I’m a creature of habit. Whenever I travel to the USA if there’s a Bubba Gump restaurant nearby there’s a very strong chance I’ll end up in it at some point.
I’m sure that many people would argue that it’s little more than a gimmicky chain restaurant (themed around the film Forrest Gump, if you don’t know it) but I have to say I’ve never had a bad meal in one and really enjoy the experience. Like most places with oversized menus I tend to work my way through different combinations each time I go, but will always have Coconut Shrimp at some point.
There’s a lot of joy to be found in a steaming hot plate of sweet prawns wrapped in a crispy coconut coating, but sadly it’s not the sort of thing that’s easy to recreate at home if you (a) are trying to eat healthily, and (b) don’t like frying things in excessive amounts of oil as it makes for a lot of mess and waste.
The good news is that you don’t need a fryer to get a very tasty (if slightly different) version of Coconut Prawns – you just need a good baking sheet, a hot oven and plenty of hungry people nearby…