Thursday, March 20, 2014

Prawn Mee

This soupy noodle prawn mee comes so close to the previous Prawn Mee as well. The soup/broth is made with prawn shells and heads. So if you're thinking of making this dish or the lemongrass prawn mee or the prawn mee hoon soup, I suggest that the next time you cook prawns, save keep the shells and heads - rinse thoroughly and store in the fridge. And to make the broth, simmer the shells and heads over "very” low heat. You can also fry them with tad bit of oil before pouring water in. Doing so will add another layer of flavour to uplift the aroma. Precisely what I did for this recipe. Of course, with more shells and heads, the broth will be more rich packed full of flavour.

The stock is one thing, the other is the sambal/chili dip; scoop(s) added into the broth and the balance to be eaten with prawn mee - the true calling for the true Malaysian flavours. And I'm sure you will agree I did a good job with the pictures as well. Didn't I?? Say yeh!!
For the broth
3 cups prawn shells and heads
1 tbsp of oil

For the sambal/chili dip
1 tbsp dried chili paste
1 tsp belacan dried shrimp powder (optional)
(Note: you can also ground/blend dried red chilies with roasted belacan/shrimp paste)
2 tbsp of oil
A pinch of salt  
For the topping (as needed)
Fresh prawns (remove shells and heads and de-vein)
Mee hoon/rice vermicelli (or any other type) - blanched to soften
Kangkung/water spinach - cut away the roots, slid into two and sliced into 1 inch length
Boiled eggs
Fried shallots
Spring onion - shredded/sliced thinly
Lime wedges

For the broth
Heat oil and when heated, fry shells and heads till crispy.
Pour about 1 1/2 litre of water.
(more water for more broth)
Simmer over low heat for about an hour.
Drain off the shells and heads.
Pour back the broth into the pot.

For the sambal/chili dip
Fry chili paste and shrimp powder in heated oil.
Continue frying till oil splits.
Season with a bit of salt.
Remove and keep aside

Add a scoop of the chili dip into the broth.
Season with salt if needed.
Blanch fresh prawns in broth for a couple of mins or until tender.
Remove; cool down and slice into two pieces.
Blanch kangkung in broth to soften and keep aside.
Assemble noodles with blanched prawns and kangkung, eggs, fried shallots and spring onion.
Pour broth over.
Serve with chili dip and lime wedge(s).
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  1. love the soup but more than that love sambal dip.

  2. You are the soup queen, so many yummy soup recipes you post
    Keep in touch

  3. drooling here..looks so flavourful & delish...loved that dip too...

  4. So lovely prawn mee.....This is new to me and ur pics tells how drool worthy it is :)

  5. noodle soup looks awesome .def a colorful meal ....

  6. wow, this looks yummy!! hearty yet comforting bowl of prawn mee!

  7. inviting prawn mee....nice to know the tip about making soup broth using prawn head and shell,Next time,I will not throw these parts

  8. New one to me...the preparation of the broth is quite informative I got it as to why I see people taking home the heads n shells of prawns. Nice comfort soup.

  9. Looks very comforting and filling.. Loved your photos..

  10. Looks so yummy,, wud love to give this a shot.. thanks fr sharing ♥
    Do check out my latest post.. Thank u :)

  11. Looks so tempting Nava ! like a pic from a table in a restaurant :)

  12. This soupy noodle looks very yummy and tempting.

  13. I like it hot,best prawn mee is in Penang.

  14. Yummi-licious! Love the shots with the lights coming in! Did you buy those photography lighting recently?

  15. Looks good but I m vegetarian. ..
    Lovely clicks navi...

  16. Amazing photography and a delicious recipe... this looks like a perfect combo :)

  17. wow it looks delicious!
    very nice blog by the way :)

    kisses from Russia,

  18. looks absolutely delish. droooling.

  19. Its a pretty new combination for me Prawn Mee with Sambal dip. Quite inviting and great Pictorial.

  20. that last picture is really good nava...

  21. your soups are so tempting, delicious and awesome....

  22. Wow! I love the broth that is created by boiling prawns heads and shells. That flavour has no substitute. Making a soup out of that can take it a step ahead. As always, it's an amazing recipe with stunning imagery.

  23. interesting soup with prawn shells, love it!!!

  24. Drooling over this soup, I love the addition hard boiled egg on this soup!

  25. Luce muy delicioso y adorable color me encantan las sopas,abrazos :)

  26. wow, thats hard work especially cooking this broth

  27. Wow, what awesome clicks... you would surely turn a vegetarian into the other :) Haha


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