Wednesday 12 October 2005

Stir Fry Cereal Prawns

This is one of our favourite and a must order dish while having Cze Char. Before that I didn't realize that this dish can be easily prepare at home with just a few accessible ingredients. We love the fragrant crispy cereal that is toss together with butter, curry leaves and etc. 

This dish is not difficult to prepare and you just need to buy a packet of "Instant Cereal Prawn Mix"  and follow the instructions given at the back. With that you will be able to enjoy your very own Homemade Cereal Prawn.

Ingredients: (serves 2)
15 Medium Prawn, removed the middle part shells.
10 Curry Leaves, roughly shredded
2 Small Chillies, roughly chopped
2 Egg Yolks, lighten beaten
2 Tablespoons Pouring Cream/Evaporated Milk
1 Packet Instant Cereal Prawn Mix
1 Tablespoon Butter

1. Wash and divined the prawns accordingly and set aside.
2. Coat prawns lightly with some cornflour, beaten egg and cornflour again before deep-fry to give it a crisp texture.
3. Preheat frying pan, stir in butter until it melts; toss in curry leaves and stir-fry for 1 minute before adding chilli, egg and cream mixture.
4. Give the egg mixture a quick stir until it resemble scramble egg texture, pour in cereal mix and prawn.
5. Stir-fry for another 2 minutes until cereal became crispy.

Notes: There are a few type of Instant Cereal Prawn Mix where some required egg yolk and some do not.


  1. I tried the Instant Cereal Prawn Mix before too. But find that the cereal tastes a bit weird and salty. I preferred using the normal type of oat.

  2. mmmm....yummy...that's my favourite dish also...hehe...

  3. No leh... Salty meh.. did you add anything else extra? Mine taste the opps leh.. mine was rather a bit towards the sweet size..... which brand of the Instant Cereal Prawn mix u buy....

  4. I can't rem the brand but it is a white packaging, different from your picture.

  5. My mum-in-law used to buy the instant cereal prawn mix but now she does it on her own.
    She uses Nestum cereal & adds sugar & coffee creamer to it.

  6. I had these at an outdoor eating place in Singapore where the shreet gets closed off and food vendors come out to sell. They were great!

    I also had a chilli crayfish dish when I was there. It wasn't saucy - it was much like the cereal prawns with a dry, flaky coating. Do you know what this dish is called? Any recipes for that dish?

  7. what sort of cream is the two tablespoons of cream?

  8. Hi

    Would like to give my thanks to you. Was searhing for recipe on Cereal Prawns and found yours. Tried yesterday, to bring down to my mil's for pot luck. The thing is, I have never tried Cereal Prawns in my life and I do not take Prawns either. Should it be crispy? Cos my end result was not. Wonder if i added too much corn flour and did not deep fry long enough, so prawns still juicy and wet causing the cereal to be not crispy :-( Finna

  9. Thanks to you, I tried your recipe yesterday but becos I have never tasted Cereal Prawns, I wonder how it should taste like in the first place. Should it be crispy? Cos mine was not, i wondered if i have added too much corn flour and not deep fry long enough causing the cereal to be moist. And i added milk in replacement of cream ... will try again next time. Finna

  10. Hi Finna,
    Thanks for trying out and giving me feedback on this dish. Em... 1st of all, this dish had to be eaten while hot after it's cook so that the prawns and cereal will remain crispy. If u wan to keep it for a while, then u cannot cover or wrap it while hot... or else the prawns or cereal will be soft.

    U nid to deep-fry the prawns in very hot oil(shld be enough oil to cover the prawans)until golden then remove and set aside to drain. I guess there might be a few reasons why your prawns and cereal is moist.

    1. Maybe like what u said, u did not fry the prawn well enough.
    2. The sauce was too mosit before u add the prawn and cereal to stir fry.(Cos when u stir-fry the cereal and prawns the mixture shld be dried instead of moist)

    Maybe u can describle to me, what u come across when preparing this dish so that i can help u to find the problem. HTH... :)

  11. I fried the curry leaves together with butter, then add in chillies. Add in lightly beaten egg yolk (which solidify pretty fast), quickly pour in some freshmilk (cos i dont know what cream means), then added in cereal mix, followed by prawns. It didnt seem crispy at all :-(

  12. just came back from singapore and some friends took me to dinner at Jumbo seafood. my friend ordered the cereal prawns and it tasted HEAVENLY! i can't get it off my mind! i've been checking out the restaurants here in manila to see if they have it but i haven't been too sucessful... we don't have the cereal prawn mix either... :(
    i guess i have to wait til my next trip to singapore to get a taste of the best ever cereal prawn... :(

  13. I am from Manila and have been charmed by this dish myself. I just read an article featuring Rice Table, a restaurant in SM Mall of Asia that serves cereal prawns - Singapore style. You might want to check it out.

  14. Dear Anon..

    What you ate in singapore is in fact one of singapores "signature" dishes, called Singapore Chilli Crab.
    What makes it so unique, is in fact the Tamarind Seed that gives it a slight sour taste. Locals refer to Tamarind as "Assam"
    Hope thats ok for you. Cheers, John (singapore)


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