Friday, July 20, 2012

Prawn Noodle Soup

Prawn Noodle Soup. Yep. Obviously. The dish of the day. Interesting because we Malaysians don't take prawns for their face value for savory dishes (Sichuan Chilli Prawns, Devilled Prawns, Tamarind Prawn Curry & Bitter Gourd Prawn Curry) or as an extra ingredient into our stir fries only. We actually take prawns more seriously. We in fact value their shells and heads. Yes, we do. We use shells and heads for prawn broth. Trust me, shells and heads are so good for infusing natural sweetness for the end result of a wondrous broth. Into the broth then? So many things we can do. Basically a broth you can toy around and decide in which dish and alongside what. I generally, being married to a man who is anti-pork and anti-chicken, prawn broth it has to be for noodle dishes (Malaysian Spicy Sour Fish Noodle Soup, Mee Rebus, Penang Assam Laksa, Bee Hoon Soup & Thai Fish Noodle Soup). Of course, do I have to say anything further? If prawn broth is a fair deal for him, prawns dishes? Yep. You are right. He has no qualms (Prawn Mango Curry, Tom Yam Prawn Fried Rice, Chinese Prawn Fritters, Grilled Spicy Prawns & Malaysian Prawn Fried Mee). Today's Prawn Noodle Soup? Prawn broth alright (Penang Hokkien Mee). So, next time you cook prawns, do not by any chance throw away the heads and shells. Make the broth and making the chilli paste which is tipped into the broth, followed by assembling. Yellow noodles, fish ball, prawns, lettuce leaves and broth ladled over and coriander leaves and spring onion garnished. Temping bowl of Prawn Noodle Soup? 

For the stock
3 cups of prawn shells/skin
2 tbsp oil

For the chili paste - blended or grounded
5 red chillies
5 shallots
1/2 ginger
2 tbsp oil

Other ingredients
Yellow noodles (as needed) - blanched to soften
8-10 medium size prawns - remove shells/skin
4-5 fish balls - sliced into 2 pieces
Lettuce leaves (as needed) - sliced into medium size pieces (or other green veg)
Coriander leaves and spring onion (as needed) - sliced thinly
Lime wedges (as needed)

For the stock
Heat oil and when heated, add prawn shells. 
Fry until crispy over low heat for about 10 mins or so.
Pour 1 liter of water and simmer for about an hour to extract broth. 
Drain off the shells and pour back broth in the same pot.

For the chilli paste
Heat oil and when heated, fry the paste till oil starts to split.
Tip into broth and stir.
Season with salt. 

To Serve
Add noodles in a bowl. 
Blanch prawns, fish balls and lettuce leaves in the broth and top up on noodles. 
Pour broth over. 
Garnish with coriander leaves, spring onion and serve with lime wedge. 

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  1. this looks wonderful deliciously done

  2. If I didn't read further, I would thought that you were having this at some 5 stars restaurant. Your cooking really looks like those in 5 stars restaurant/hotel.

  3. The weather it's been hot here too,and expected thunder storm next few days,,,perfect soup for rainy day,the color of the soup tell it all,,,YUMMY !!

  4. NK I really loved your food styling photography :-)

  5. Lov anything with lemongrass..very flavorful soup...

  6. Every time I see a recipe with lemongrass I always think I am going to try this then I forget, Now I am noting down in my ever growing bookmarks.

    This dish has some nice blend of ingredients. Have a great weekend Nava!

  7. olalalalala simply delicious....:)

  8. Thanks everyone for all the lovely comments. Do try the recipe and appreciate the feedback.

  9. The use of lemongrass adds so much my friend :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. lemongrass omg super love it :3

  11. This noodle bowl sounds fantastic!

  12. Lovely flavors in this soup and although its hot over here, I would still enjoy a bowl of this :)

  13. You know, I only recently started cooking with lemon grass. It is SO good :) Bookmarked!

  14. Will the flavour of lemongrass overwhelm the flavour of prawn? It looks good!!!

  15. Nave, I am a novice cookerist and I tried observing for the oil to split but i cant seem to see it.

  16. think i am terribly late here..but came over seeing this gorgeous soup form ur fb page ! love the addition of lemon grass..such amzing flavour it puts out (y)

  17. I can smell this :-) Looks so flavorful and delicious !


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