Cereal Butter Prawn (Mai Pian Xia)

Cereal Butter Prawn (Mai Pian Xia)

Servings: 4 servings
Author: Marvellina
Prawn are fried and then tossed in cereal mix made of Nestum Cereal, milk powder, sugar, and aromatic curry leaves all stir-fried in butter! Yes, trying not to get addicted is almost impossible
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  • 10 -12 whole large shrimp heads and shells on
  • 2 -3 red chilis seeded and finely chopped
  • 10 sprigs of fresh curry leaves picked
  • Cooking oil for deep frying

Cereal mixture:

  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 100 gr Nestum cereal original version. see notes
  • 1 Tbsp fine sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp whole milk powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


Preparing the prawns:

  • Gently run a knife at the back of the prawn to slit open and remove the vein. Use kitchen scissors to trim off the antenna. Keep the rest of the shells and heads. Pat the prawn really dry with absorbent paper towel 
  • Preheat some oil for deep-frying in a deep pot, enough to submerge the prawns in the oil. Deep-fry the prawns until pink, golden and crunchy. Place on top of paper towel

Making the cereal mixture:

  • In a bowl, combine the Nestum cereal, sugar and milk powder. Whisk to mix everything. In another skillet, melt the butter. Add the chili and curry leaves and stir-fry until fragrant. The curry leaves will crisp up too. Add Nestum cereal mixture and continue to stir-fry for about 1 minute. Take care not to burn it as there's sugar (mine is a bit too dark for my liking). Add the prawns to the mixture and stir everything to combine. Have a taste of the cereal mixture and adjust by adding more salt and/or sugar to your liking. It should be salty, buttery and slightly sweet
  • Dish out to serving platter and serve immediately with rice as part of multi-course meal


If you really can't find Nestum cereal, try it with regular uncooked oats. It works really well too. You just need to stir fry the oats a bit longer to get it to crisp up, but my family loves it with oats too before I got a hold of Nestum cereal