cereal butter prawns

Once upon a time, I would never have attempted to cook dishes that I associate with zi char stalls.

To me, they are super difficult dishes that only the zi char chefs were able to whip up.

Now, however, I have definitely changed my opinion, seeing that I have successfully managed to replicate some famous zi char dishes at home, like this Salted Egg Yolk Prawns and this Har Jiong Gai, which I baked in an oven instead of deep-fry.

With the taste of that plate of super delicious Salted Egg Yolk Prawns in my memory, I decided to cook Cereal Butter Prawns today.

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I can now proclaim that is is super easy to cook Cereal Butter Prawns at home too! And yes, they taste just as good as those you get at zi char stalls!

I love seafood, and prawns are definitely one of my favorite things to eat. What I love about this dish, besides the big and juicy prawns, is that the flavors meld so well together – the butter and the cereal and the crispy curry leaves, with a hint of spice from the chili padi. I have to say whomever came up with the dish is a genius!

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And here are the instructions on how to cook this.

Start by cleaning the prawns – trim off all the legs and feelers with a pair of kitchen scissors. Cut along the back of the prawn and devein the prawns. Wash and pat dry the prawns.

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Add half a beaten egg into the prawns. Mix to coat the prawns.

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Into this, add the plain flour, salt and corn flour. Mix well (gently!) to coat the prawns.

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Deep fry the prawns for about 2-3 minutes. 

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Drain and set aside.

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In a small bowl, mix together cereal, milk powder, sugar, salt and chicken powder. If you do not have milk powder I suppose you can omit it, but naturally the end result will taste different.

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Melt the butter in a pan. I like to add a little vegetable oil to help prevent the butter from burning but you can leave that out if you wish.

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Add the curry leaves. I like to eat the crispy curry leaves so I tend to add more.

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Add the chili padi. If your kids are not into chili, you can omit this.

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Stir to combine then add the cereal mixture. Fry this for about 2 minutes.

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Return the prawns to the pan, and gently stir until well-mixed and the prawns are coated with the delicious crunchy cereal.

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Serve immediately.

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This dish is well-worth the effort! Not that there was so much effort involved to start with!

 

Cereal Butter Prawns
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 10-12 large prawns
  2. 1 teaspoon salt
  3. 1 teaspoon white pepper
  4. 1/2 egg, beaten
  5. 1 tablespoon plain flour
  6. 1 tablespoon corn flour
  7. 1 tablespoon sugar
  8. 20-30 curry leaves
  9. 4 chili padi, chopped
  10. 50g butter, unsalted
  11. 1 teaspoon vegetable oil (optional)
  12. 1 cup (85g) cereal - I used Nestum
  13. 1 teaspoons salt
  14. 1 teaspoon chicken powder
  15. 1 tablespoon milk powder
Instructions
  1. Start by cleaning the prawns – trim off all the legs and feelers with a pair of kitchen scissors. Cut along the back of the prawn and devein the prawns. Wash and pat dry the prawns.
  2. Add half a beaten egg into the prawns. Mix to coat the prawns.
  3. Into this, add the plain flour, salt and corn flour. Mix well (gently!) to coat the prawns.
  4. Deep fry the prawns for about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Drain and set aside.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together cereal, milk powder, sugar, salt and chicken powder.
  7. Melt the butter in a pan. I like to add a little vegetable oil to help prevent the butter from burning but you can leave that out if you wish.
  8. Add the curry leaves. I like to eat the crispy curry leaves so I tend to add more.
  9. Add the chili padi. If your kids are not into chili, you can omit this.
  10. Stir to combine then add the cereal mixture. Fry this for about 2 minutes.
  11. Return the prawns to the pan, and gently stir until well-mixed and the prawns are coated with the delicious crunchy cereal.
  12. Serve immediately.
Adapted from jiaksimi.sg
Adapted from jiaksimi.sg
The Domestic Goddess Wannabe http://thedomesticgoddesswannabe.com/




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