Sugpo sa Gata is a simple Filipino dish of large prawns sautéed with garlic, chillies and onions then cooked in coconut milk.
This is one of those dishes that will make you eat more rice, just look at that sauce, it packs a lot of flavour from coconut and the juices from the prawns, you just want to drench your rice on it. I know for non-Asians having the head of the prawns in their dish puts them off, I remember when I was starting this blog many years ago, I had one comment on a dish that calls for an unshelled prawn, she said she was afraid of dishes like this specially when the eyes are still there, she felt like it was looking at her. Fair enough, I had the same sentiments when I see a whole goat head served in a platter which is quite common in Middle Eastern cuisine, but having said that head portions of different animals like this prawns has a lot of flavour tucked in it, in fact when we eat them we usually don’t use utensils, we eat it with bare hands because it is quite messy. Why messy? Let me explain to you how we eat them, usually we remove the shells as we eat, we then grab the head and either press the head butter or suck it all out, we then grab some rice with that coconut milk sauce then eat the shelled prawn. Sound like you can do it? Yay or nay?