Why the queen prawn is called a queen prawn nobody knows. However, put them in the hands of chef Goo Imthawin and suddenly the name makes sense – prawns fit for everyone from the Queen of England to the guys singing We Will Rock You. You and a partner can each tuck into eight of these fit-for-royalty prawns with your choice of flavoursome basmati rice or hearty egg noodles all for only R98 at Spice Wok.
Prepared by renowned Thai-with-a-dash-of-Durban chef Ekkanat Imthawin, or Goo for the South African tongues, this dish is sure to tempt your taste buds all the way to Thailand and back. Cooked to perfection in whiskey, celery, ginger and oyster sauce, these queen prawns will have you singing and humming Bohemian Rhapsody while playing air guitar. However, please do not jump on the table – right of admission is reserved.
Every dish on the Spice Wok menu combines the unique flavours and intricate culinary techniques of Thailand and Asia with only the freshest ingredients of Southern Africa. Each ingredient is caught, collected, picked and tossed daily by some of the finest South African fresh produce suppliers – from the prawns right down to the egg in the scrumptious serving of egg noodles. The spices on the other hand are imported from Asia. Blended, mixed, married, tasted and combined by Chef Goo, the flavours of each dish are guaranteed to entice palates five blocks away.
The aromas coming from the modern kitchen will have you on a happy high even before the plate touches the crisp white table cloth. Inspired by the temples and coasts of Thailand the décor sets an intimate and cosy mood. The multiple orange lampshades hanging from the ceiling are known to transform into magical fireflies, but that’s only once your senses have been infused by the aromas of Thailand or a glass of fine wine or two.
Prawn fact: One legend has it that the queen prawn is so named because of its resemblance to King Neptune’s wife, or rather her resemblance to the prawn. With her beady eyes and twiggy arms she was often mistaken for an oversized prawn. In 1865 this unfortunate resemblance led to her tragic frying pan death.