Singaporean Cereal Butter Prawns Recipe | Ingredients + Cereal Brand + How To Cook

One of my favorite dishes is Cereal Prawns. I always order it whenever we dine in at Shiok Shiok. But because of the pandemic, I seldom go out. Even though I miss dining out, I don't want to risk it for fear of contacting the dreaded Covid-19 virus. 

So, the next best thing to do is to cook my favorite dish.

Cereal Prawns | 3 Main Ingredients

  • 6 large Prawns (remove head and shell then devein; leave tail)
  • 2 sachets of Nestle Nestum Cereal Original 3-in-1 (28g/sachet)
  • 3 branches of Curry Leaves 

Nestum Original 3-in-1 | Cereal brand used in Singaporean Cereal Prawn 

Anyway, because I miss eating it, I searched online for legit Cereal Prawn recipe. Luckily, I found    several posts. But almost all recipes didn't include the brand name of the cereal they used. I am so glad I found one blog that named Nestum as the brand that tastes like the legit Singaporean dish lah.

Where to buy Nestum?

Nestum is not available in supermarkets that I frequent to so I searched over at Shopee and found it... yey! The Quezon City seller shipped the item immediately. I ordered May 25 and received it on May 27. It is Nestum Original 3-in-1 pouch. One pouch contains 15 sachets. Cost varies per seller. I got mine for PhP268 but I only paid PhP178 via Shopee Pay using Shopee voucher, coins and free shipping.  

Since the Nestrum delivered was already 3-in-1, it already contains milk and sugar. I don't recommend adding more milk and sugar. 

Where to buy Curry Leaves?

Next, I looked for curry leaves. There is no substitute for it. It gives off the aroma that Singaporean Cereal Prawns is known for. I need it.

Unimart in Greenhills, San Juan is selling it for PhP111/pack. The brand is Basic Necessity Salad Time (see photo above). 

Where to buy Large Prawns (Sugpo)?

I bought large prawns from Robinsons Supermarket. It costs PhP 1158/kilo. 12 pieces is about half a kilo or PhP 600.  In this entry, I only use 6 large prawns for a family of 3. 

I am sure that you have the remaining ingredients needed in your pantry like:

  • Butter
  • Bell Pepper or chili if you want that spicy kick in your dish
  • For batter, 1 medium Egg and 1 tbsp. Cornstarch
  • Oil for frying the prawns

How to Cook Singaporean Cereal Butter Prawns | Recipe


and Toss

  1. In a bowl, combine egg and cornstarch and stir well. 
  2. Add in prawns (remove shell but leave the tail then devein) in the batter.
  3. Heat up the pan and then add cooking oil.
  4. Cook the prawn. Wait for the prawns to turn pinkish red- a great indication that it is already cooked.
  5. Add in the remaining egg batter. Wait for the egg to turn slightly golden brown.
  6. Remove from pan and set aside.
  7. Melt butter in a pan. Add in chili or bell peppers and curry leaves.
  8. Stir fry until fragrant. 
  9. Toss in the prawns.
  10. Add 1 or 2 sachets of Nestrum Original 3-in-1 till the cereal turns golden. 
  11. Serve hot over rice and enjoy!

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