Thursday, October 27, 2011

Penang Prawn Noodle (Har Mee)

Penang Prawn Noodle (Har Mee) by  Natasha Lim:

I bought Delimas Penang Prawn Noodle Paste from AsianSupermarket365 quite some time ago. This online grocery store is truly my grocery shopping haven. I couldn't have satisfied my simple cravings from Curry Laksa to Kaya Toast of which I was so close to attempting at making the Homemade Kaya myself but then I decided to purchase Yeo’s Kaya (Coconut Jam). The truth is, I knew that I couldn't last more than an hour or so, standing near the stove to stir the Kaya spread. Besides being so easily obtainable, it's only at $3.99 that could last me awhile. The Kaya Toast tasted so similar to what we have back in the Kopitiam-s in Malaysia. Definitely worth a try, guys!

Sorry, I just had to sing praises of that Kaya for quite some time now. I would have founded a fan club of it if I could. Anyway, recently here in Florida, the weather has been going through some bipolar changes from hot and scorching day turning into gloom and storms. So, it was rather chilly at home that I decided to whip up something hot and soupy. What more better ways than to make my day with Prawn Noodle soup. =)

1.5 lb prawn heads, de-shelled and deveined prawns
Prima Taste Yellow Noodles/ Wai Wai Rice Vermicelli
1/2 lb of water spinach or better known as Kangkung
3 hard boiled eggs (cut into quarters)
Fried Shallots
Shallot Oil
Crispy Prawn Chili(optional)
Prawn Noodle Paste
Cooking Oil
1.5 liters of anchovies broth

1. For starters, fry the prawn heads with 1.5 tbsp Cooking Oil until the oil surges. Pour in the Prawn Noodle Paste and stir fry for about 1-2 minutes. Add 1.5 liter of anchovies broth and let it boil.

2. On a separate pot of water, blanch the noodles, water spinach (Kangkung), fishcakes/fish balls accordingly and strain them. Set them aside.

3. When the broth is ready, turn off the stove and strain the prawn heads to discard them. To serve, pour a ladle or two of the broth into the blanched noodles from earlier on. Garnish with hard boiled eggs, fried shallots, fish cakes and water spinach (Kangkung). You may indulge in the Prawn Noodle with the Crispy Prawn Chili for an extra kick of spiciness! Enjoy!=)

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