Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Butter Oats Asparagus

I'm sure Cereal Prawn is one of the very well-liked dishes amongst the CNY celebration food.  A popular dish that served at most zi char stalls and restaurants. Of course ... the prices hiked during festive season too.

We have been feasting with too much meaty stuffs during the CNY celebration week. So instead of using prawns, I tried out with just asparagus, so called "a vegetable dish". I have adopted asparagus 芦笋 in cooking some CNY dishes as it sounds auspicious like 顺顺, 如意顺利 {proceed smoothly in whatever you do} ^-^!
Anyway, glad that my family liked it as I again 'agak-agak' guesstimate the taste and ingredients.

Butter Oats Asparagus
Serves 4
Ingredients :
1 bundle asparagus about 200g
100g unsalted butter (you can use salted butter and omit/reduce the salt)
100g plain oats or cereal (I used rolled oats)
3 - 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 - 3 red chilli padi, deseed and thinly sliced
Curry leaves, a handful just the leaves without stem. Wash clean and pat dry with kitchen towel.
1 - 2 tablespoons sugar (adjust the sweetness to your preference).
Pinch of salt to taste
Cooking oil for pan-frying the asparagus

1) Wash, rinse and drain the asparagus in colander.  Cut and discard about 1cm of bottom stalk. Cut diagonally about 1 inch long lengthwise.

2) In a wok or frying pan, heat some cooking oil with medium flame.
Pan-fry the asparagus for about 2 minutes, remove and set aside. Lightly pat with kitchen towel to drain off any excess oil.

3) Using the same wok or frying pan, wipe clean the excess oil with some kitchen towel. Melt the butter over low flame.  Stir-fry the garlic followed by chilli padi and curry leaves until fragrant. The curry leaves looked crisp at this stage and you could also smell the aroma of chilli and curry leaves.

4) Add in the oats and sugar, quickly stir them around. Pour in the asparagus, pinch of salt and coat with oats mixture evenly for about a minute. (Note: use low flame as the oats will be browned very quickly in high heat).

Off the flame, dish to a serving plate and serve immediately.

We loved the fragrance of butter & curry leaves. Mouthful of crispy crunchy oats a perfect complement to the asparagus! Enjoy!

Here's wishing everyone 顺顺利利 , 万事如意in Year of the Red Fire Monkey! 

Linking this post to Cook & Celebrate Chinese New Year 2016 hosted by Yen from GoodyFoodies, Diana from The Domestic Goddess Wannabe and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids


  1. This is very interesting - it is a combination that I would never have dreamt of!

  2. Good idea to use asparagus... ;)

  3. Karen, you are so innovative! Yes, I think this works well with asparagus.

  4. I love both oats and asparagus...but using both of them in one dish..that's new to me. It looks so delicious!

  5. Hi Karen,

    You know what... Being a vege person (plus I'm allergy to prawns), I would definitely prefer this dish MORE than the meaty (or prawns) ones. *wink*


  6. Hi Karen ! I love asparagus look delicious :)

  7. Hi Karen,
    Such a healthy and delicious dish! Yup, the price of prawns have gone up, and so is everything else! After all the heavy feasting during CNY, I would gladly eat a plateful of this!
    Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and family!

  8. Hi Karen, love how you made this such a beautiful and healthy dish, love the color.

  9. This looks absolutely delicious ♥

  10. Hi Karen, Happy CNY!!!! You've something special and awesome dish over here, yum yum!

  11. Hi Karen, Happy CNY!!!! You've something special and awesome dish over here, yum yum!

  12. Hi Karen, welcome back! I totally miss reading your posts. This is an amazing combination. I'd never have thought of having asparagus this way. ♥ ♥

  13. hi karen, this is definately a very innovative way of cooking asparagus!. 祝你顺顺利利 throuout the monkey year!

  14. Hi Karen,
    I must agree with the others, never in a million years would I think to use oats with asparagus. However, after seeing this dish and the other fragrantt ingredients you've added, it makes a whole lotta sense! Now, I can't wait until asparagus season to try it!

    Thank you so much for sharing and a very Happy CNY to you and yours!!!


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