The only reason I used to go to Wagamama’s was for the prawn firecracker. I mean just thinking about it would make my mouth water, however, when the first lockdown happened and Wagamama uploaded the recipe on their Instagram page I found out it had alcohol. This shattered my heart but didn’t stop my craving for it so I did some research and came up with my own recipe.

You need to make the Yakitori sauce and Firecracker sauce before you start your stir fry. Good thing about this recipe is you can bottle it up, put it in the fridge and use whenever you make a stir fry or even as a dipping sauce.

So the bit that isn’t halal is the Yakitori sauce, this is included in various recipes and is in the firecracker sauce. The two alcoholic ingredients in Yakitori are Sake and Mirin.

Here’s how you make Yakitori sauce:


  • 12 tbsp of Soy Sauce
  • 2 tsp Caster Sugar
  • Sake replacement: 2 pinches of lemon zest, juice from half a lemon + 2 tbsp white grape juice.
    (From research I found you can also get alcohol free sake from places like Japan centre)
  • Mirin replacement: 2 tbsp Rice Vinegar/White Wine Vinegar + 3 tsp caster sugar


Put all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.

Simmer until its reduced and thickened

Store in a bottle/jar

After you have made the Yakitori sauce you’re ready to move on to the Firecracker Sauce.

How to make Firecracker sauce:


  • 50ml Yakitori Sauce
  • 50ml Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 100ml Siracha Sauce
  • 50ml Vegetable Oil
  • 3 tbsp Ketchup
  • 3 tbsp Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Hot Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Tamarind Sauce
  • 6 tbsp Runny Honey
  • 1.5 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 3 tbsp Chilli Flakes
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar


Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and heat until it simmers and thickens.

Now it’s ready for you to use in your recipe or store in a bottle and put in the fridge once cool.

How to make a King Pawn Firecracker:

Once you have made your firecracker sauce you can now move on to the stir fry.


  • Toasted Sesame Oil
  • White cabbage cut into squares
  • 1 large Onion cut into squares
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper cut into squares
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper cut into squares
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic diced very small
  • 1 Spring Onion
  • Handfull of Magetout
  • 1 Pack King Prawns, de-shelled and de-veined


  1. In a little oil on high heat fry the prawns 30 sec- 1 min on each side until the prawns are slightly charred and then remove from oil and set aside.
  2. In a large wok heat one and half tablespoon of toasted sesame oil.
  3. While on a high heat add the onion, garlic and peppers to the wok and stir fry until they cook and soften slightly but still have a bit of a crunch.
  4. Add the mangetout, spring onion and the pre-fried prawns.
  5. Stir fry on high heat so the veg has cooked but still crunchy (at this point you can remove some to set aside for your kids)
  6. Add your firecracker sauce to the wok, if you want it to be even spicier add some dry roasted chillies (fuk morris in bengali)
  7. Stir fry for a further 5 minutes.
  8. Now it’s ready to serve, best served with rice.
  9. You can add some Thai red chillies as garnish.
  10. For the kids dish just add a drizzle of soy sauce or a pinch of salt and serve with rice.
child friendly version

You can swap and change the ingredients of the stir fry as you like, the sauce is what makes it a firecracker. Hope you try this out and love it as much as I do.