Budget Kitchen 2: DTF's Prawn Pancakes

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Today's Budget Kitchen brings you to a recipe that I whipped up based on agaration, and from the advice from my ever trusty mother-in-law. The Din Tai Fung prawn pancake is one dish that our family always orders because it is soooo perfect.

Nice, succulent prawn mixed with a whole lot of stuff and then pan-fried to perfect crispiness. I loveeeee to go with my Egg Fried Rice! The unfortunate thing is that we cannot always go to DTF whenever a craving kicks in because.. 1) The nearest DTF is still a couple of MRT stops away from us and 2) it is quite expensive!

So I decided to give it a go in my kitchen to create my own style of prawn pancake. Here are the ingredients and steps:


15 pieces of large grey prawn - deshelled, deveined and chopped finely
1/2 stalk of carrot - chopped
1 stalk of spring onions - chopped
2 pieces of beancurd skin
1 egg white
Sesame Oil
Soy Sauce


1. Marinate the chopped grey prawn with pepper, sesame oil and soy sauce for preferably a couple of hours.

2. Mix the chopped carrots and spring onions into the chopped prawn.

3. On a dry table, spread the mixed paste on the beancurd skin generously. Place another beancurd skin over when you are done and pat gently to achieve the flattened effect.

4. Seal the ends with egg white.

5. Heat the pan and make sure that the oil is hot, then carefully put the pancake into the pan to fry until golden.

6. Drain the oil and serve hot!

Cost Breakdown

  • Grey Prawns - $7
  • Carrot - $0.40
  • Spring onions - get it for free, go hustle with your vegetable auntie when you buy veg!
  • Beancurd skin - $1.20
  • Egg - $0.20
Total: $8.80

You Might Also Like


  1. Love it that it seems so simple. I haven't tried the DTF one yet but the pic of this looks delicious already. And i like it that the cost is so low!
    Vivien ( Beautiful Chaos )

  2. Love your concept "Budget Kitchen"!
    Will share your DTF prawn recipe with my Mrs, thumbs up!

    cheers, Andy

  3. I'm allergic to prawns but your recipe looks too good to miss. I shall use other meat instead. :)

  4. Simple, home-made and really budget!! These kind of recipes moms always need.

  5. Ah ha! The 'secret' is out! We love the DTF version and now...with your help, we can hopefully recreate it at home too! Thanks for sharing!

  6. The two words that make me salivate - prawns and fry! Have bookmarked this recipe! Hope to try it soon!

  7. These are some wonderful quick and easy recipes that too a healthy option.


Hello! Thank you for dropping by and leaving me a comment! This comment form is under moderation to keep spam and hate messages out. We are here to spread the love! :)