Crevette, feminine noun (une crevette, la crevette, des crevettes) = shrimp (pronounced really as it looks, cre-vet, with the r in the back of your throat, no particular stress on either syllable).
Crevette rose = prawn, crevette grise = tiny grey shrimp, crevette cuite = cooked shrimp, crevette crue = raw shrimp, crevettes décortiquées = shelled shrimp, pêche à la crevette = shrimp fishing,
Crevette is a nice nickname for a child that is tiny. C’est une crevette. And the sea-horse emblem of Air France is called la crevette.
My recipe for today is une salade de mangue verte aux crevettes = green mango and prawn salad. It is Vietnamese, not French at all, but I did warn you I’d use recipes from former French colonies. And on top of that, it’s not my recipe, I adapted it from a lovely book called Green Mango and Lemon Grass which I can highly recommend. It is not only a cookery book but talks about South East Asian culture and is fascinating.
The recipe is really easy, you just need a few basic Asian ingredients, and of course green mangoes. Mine were on the ripening side of green, but still quite hard and the dish was stupendously good. Get them as green as you can.
For 4 people you will need:
- 4 green mangoes (about 800gr), peeled
- 2tsp caster sugar
- 4 kaffir lime leaves chopped into very fine strips (or the finely grated peel of two limes)
- 4 finely sliced shallotts
- 1 finely sliced spring onion
- 4 tbs chopped coriander leaves
- 2 tiny red chilis, sliced
- 2 sticks of lemon grass, outside leaves discarded, then chopped
- 2 tbs nuoc mam (Vietnamese fish sauce)
- juice of 2 limes
- 600gr fresh peeled cooked prawns (about 25gr each)
- Cut the flesh off the mangoes and grate as you would for grated carrots. Same sort of shreds, not too fine, not too thick.
- Put the grated mango into a large bowl with the caster sugar and mix for 30 seconds with your fingers.
- Add all the other ingredients apart from the shrimp. Mix well.
- Add the shrimp and serve immediately.
Looks good, doesn’t it? Just had it for lunch. Fantastic.