi Arpita, this is definitely a restaurant quality meal. Love all the layers of flavor. Welcome back!!!

  • Rachael | Spache the Spatula
    October 15, 2014

    These look incredible, Arpita! I can totally imagine the textural contrast of the soft buns with the crispy cakes—YUM!

    Definitely pinning this one!

  • House in Tillford
    October 16, 2014

    I love spicy food and these prawn cakes look so good! This the bun would help balance it all together too

  • Isadora
    October 16, 2014

    I love all the bright colors in this dish! Those steamed buns looks so good, I think I would be bugging you to make them for me too!

  • GiGi Eats
    October 16, 2014

    THIS LOOKS like something my father ordered at a restaurant he and I went to just the other week!!! HA! You could be a chef at a restaurant!! 🙂

  • Emma @ Bake Then Eat
    October 16, 2014

    These wouldn’t last long with me around either I do love a good seafood dish! I wish I had one for my lunch today, fancy popping around to whip a batch up? 😀

  • Joanne
    October 16, 2014

    These are so fun! Such cute little steamed buns.

  • Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven
    October 16, 2014

    Totally loving these buns! The prawn cakes look perfectly crispy and omg that sriracha mayo is calling my name!

  • WOW! These photos took my breath away! Only you could make prawn cakes look so haute cuisine! The flavor combinations sound amazing and it has been forever since I had a Chinese steamed bun. I’ll have to brave making them myself!

  • Kathy @ Olives & Garlic
    October 16, 2014

    This is one amazing meal, some of my favorite flavors. I love anything with shrimp. Beautiful

  • Those buns look amazing. So soft. Darn, now my stomach is rumbling 😉
    It is good to have you back!

  • Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    October 16, 2014

    Yum. We love shrimp cakes over here. I will have to try this! Love all the flavors you have going on.

  • Joyti
    October 17, 2014

    Wow, these sound really truly incredible!

  • Lucy Parissi
    October 17, 2014

    I found your blog through a comment on Butter and Brioche. I must say I love everything about this recipe. Pinned and plan to make it very soon. Must try to source the Japanese mayo though. Yum!