You must be wondering, how is this post a family project. Let me explain.
My whole family is quite hilarious. We set up a group chat on Whatsapp and named it “Super Group” (of course! haha) and have been chatting to each other ever since. The 6 of us are a funny bunch and we chat about everything and anything. We are close like that. (: But the main topic that we usually discuss is of course, FOOD! We are quite a foodie family, I must admit. We enjoy cooking and we definitely enjoy eating. haha
A recent topic has been this particular dish we had at Jumbo Seafood Restaurant when they had a branch at Serangoon Gardens Country Club a few years back. It’s a favourite among the kiddos in the family and we never fail to order them when we are dining there. And now it’s gone, and we have been craving for it since!
Have you ever tried to recreate a dish that you tried at a restaurant/cafe? This was a first for me. My mum did try once a few years back, but it didn’t turn out quite the same, though still yummy. This time, I read up on some recipes online and realise it was the type of cheese we used. We always thought that we have to use the fancy cheeses. Shredded tasty, mozzarella and was pretty close to getting the expensive gruyere to give it the last shot. But thanks to Bee from Rasa Malaysia, I found out that what chinese restaurants use is actually the slice Kraft cheese! I couldn’t quite believe it. But if there’s someone I would trust, it’s definitely Bee! So I told my mum to try using the slice cheese and being the spontaneous people we are, she made it that very night the conversation took place! haha
I planned to cook it the next day, as Friday was seafood day. Mum gave me feedback the night she cooked it, and told me that using slice Kraft cheese was perfect! It worked out well and tasted very close to the once we had at Jumbo! I got really excited. Couldn’t wait to try it!
Cheesy Butter Prawns (Adapted from Rasa Malaysia)
500g prawns, leave shells on
30g salted butter
1/4 large onion, finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
75ml thickened cream
4 slices Kraft cheese
3 heap tsp of corn starch, to coat the prawns before deep frying
vegetable oil, for deep frying the prawns
salt and ground white pepper to season
coriander, for garnish
1) Prepare the prawns, take the heads off and keep it for other use. Carefully slice the prawn into half, length wise, keeping the shell intact and devein. Put the corn starch and coat the prawns well. Deep fry the prawns in very hot oil until the prawns are crispy and the shells have turned orangey-red. Drain and set aside.
2) Heat up a non-stick pan and add the butter. Add the garlic and onion, frying till fragrant. Careful not to burn the garlic, as it will leave a bitter after taste. Pour the thickened cream and milk into the pan, bringing it to boil. Add the prawns and lay the cheese slices on top of the prawns. Cover the pan, leaving the heat on high, and let it simmer for a few minutes or until the cheese melts and the sauce thickens. If the sauce is too thick, just add a bit more milk, a tablespoon at a time.
3) Take the lid off and stir to combine the cheese well with the prawns. Season with salt and ground white pepper. Dish out and garnish with coriander.
Serve and eat immediately with steamed jasmine rice! ENJOY!
The good thing about leaving the shell on is that it retains more of the cheese sauce which is really delicious and it’s so crispy you can just devour the whole thing! (: Well the mr and I sure did! I foresee us cooking this dish very often from now. haha Think I got to lift more weights to burn those calories off! Luckily, I’ve got a husband who is a Personal Trainer! *phew*
I declare our first family project a success! (:
23 thoughts on “Cheesy Butter Prawns : A Family Project”
Ohh cheesy and yummy 🙂 There are so many things i’d love to recreate at home ~ But lol don’t think i’d be any good at doing it ~ because I really am still learning how to cook hehe 😛 Thanks for sharing this great recipe! Will have to get Mr Bao to try it and YAY Kraft Cheese is easy to get 😀
hehe (: no worries babe! Definitely ask Mr Bao to try! I am very sure you both will love it! that’s if you love cheese that is! hehe (: and slowly! You will pick up cooking in no time! 😀
kraft cheese so cool! haha i try to replica dishes often but most of it fails 😦
Don’t worry! haha Mine fails too! I’m just lucky this time! hehe and yes! Kraft cheese! Who knew!!??
Wow! Ignoring the fact that it’s Kraft cheese this actually looks really good! I hate peeling the shells though….
haha when you taste the dish as a whole, you won’t even know it’s Kraft cheese! (: hehe if you like, can always just use peeled prawns! Will taste as delicious!
haha i love that you used what I call “plastic cheese” nothing wrong with it though! Looks delicious!
haha trust me i was hesitant to use it as well but the end product was really dilicious! 😛
Haha! Cool. I love plastic cheese. I used to get a cheese roll from the school canteen and it was delicious plastic cheese 🙂 Nom,!
Haha I love how everyone is calling it plastic cheese! Hehe but sometimes the bad things always taste the best!
Whoa, this looks GOOD! llllllooooooove cheese on anything really hehe
hehe yes! hehe I am with you dearie! (:
YUM 🙂 These look oozey meltey fab!
hehe they are super yummy! hehe You have to give it a try if you don’t mind plastic cheese hehe (:
heh this recipe makes me so happy :’D cheesy and buttery, doesn’t get better than that! going to try this out ^^
hehe im glad! Let me know how it goes! hope you like it!! hehe
Hey there 😉
Came across ur blog for this recipe 🙂 mind telling me what thickened cream u used for this? Im abroad so its a bit hard to find malaysian ingredients here. Let me know! Thanks!
Hi Nabilah! Just the bulla thickened cream from normal supermarkets! Not the asian kind so I think should be quite easy to get!
what kind of milk should i use? fresh milk or creamer milk?
Wow…simple as that? Surely am gonna try out with my newly catch lobster. Can’t wait to try.
Yes! Its so easy and ridiculously delicious! My son loves this!