It’s only halfway through Chinese New Year, there’s still time to write about it! Last year’s celebrations at home were filled with lots of food, reunions with the extended family and did I mention lots of food? This year was much more muted so I decided to bring a little touch of the incredible food I had last year back into my flat. I love love prawns. I love seafood in general anyway, any sort of shellfish, fish, even raw clams and those little heavenly salmon pink tongues of sea urchin I first ate in Crete but prawns are probably my favourite. Big bonus of this recipe is that it’s easy and quick to make as everything comes together really quickly and the prawns stay incredibly sweet and juicy. You can get this really easily in Chinese restaurants in Malaysia but why do that when it’s so easy to make at home?
I would say eat it with plain boiled rice to balance out the sweet, salty, spicy nutty flavours of the oats and prawns. It’s pretty much mandatory to suck off the flavoursome coating from the prawn shells before peeling them off. So. Good.
Oatmeal Prawns (modified from kuali.com)
400g large prawns, or 12 large prawns shells on
5 bird’s eye chillies
2 stalks curry leaves
5 dried chillies, cut into sections
3 tbsp butter
3/4 cup cornflour
1 tsp chicken stock powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tbsp sugar
Trim away the feelers and spiny protrusion above the eyes with kitchen scissors. Make a slit along the back with a sharp knife and remove the black intestinal tract.
Pat dry and coat with cornflour, shaking off any excess.
Heat a wok to medium high heat and add some sunflower oil to coat the pan about a couple of millimetres.
Fry the prawns in two batches. Turn them over when they shells have turned colour and fry on the other side. Dish out and set aside.
Don’t clean the wok. Add in half the butter with a little bit of oil to prevent it burning. Stir fry the oats until golden brown. Dish out and set aside.
Add the remaining butter with another bit of oil. Fry both chillies and curry leaves briskly until fragrant but be careful not to burn them. Add in the seasoning ingredients and oats and mix thoroughly before adding the prawns. Give it a quick stir and serve.