Monday, March 8, 2010

Recipe: Prawn noodles

Prawn noodles or known as Hokkien noodles by Penangites is a popular dish easily prepared. The only obstacle is the soup which popular stalls will spend many hours to boil. However, there are some short cuts to obtain a good soup without leaving the pot on the stove overnight. I have attempted to cook this dish once for my family and a few friends to enjoy so I'll share this recipe for all.

  • Noodles - preferably rice noodles
  • Water (I made the assumption that I need 250ml per serving, but don't worry if you have too much water because when you boil for long periods the water will evaporate a little) 
  • Prawns - (don't throw the head away, you'll need it.)
  • Pork slices (no-fat) or chicken shreds (pre-cooked)
  • Hard boiled egg sliced like the one in the picture
  • Water Spinach or Kangkong (Ipomoea aquatica) (optional - Mung bean sprout)
  • Onions (use pre-fried onions in oil if you're press for time)
  • Salt to taste
  • Anchovies (ikan bilis) stock (cube or loose powder is fine) (your short cut to reduce boiling time)
  • Oil for frying the onions and prawn heads (palm oil is fine, but try avoid vegetable oil it doesn't go well with frying sea food)
  • Dried chili powder (optional)
  • Boil the water in a pot.
  • Pour the oil on a skillet and fry the onions until brown, remove the onions and reuse the oil to fry the prawn flesh and head to bring out the aroma. Remove the cooked prawn flesh (leave the head). Turn off the fire and let it cool a little before putting the prawn and oil into the water pot. If it's too hot the hot oil will splash out of the boiling pot of water (remember water and oil don't mix) and you might get injured. So be careful. 
  • The original recipe requires one to boil for a few hours to bring out the aroma. As a short cut, add anchovies stock into the soup so you can reduce your boiling time to about an hour. If you are in for spicy soup, add the dried chili powder now.
  • While you boil the soup, you can start cooking the other ingredients by blanching (in slightly salted water) the noodles, water spinach and chicken or pork meat individually.
  • Put the noodles, water spinach, meat, prawn and egg in individual bowls. Only pour in the soup when you are about to serve.
  • Garnish with fried onions before serving
  • Bon Appetite!


    1. miss ur Prawn noodles very much :p

    2. (^_^)

      Yup yup. That was the one and only time I cooked for you, huh? I missed seeing you enjoy my cooking~!

    3. this look so yummylicious ! i am hungry nowww

    4. I love great tips to shorten the cooking time ^_^d! TY, my dear. Your recipe looks very delicious.

    5. @Jess: (^_^) don't worry, you are not the only one who drools over food pictures.

      @Rosidah: You can try it too - minus the pork of course. (^_^)


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