What the kids eat in… Malaysia

Lucky children in Malaysia grow up eating these delicious prawn fritters called Cucur Udang.

Super easy to make, they’re a good way to get the kids eating a new protein. Not that I desperately need them to grow fond of expensive seafood, but sometimes my best friend and I like a bit of adult gourmet, and this recipe is a way to deliver both a kid-friendly and adult-tasty dinner in one dish (just sprinkle over some chilli, spring onions and coriander for the adults).

And they’re cooked in no time at all, completing the recipe golden triangle of interesting, easy and delicious.

Makanan ini enak!

Cucur Udang

1 cup self-raising flour
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp ground turmeric
(for colour, optional)
250g cooked prawns
4 spring onions,
thinly sliced
125g can corn kernels, drained
Handful of bean sprouts
1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
2 eggs, whisked
Canola oil, for frying
White pepper

Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl. Add the salt and turmeric (if using).

Peel and devein the prawns then chop them into a texture to suit your family (I need to nearly mince mine). Add to the bowl with the spring onion, corn and bean sprouts.

Mix it all together and add the chilli sauce, egg and pepper. Add 1 cup water, a little at a time, until you have a good batter consistency.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium–high heat. Spoon in ¼ cup amounts of the mixture and cook for a couple of minutes. Turn over and cook the other side until golden and cooked through. Drain on paper towel.

Serve the fritters with salad and bean sprouts.



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    zeti said,

    Hi Wendy, I am a Malay (and malaysian of course…) living in Leigh, NZ. I definitely agree with you about cucur udang. My kids love cucur udang. I always smuggle in the batter other various veges such as grated carrot, grated zucchini, grated cabbage, chopped onion (and I put the beansprout in the batter). Try using plain flour ( I used PF) instead of SRF because I think PF won’t absorb much oil compared to SRF. One of my kids used to pick the veges out, but after so many times being served with cucur udang with loads of grated veges, he stopped picking out the veges, instead he was enjoying himself with mum’s good old cucur udang. He is now 15 and still loving it!.

    Congratulations on your wonderful book. Will get one soon!

    best wishes,

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