You may have already tried our Longjing Shrimp, paired with Dragon Well green tea – a dish traditional to the area of Hangzhou, the authentic region in China for this famous tea. Here, we’ve taken a fresh look and interpretation, creating something as light and succulent as the tea with a crisp texture, and that enhances the chestnut-sweet flavour that this tea is so celebrated for.
JING Dragon Well Green Tea Pairing
China’s most famous tea can only come from Hangzhou and be handled by masters, imparting unforgettable notes of chestnut, with a silky texture – a delicious mark of the terroir. This pairing balances the authentic qualities of this tea with the light, sweet flesh of fresh prawns, working beautifully with the nutty notes that are the result of the tea leaves being pan fired on a dry heat.
Longjing Tempura Prawns with Yuzu Mayonnaise
For the Shrimp
1kg Medium Fresh Shell-On Shrimp
For the Tempura
100g Plain Flour
200g Ice Water
1 Whole Egg
10g Baking Powder
30g Potato Starch
For the Powder
20g Dragon Well Tea
For Yuzu mayo
60g Egg Yolk
350g Neutral Oil
30g Yuzu Juice
- Remove the head from the prawns and carefully remove the shell of the prawns keeping the base of the tail
- Mix the dry ingredients together
- Add the ice water and mix
- Grind the tea into a fine powder using a spice grinder, coffee grinder or mortar and pestle
- Place all the ingredients in a hand blender jug
- Use the hand blender to emulsify the mixture
- Start at the bottom on full and slowly lift the hand blender to the top
- Fill a pot half way with neutral oil (vegetable or rapeseed) and heat to 180C
- Holding the prawn at the tail tip lightly flour the body and dip in the cold tempura batter
- Fry until crispy
- Remove from oil and dry on absorbent paper
- Dust with the tea salt and serve with the yuzu mayo
The JING Origins Explorer has been carefully curated to include a selection of single-origin JING loose leaf teas that deliver extraordinary taste. Teas that carry the distinctive signature of their origin and people; expressing the unique essence of terroir and tea master.
Each JING Origins Explorer comes with 5-samples of the finest loose-leaf teas from Asia’s famous tea regions, and a guide filled with stories of origin, and how to get the best from the teas at home. An ideal tea gift for foodies at Christmas, the teas were selected by JING’s Head of Tea, Tom Price, who has spent more than a decade scouring Asia for teas of exceptional quality.