Prawn is an auspicious dish in Chinese Cuisine, probably due to its vibrant color and also its pronunciation in Cantonese, 'har', which is similar to laughter. Cooking prawn with cereal is one of my favorite. The cereal is stir fried to a golden brown perfection, complementing the vibrant red color from the prawn. This is an all time favorite dish which is usually served in wedding banquet and also Chinese New Year eve reunion dinner.
Here comes the tricky part of preparing this dish: many have mistaken oat for cereal. If oat had been used in place of cereal, you will end up with a plate of gooey oat prawn (sounds yucks, I know) instead of crispy cereal prawn. For this dish, the best cereal to be used is the Nestum All Family Cereal (original flavor).
The cereal prawn I made here is a healthier and children friendly version, i.e. no deep frying of prawn and no chilli added. Feel free to modify this recipe to your liking and do let me know your feedback.
1 cup Nestum All Family Cereal (original flavor)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon milk powder
400 g medium size prawns, devein
vegetable oil for stir frying
2 tablespoon salted butter
5 sprigs curry leaves, stalk discarded
Mix all ingredients for cereal mix and set aside.
Heat vegetable oil in frying pan and stir fry prawn till just cooked. Drain and set aside.
Using the same oil, stir fry curry leave till the color turn dark green or crisp. Drain and set aside.
Heat butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Add cereal mix. Stir constantly till golden brown.
Toss in curry leave and prawns and mix well. Serve immediately.