Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Shrimp Pho

Alright guys, what's with me and cooking lately? Honestly, been quite a thing. Mostly, quick and easy fix meals and like I have told you before, generally, our Malaysian and Indian dishes. For a change, I decided. I decided I should do a bowl food or noodle dish, but the question was which one. Of course, if not millions, there are literally hundreds and hundreds of recipes for a noodle dish. Still, back to the same question. Which noodle dish (Bee Hoon Soup). After like, maybe within the next 20 minutes, as usual, me taking a hard peep into my fridge, I sort of was confident I can put up a Vietnamese noodle dish (Lamb Pho). Obviously, not something new to me. Thus, I knew. I can come up with another version and how far further can we run when a Vietnamese noodle dish is a concern (Vietnamese Fish Soup)? If not all, some of the ingredients can be Malaysian found and grown (Penang Hokkien Mee), especially herbs and fish sauce is a regularity for us as well. Henceforth, coming into our food picture on this particular day was Shrimp Pho (Prawn Noodle Soup). Shrimps obviously are the central ingredient (Prawn Cocktail, Chinese Prawn Fritters, Grilled Spicy Prawns & Bitter Gourd Prawn Curry), in fact more important for the broth and then we need the rest of the ingredients as listed below. But if you are expecting a traditional Shrimp Pho, I think you will be disappointed. Mine is a modernised tweeted version and instead of incorporating chillies inside, I made a chilli dip. Of course, for diving into Shrimp Pho (Fried Shrimp Wanton, Sambal Udang & Devilled Prawns) alongside?

For the stock
2 cups shrimp heads and shells
1 lemongrass - smashed
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 slice fresh ginger 
 5 garlic
Some coriander leaves
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp anchovies granules (optional)
1 liter of water (or for the amount of stock needed)
Salt for taste

Accompaniments (as needed)
Fresh shrimps - de-vein and rinse
Mee hoon - soaked to soften
Bak choy or any other green leafy veggie – rinsed and cut into pieces.
Chinese black fungus - soaked to soften and sliced into long pieces
Spring onion - shredded
Calamansi lime
Chili Dip
1-2 tbsp dried chili paste
2 shallots - chopped
2 garlic - chopped
1/2 tsp shrimp paste/belacan powder
Salt for taste
2 tbsp of oil

For the broth
Into heated oil, fry shrimp heads and shells till crispy.
Add all the ingredients as listed for the broth.
Pour water and simmer over low heat for about an hour. 
Drain stock and pour back in the pot. 
Add granules and salt.
Stir and keep simmering over very low heat. 

For the dipping sauce
Fry all the ingredients in oil till till aromatic and oil splits. 
Remove and keep aside.

To serve
Blanch fresh shrimps, bak choy and fungus in the stock.
Add mee hoon into a bowl and top with blanched ingredients.
Pour stock over,, garnished with spring onion and pair with chilli dip and calamansi lime.


  1. this is nice..
    my normal prawn mee is always red colour..
    yours have lots of vegetables.. good...

  2. What a wonderful recipe utilising the discarded parts of prawns! Nava, I loved the neat, new look of your blog. Wish you a very happy new year!

  3. I like the idea of making stock with left over prawn, this soup looks perfect Nava yumm. for a winter night.

  4. nvm try this kind of prawn mee before should have some try :)

  5. I have never cooked with prawns,so I don't know id we can use the shells but when I first tasted lobster bisque, the chef told me they use shells in it. You have used the shells just as we make chicken stock. The chilli dipping sauce sounds interesting with it.

  6. This looks wonderful, I love the colours.

  7. Hi Nava, would you believe I'm posting a prawn noodle soup this week too?! Great minds huh? I love this dish and your dipping sauce sounds yummy!

  8. one of my fave preps for somple noodles at home but i serve only wit cut chillies and a squeeze of lime or lemon.

  9. WOW! This is amazingly delicious. Mouth -watering!

  10. This made my mouth water how delicious it looks.


Toyo Bowl Delights: Supporting Local Taste

In every collaboration at Nava's Zen, I maintain the tradition of treating my collaborator to a meal - a small token of gratitude for th...