Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Cereal Prawns/Shrimp

This is a popular dish in Malaysia and Singapore as many restaurants will have this dish in their menu. I remember cooking this dish once a year for our family reunion dinner. We just love the crunchy texture of the cereal and egg yolk. Cooking this is easy nowadays as we are able to get ready packed cereal prawns mix but sometime I like cooking it from scratch. One of my blog readers requested the recipe for this dish. So here it goes. I hope this is what you are looking for.


1 pound of large shrimps/prawns
3 tbsp of cornstarch
4 cloves garlic – finely chopped
2 sprigs of curry leaves
4 bird eye chilies – cut small
3 tbsp butter
½ cup oat/or nestum
2 egg yolks
2 tbsp of milk
1 1/2 tsp of chicken granules
1 tsp sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Use a pair of scissors to cut off all the legs of shrimps. Cut alone the back and remove the black vein. Leave the head and shell intact. Pat dries the shrimps and seasons it with a bit of salt and pepper.
2. Lightly dredged the shrimp with cornstarch. Heat up some oil to deep fried it (I actually pan fried it) Remove them once they turn pink on both side.
3. Remove all the oil in the pan. Wipe clean. Beat the egg yolk and add in the milk. Stir and mix well. If you are using oats, toast it lightly in a 375 degree F oven for 3-4 min.
4. Add in the 3 tbsp of butter to the frying pan. Swirl in the egg yolk and stir constantly. At this stage you will see lots of bubbles appearing in the pan. Add in the garlic, chilies and curry leaves. Continue to stir fry until fragrant.
5. Add in the oatmeal. Continue to stir and toss. Add in the chicken granules, sugar, pepper and salt.
6. Toss in the shrimps; continue to stir fry until the shrimps are well coated with the oatmeal. Dish out and serve.

Note: I actually wanted to use nestum for this dish but only found out that the nestum in my pantry is chocolate flavor so I just used oats. The result is not as good/crispy as I wanted it to be but you can replace the oatmeal with nestum.


Lisa Ho said...

Its been a while since we last had these prawns... I am going to fav this.. thank you.. :)

Bakericious said...

wow such a mouth-watering dish and is my husband's favourite. I should cook for him soon :).

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

wow,one of the good old Dai Pai Dong favourites!

hana said...

hi gert...thanx for ur beautiful wishes! i really like butter prawn. next time i`ll try ur recipe. thanx for sharing...and happy nice day! :)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

This looks really good! Finger looking good to be exact. :) thanks for sharing the recipe Gert. :)

Nate @ House of Annie said...

I love cereal prawns - especially because of the fried curry leaves.

Elin said...

Gert...can imagine how fragrant this dish is :) I love to cook shrimps in different variations but still this is the best besides cooking them in hot spices. The curry leaves and oatmeals will give it the oomph :)

Yummy Bakes said...

I love this dish. The way you do it doesnt look that difficult as what I thought. I tried your honey sesame chicken last week - yummy. I didnt take photo nor post cos I forgot to buy sesame see and was rushing off.

WendyinKK said...

Gert Gert!!!!
Saliva all over my computer!!!!

Hahahaha, but I almost wanted to drool, literally. Haha.
Thanks for this recipe. Will come in handy when I am thinking of cooking this.

busygran said...

This is finger-licking good! I love the aroma of the curry leaves.

Shereen said...

Syok leh this dish...I only like the stuff that salut the prawns and not the prawns..lol.Will try this out as I got some tiger prawns left in the freezer.

MaryMoh said...

Oh....I remember eating this back home...very flavourful and delicious....mmmm. I can eat a big plate. Now I'm craving for it. I have to look for those cereals....have not seen here so far.

Unknown said...

This looks so fantastic

Little Corner of Mine said...

Delicious! I like this dish too.

Jeannie said...

This prawn dish does looks good! Very authentic! Must look for the instant packet this weekend, I think I have seen it before in some supermart.

ICook4Fun said...

Ho Ho Ho, you are welcome.
Jess, hope he like this :)

Shirley, yes every restaurant and dai pai dong seems to have this dish.

Hana, you are welcome. Selamat Hari Raya!

Bee bee, you are welcome.

Bate, me too. Lucky I have curry plants so looking forward to more dishes using the leaves :)

Elin, oh yea especially the smell of the curry leaves. I love the crunchy bits from the oats.

Yummy Koh, it is not difficult at all. Hope you try this out. Glad that you like the Honey Sesame Chicken.

ICook4Fun said...

Wendy, ha ha.. you are welcome.

Busygran, mmm yea for this dish it is all about the curry leaves :)

Shereen, me too especially all the crunchy bits :)

Mary, I am sure you can find the oats but not so sure about the nestum. We can't get it here so we brought it from Malaysia :)

Jennifurla, thanks.

LCOM, me too.

Jeannie, I think you should be able to get it as I've seen a few bloggers using the instant ones.

ijayuji said...

Hi gert, thanks for ur wishes, much appreciated. have a beautiful day to u n ur family!! will take a break for a while:D..btw, love prawn!

Aldy said...

Hi Gert,What a great dish!Makes me hungry :)Love this recipe!

Cheers, Aldy :)

ann low said...

WOW! My favorite prawns! I must cooks this delicous prawn dish ;D

My Little Space said...

This is a must order dish when eating out in a restaurant! Who could ever resist the smell of this dish. Hmm.mm.. super lucious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. Have a fabulous day.
Cheers, Kristy

My Asian Kitchen said...

oh!! THIS shrimp dish really calling my name!!♥♥ it! drooling now.I bought one packet of the condiment but still didn't use yet!! maybe I should try soon when I get head on shrimp!

FC88 said...

This immediately caught my attention when I saw the picture. This is new to me. It must be delicious. I hope the restaurant here serve this dish. I don't think I can make this dish since there are many ingredients here I am not familiar with. Maybe I get lucky finding it at the restaurant here.

mycookinghut said...

Very nice dish... for a seafood lover like me, I just drool in front of my screen now...

Christelle said...

I can see how the crunch would work really well!

Anonymous said...

this looks quite manageable. but i don't have chicken granules. can i omit it or replace it with sth else?


Anonymous said...


Thank you for the recipe. Can I use rolled oats? Do I need to bake it first?

ICook4Fun said...

octopusmum, you can omit the chicken granules.

Anon, yes you can use rolled oats and you don't have to bake it first.

hannah said...

this recipe works!..but i did not have curry leaf , i just add pinch of curry powder.

MamaMia said...

What the good subtititute to curry leaves?