So after a week's absence, we are back. As you know, the boy went on a field trip somewhere far, far away and has just returned last Saturday hence the absence of the posts. It was the first time he went away overseas without either parent so I was a bit antsy which apparently (thank God) was for no reason. He mingled quite well with the other kids and was not a bother to the upper school prefect. He told me that he did not miss me nor feel homesick--a proof that he's super sick of my nagging (which I vowed I will keep doing so long as he keeps on doing stuff he's not supposed to and vice-versa) and of his growing independence. However, as independent as he may seem, it still gave me much satisfaction hearing this third sentence from him: "Mom, what for my lunchbox next week?" ***sighs*** I am mighty pleased with these lunchboxes.
So this week I am sharing my recipe of Cereal Prawns, something so easy to make but is sold in restaurants here in Manila at disgustingly exorbitant prices. It's pretty sick. One restaurant even sells it at PhP150.00 a piece. That's just too much for something so very simple to make. One may actually buy mixes for Cereal Prawns in groceries abroad which I too tried. We purchased some in Singapore which tasted a bit too salty and one in Malaysia which was perfect. Both also contained MSG. However, there is no reason why you can't make it here from readily available and very cheap store-bought stuff sans the MSG too. I must admit though, that I have not tried those versions sold here. This recipe is based on what I remember tasting in Singapore and so I dare say, this is a pretty good guide. :-)
Today's lunchbox: Cereal Prawns (Cereal separated), Steamed Rice with Babirang
1 Kilo medium-sized prawns, shelled and deveined
salt and pepper to taste
3 Packets Nesvita Cereal Drink--original flavor (Nestum in other countries)
4 Tablespoons Coffee Creamer
4 Tablespoons Cerelac--original flavor which is wheat and banana (Yes the baby food)
4 Teaspoons Quick-Cooking Oats
2-3 Tablespoons Butter
a fist-full of curry leaves
4 cloves crushed garlic
2 chili padi (or more if you like it spicy)
- Season your prawns with salt and pepper and quickly fry in oil. Set aside but do not drain because the oil is needed if you want the cereal to stick to the prawns.
- In a bowl, mix together all dry ingredients: cereal drink, creamer, cerelac, oats and season with a bit of salt and pepper.
- In the same pan where you fried the prawns, remove nearly all the oil and saute in it the garlic, chili padi and curry leaves. When garlic is golden and the chili has released its oil, add in the butter and all of the cereal mix. Toss around until crumbly like the texture of polvoron or pie crust.
- Toss in the prawns and voila! Cereal Prawns that didn't cost an arm and a leg to make.