Oct 2, 2010

Crispy Cereal Butter Prawn

I have this officemate who is damn lucky.  Last Wednesday, she won S$20,000 in the 4D lottery.  The price is so much that she wanted to pay for our lunch.   There are only 5 of us in the office including the big Boss, who made the orders.   There were 5 different dishes in the table - meat, fish, seafood, veggies, noodles.  We also had fruit shakes as drinks.
Crispy Cereal Butter Prawns

And there goes the one i like the best:  Butter Prawn!  Its fragrantly drooling, with cereals.  The prawns were very crunchy and has this sweet and yummy taste.

Up until now, i still can smell it in my nose!  So it thought of posting the recipe here.  With Google's help of course.  The one in the picture is who exactly it was served to us.

Crispy Cereal Butter Prawn  
Serves 5 - 6

500 - 600 grams of medium prawns, trimmed and deveined
Handful of curry leaves (from about 2 stems)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 bird eye chilli aka chilli padi, julienned
1 knob of butter (about 40 - 50 gram)

3 sachets of 3-in-1 Low-fat Cereal
Sprinkles of salt
Generous dashing of white ground pepper

Seasoning of prawns:
Sprinkle a mixture of sesame oil, pepper and light soy sauce

2 cups of cooking oil (for deep-frying)

Alternative: If you are NOT using 3in1 sachet, but having the original plain cereal, add the below:
6 tablespoons of cereal (Nestum)
4 teaspoons of non-dairy creamer (Nestlé)
3 teaspoons of sugar
* Mix all together, with salt and pepper.

1) Clean prawns with shell intact, trim legs. Use scissors to cut a slit at the back of prawns to devein. Pat dry the prawns with kitchen towel. Season prawns and leave aside for 10 minutes. You may leave it in the refrigerator.

2) Heat wok with oil over high heat. Add some salt into the oil. Make sure oil is heated till really hot before deep frying prawns for 1 minute or until pinked and crisped (You may fry prawns in deep fryer, as desired). Drain on kitchen towel and set aside.

3) In a clean small bowl, pour out and place the sachets of cereal all into it. Mix in salt and pepper. Set aside.

4) Remove exessive oil from the wok and heat up with butter over medium-low heat. Brown garlic, and add in chilli padi and curry leaves, stir fry till fragrant (beware of pungent scent of chilli padi). When done, heat off and immediately add in cereal mixture and crisped prawns. Stir vigorously to combine well. Serve hot.

A portion of fried cereal prawns counts about 500 - 600kcal! Yes, without the egg even.. So, you have to really try to limit your intake with this sinful savoury, if you are watching out your weight or having relatively high cholesterol level in your body.

* If you are not confident to well mix the cereal and prawns quick enough upon heat off, you may choose to reduce heat to very low fire and do the mixing, just before heat off.

* Deep fry the prawns till really crisped in extremely high flame, so that you may chomp the whole prawn with its crispy shell altogether. **Beware of splashing oil when frying.

* Lightly coat the prawns with corn flour before deep frying for crispiness, if you intend to eat also the shell, optional. Otherwise, just fry prawns till cooked.

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