«All the elements of this dish can be prepared in advance and simply assembled at the last minute. These can easily be turned into canapes: add a sprinkling of diced chilli for garnish.»
Peel and finely chop the shallot and the garlic clove. Peel and grate the fresh ginger. Zest the lime. Chop the spring onions into pieces on the diagonal.
Heat a frying pan and add a little olive oil. Sweat together the shallots, ginger and the garlic. Add the lime zest, a pinch of ground coriander, the saffron, sugar and coconut milk to the pan. Strain the mixture and season.
Peel the prawns and use the tip of a sharp knife to remove the black digestive tract.
Add the prawns to the liquid along with a splash of fish sauce and a squeeze of lime. Poach for 3 minutes until cooked.
Serve the prawns on spoons, garnishing with the sauce, chopped spring onion and fresh coriander.