Deep Fried Butter Oats Prawn Recipe for Chinese New Year

Written by Lingzie

Topics: Chinese New Year, Recipes

I know I’ve been guilty of neglecting this blog lately. How time flies when you’re caught up in a whirlwind of activity and when you’re having fun!

The first gust of wind came when I decided, that this year, I would cook Chinese New Year reunion dinner! ~faints~ I had no idea what came over me when the thought entered my mind and refused to budge. Perhaps I was getting bored of eating outside food all the time. Perhaps I was tired of the long waiting time and the horrid traffic jams. And so I pictured a quiet, leisurely dinner at home. After all, how hard would it be to cook a dinner for 7 ?

Little did I know what cooking an actual reunion dinner would entail! First off, my kitchen was barely a functioning kitchen! All I had was a microwave oven, a confectioner’s oven and gas. No wok, no pots, no pan, very little utensils and no rice cooker! The fridge held little except fruits, the odd bottle of juice, ice cream, bread and some yoghurt.

Thus began the whirlwind of sprucing up my kitchen, trips to the morning market, wok and rice cooker hunting and more trips to the market!

Finally last weekend, my brother and I had a trial run of the dishes we had intended to cook (just to make sure we didn’t poison anyone). And therefore, I proudly present to you the very first dish to come out from my born again kitchen!


I was very set on having a prawn dish for Chinese New Year. Prawn symbolizes happiness and all of us could surely use plenty of that!

It actually looks pretty good right? Needless to say I’m so proud of myself! Haha! Now, I’ll just have to re-enact this for Sunday’s dinner! 😛

Deep Fried Butter Oats Prawn Recipe (adapted from this recipe book I bought from Popular)


600g fresh prawns

2 teaspoons Tapioca Flour

1 chopped red chilli OR 2-3 chopped bird’s eye chilli (chili padi) – I used red chillies cos I forgot to get chili padi from the market

4 sprigs curry leaves

4 tablespoons butter/margerine

6 tablespoons fried oats

2 pinch sugar

2 pinch salt

Cooking Instructions:

1. Clean prawns and cut off antennae and tail. Sprinkle tapioca flour over the cleaned prawns and mix evenly.

2. Prepare fried oats – add in oats in a hot wok and fry til the oats turn a shade darker. Remove and set aside.

3. Heat up oil in a pot enough for deep frying. Once the oil is hot, deep fry prawns until golden brown. (Be careful of oil splattering!) Set aside.

4. Place butter/margarine in a hot wok, add in red chillies/chilli padi and curry leaves. Fry til fragrant.

5. Add in prawns, sugar and salt. Finally add in the fried oats and stir  till even.

6. Serve! And tuck in! 🙂


17 Comments Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. email2me says:

    Nothing to head ache what. This is the best time where you can test out every single recipe (IF you are so eager to cook) from Food Buzz. Just click recipe. Plenty of stuffs and recommendations to cook already.

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  2. ck lam says:

    Good to see your review after disappearing for some time. Since you are into cooking now, any chance of us getting to taste it one day??? The prawn looks inviting lor.

    ck lam´s last blog post..Hokkien Mee with Pork Knuckle @Presgrave Street

  3. Your deep fried butter oats prawn looks yummy!

    FoOd PaRaDise´s last blog post..Hai Nan Homecook Chinese Restaurant

  4. PenangTuaPui says:

    this is my favourite dish and the one that i know how to cook….

    PenangTuaPui´s last blog post..Chinese New Year Special | Kuih Kapit (Love Letters) Pt 2

  5. cariso says:

    Wow! Cook for reunion dinner! You are BRAVE! 🙂

    cariso´s last blog post..?? @ Sakae Sushi

  6. Mei says:

    WOW! mmmm….looks YUM Lingzie!

  7. wahhh..sudden want to attempt cookign for 7?? heheh.. will wait for ur blog avt it!

    thenomadGourmand´s last blog post..Sids Pub at TTDI

  8. gill gill says:

    hehe, finally you are back!

    Homecook is priceless lingzie, keep it up! (if you starts to have this homey thinking…which means…hehehe…you are matured enough…can married liao….hahahahaha)
    im sure your family will be very appreacite with your intention and contribution for the reunion dinner!

    Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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  9. ladyironchef says:

    hello there. thanks for dropping by! yeah the butter oats prawn look tempting, especially the crust. haha! yay! know another food blogger from penang liao. haha : )

    happy Chinese new year!

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  10. Hey, good to see you back here!!! And the prawns look real yummy!!! You did a great job!!! Keep it up!

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  11. buzzingbee says:

    wow…cooking for CNY is real tough. Your dish looks great!
    Happy Lunar New Year to you and your family! 🙂

  12. wah…. looks very similar to the one I ate at “Hao You” so I go to ur house to “Pai Nian” you cook this for me ok? Btw, happy chinese new year and many return on this nice event to you and your family.´s last blog post..Great Kick Start Breakfast @ No.76 Coffee Stall Batu Lanchang

  13. vkeong says:

    Wow, big and nice prawns! Hope you have a ‘Xiu Ha Ha’ year just like the prawns 🙂

    And Happy Prosperous Ox Year!

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  14. Gong Xi Fatt Cai!!!! may 2009 brings you lots of love and joy and lots of success!

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  15. Nate says:

    Ooooh! butter prawns. I haven’t had them in so long. Love the curry leaves!

    Happy Niu Year!

    Nate´s last blog post..Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Chinese New Year Cioppino Hot Pot

  16. Oats are so healthy… and butter so yummy… and prawns symbolise prosperity… so this will be a deliciously healthy and prosperous dish? (Ignores the cholesterol… LOL)

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  17. Denise says:

    Hi! i’ve try your receipe. i didn’t use the flour but used corn flour with egg. it turn out good.. it’s 8 out of 10

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