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Kung Pao Veggies with Prawn Quinoa recipe

Kung Pao, also transcribed Gong Bao or Kung Po, is a spicy, stir-fried Chinese dish made with cubes of meat, peanuts, vegetables, and chili peppers

3d ago
Kung Pao Veggies with Prawn Quinoa

I have given this recipe a sweet and spicy touch by adding some pineapple to the kung pao veggies and served it with a simple prawn quinoa.

Prep time5min
Cook time12min
Total time20min


  • 1 and 1/2 cup Quinoa
  • 100gms Prawns
  • 3 Pineapple slices, cut into medium size pieces (canned or fresh)
  • 2 Garlic cloves and a small piece of Ginger
  • Handful Brussels Sprouts
  • Handful Snow peas
  • 3 Cherry Tomatoes (halved)
  • 4 Button Mushrooms (halved)
  • 1 Onion (medium size cubes)
  • 1 and 1/2tbsp Peanuts
  • 1 Veg/Chicken stock cube (optional)
  • 1tbsp Corn Flour (for water starch)
  • 1tbsp Honey
  • 2 Red or Green Chilies
  • Seasoning (salt, black pepper, chili flakes, soy sauce, vinegar, chili sauce or ketchup)
  • Garnish (spring onion and white and/or black sesame seeds, optional)


  1. Quinoa: Roast the measured quinoa for about a minute and then cook in 2 cups of water as per instruction on the packet with a pinch of salt and a dash of oil. Add the prawns just at the end in the last 3 minutes of cooking the quinoa and mix well.
  2. Kung Pao: Heat 2 tbsp oil, add 2 cloves of chopped garlic and ginger, add onions and cook until fragrant. Add chopped green/red chilis. Add salt to taste (note: store bought stock cubes already have salt in), 1/2tbsp black pepper, 1/2tbsp chili flakes, 1/2tbsp chili sauce or ketchup, 2tbsp soy sauce, 1tbsp vinegar, 1tbsp honey, add all the veggies and pineapple. Mix all well.
  3. Add 200ml water with the stock cube and cook for about 7-8 minutes or until the vegetable are tender and crunchy. Add water starch (1tbsp corn flour mixed with 4tbsp of water). Add peanuts when the sauce begins to thicken. Garnish with a lot of spring onions and white sesame seeds.

Recipe Notes

Serve the dish with lots of green salad on the side. This is a very easy and speedy recipe for Kung pao suited best for the entire family because of its tangy, spicy and sweet taste.

Recipe by

Aliya Zanfer

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Comments (8)

  • This looks like a good one! Thank you!

      2 days ago
  • I like anything that is sweet and spicy. Looks great!

      3 days ago
  • Yum! Looks awesome Aliya!!

      3 days ago
  • Asian food 😋 always looks Delicious and healthy

      3 days ago
  • Nice! Glad you shared it!

      2 days ago