Skip to main content

Penang Hokkien Mee (Prawn Mee/Har Meen/Mee Yoke)

Penang famed Hokkien Mee. Actually, you know what? When I first visited Penang, it was quite a food confusing matter for me about Hokkien Mee. I always thought Hokkien Mee (Malaysian Fried Mee) is the wet and fried in soy sauce yellow thick noodles. Not until the bowl of noodles, ordered by my Penang cousin appeared on our table and then me being told that, Hokkien Mee in Penang is Prawn Mee, or Har Meen, or Mee Yoke. What a food discovery even for a Malaysian like me. Hokkien Mee. Noodles drenched or generously soaking in prawn broth. Prawn broth made from prawn shells and heads which definitely adds natural sweetness and quite a wondrous aroma in soup of Hokkien Mee. Pretty much broth/soup being the centrality for a tasty Hokkien Mee (Home Made Curry Mee) and then, we need the sambal dip and for assembling, let's just leave it open. Though generally, the ingredients are kangkung/water spinach, boiled eggs, fish cake, prawns and so do add bean sprouts as well (Tom Yam Fried Mee Hoon). 

For broth/soup
2 cups prawn shells/heads
2 tbsp of oil

For sambal/chilli dip
3 tbsp grounded/blended dried red chillies
4 tbsp of oil

For assembling
Yellow mee (as needed) - blanch to soften
10 prawns (remove heads, shells and vein)
2 boiled eggs (cut into 2)
1 piece fish cake (slice)
3-4 stalks of kangkung (water spinach)

Wash prawn shells/heads thoroughly. 
In heated oil (2 tbsp), fry shells/heads till crispy and pink in colour. 
Pour 2 liters of water.
Simmer over very low heat for about 45 minutes to extract stock.   
Drain stock, discard heads and shell, and pour stock back in the pot.
Simmer and season with salt.
Optional - add a tiny bit of anchovy granules/cube.
Let broth simmer over low heat.
Meanwhile, heat the 4 tbsp of oil for sambal. 
Fry blended/grounded chillies with a pinch of salt till oil splits.
Remove and keep aside.
Add a little portion of this chilli into the broth.

To serve:
Blanch prawns in stock.
Do the same for kangkung (1 to 2 mins will do).
Assemble; noodles, prawns, egg, fish cake and kangkung. 
Pour soup/stock generously inside. 
Serve with the other portion of  fried chillies and calamansi lime.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Malaysian Sodhi (Indian Coconut Milk Stew)

Sodhi. Coconut milk infused and laced ( Shrimp Coconut Milk ) Indian coconut stew. In fact, sodhi is the branching of  Masak Lemak ( Vegetarian Malay Spinach Coconut Stew ), or vice-versa or whichever. Sodhi is definitely a popularity amongst the Indians and without a doubt, in my house as well. Sodhi is usually drenched over rice, and eaten alongside side dishes. Trust me, nothing like sodhi soaking or flooding up your rice and then, using your hands for mushy-mushy diving inside eating style. Sodhi. Like, every once a week in my house. In other words, a regularity and it is a dish that can be put up effortlessly. Needless to say, easy cooking and mind you, there are other variances of sodhi too, which I have already shared before ( Malu Kirata , Kiri Hodi , Prawn Sodhi & Cabbage Sodhi ). This latest sodhi? Basically, the humble, basic simplicity, but why a Malaysian Sodhi? Well, Cooked by this “The Crazy Lover” who is a typical, true and true Malaysian, and cooked in her, most o

Mochakottai Karuvadu Kulumbu (Field Beans Salted Fish Curry)

Look at this earthen pot and in it thick, salty, spicy and vibrantly exciting to our palates and eyes  Mochakottai Karuvadu Kulumbu (Field Beans Salted Fish Curry). Like immediately can trigger our hunger throne right? I know. I am definitely a big fan of this Indian style salted fish curry and salted fish on the whole by itself ( Spicy Ikan Bilis Potato , Sambal Tumis Ikan Bilis  &  Sambal Kentang Ikan Asin ), can drive me crazy because I so love saltiness. In fact, every day can be a salted fish meal day for me ( Salted Fish Pickle , Bean Sprouts Salted Fish  & Steamed Pork Salted Fish ). But, I think we all know it? Too much of saltiness and salt can ruin our health? Of course. Then again, there is such a thing as every now and then saltiness as our best friend? How do make this salted fish curry? Nothing much, no major confusing cooking matter ( Salted Fish Bone Curry ). My recipes as always will never cause you to struggle in the kitchen. Ingredients listed below

Restoran Orkid Thai - Section 9, Shah Alam

By the third day, Iphone 7 started showing its dark side. Really a terrifying-horrible shocking discovery, it kept rebooting every now and then for no apparent reason. Obviously, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Duh! Its a brand new phone I paid from  my savings ( Da De Bak Kut Teh Subang Jaya ), never ever have I encountered such a problem with my previous faithfully yours 6 year old Iphone 5. Absolutely heart wracking, I really couldn’t find the time ( Karaikudi Chicken Curry & Fikcles Cafe Taman Tun ) to rush to the service centre amidst the busyness of getting ready for the family wedding and another travel venture ( Oats Fried Prawn s ). Keeping my fingers crossed, hoping it’s just a minor teething problem, I went ahead with shopping nearby Plaza Shah Alam and Plaza Masalam. Accompanied by my niece, we bought a couple of things and then of course, naturally, shopping is more or less regarded as synonymous with hunger throne.