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April 02, 2007

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

(For my newer posts on Penang Hokkien Mee, please click here and here.) This divine bowl of Penang Hokkien Mee (Prawn Noodle) took me months of hard work and patience. I mean months, not days, and certainly not hours. To concoct a pot of pure shrimpy stock that is signature to this Penang hawker food dish, one has to have heaps of shrimp heads. Yes, I am talking about a ziploc bag (a BIG one!) full of shrimp heads. While I eat shrimp all the time, it's a completely different matter when it comes to saving up their heads.
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It's impossible to get good Hokkien Mee here in the US, so for the past few months, I bought only head-on shrimps. Patiently and religiously I saved up their heads so I could make this at home... This past weekend, the ziploc bag was finally so full that I could no longer zip it up. I quickly rushed out to the nearest Asian supermarket and got myself all the other ingredients--pork ribs, bean sprouts, noodles, etc.--and started cooking this famous hawker delicacy. The end result was a pot full of real prawny stock that was as close as what you get in Penang. It was really satisfying slurping up the soup and had unlimited topping of pork ribs that fell off the bones! Mmmm...


. 5 Questions. and 5 Reasons Ginger and Scallions Chicken Recipe ( ) Perut Ikan Recipe (Nyonya Pickled Fish Stomach Cur. Heh Mee (Hokkien dialect) or Mee Yoke. Penang Hokkien Mee is called Har Meen (Cantonese dialect for Prawn Mee) Vietnamese Cha Tom Recipe Sponsors While Hokkien Mee is made famous by Penang hawkers. Click here for Eating Asia's KL Hokkien Mee. The Malaysian version is considerably enhanced with better flavors. the one I had in Xiamen paled in comparison.html 13/01/2009 . When I was in Xiamen in early 2006. Recipe Categories Malaysian Food Recipes Chinese Recipes Nyonya Recipes Japanese Recipes Thai Recipes Vegetarian Recipes Indian Recipes Indonesian Recipes Vietnamese Recipes Dessert Recipes Persian Recipes Halal Recipes Penang Food Guides Malaysian Food Malaysian Food Guides Cultural Guides Food Porn Photo Blog Eating Light 30-Minute Meals Western Baking Hors d'oeuvres Southern California Travel Random Restaurant Reviews Spotlights MORE RECIPES Recipe: Penang Hokkien Mee (Prawn Noodle / Har Meen / Mee Yoke / Stock ingredients: 1 ziploc bag of shrimp heads and shells (I used Ziplock Easy Zipper Bag) 15 cups of water (reduced to about 12-13 cups of water after hours of boiling and simmering) 2-3 pieces of rock sugar (about the size of a small ping pong ball) or to taste 1. it originated from the Fujian province in China. ingredients. I did validate this fact.rasamalaysia..Penang Hokkien Mee Recipe (Prawn Mee / Har Meen / Mee Yoke / ) | Rasa . Penang Hokkien Mee. and hence the name "Hokkien" (which means Fujian in its dialect) and "Mee" (meaning noodle). Hokkien Mee is a stir-fried noodle dish steeped in dark soy sauce with pork and serve with chili lime paste.) PS: Elsewhere in Malaysia. Do you want to have a bowl? .5 lbs of pork ribs (cut into pieces) Salt to taste Chili Paste: 30 dried chilies (deseeded and soaked to soften) 10 shallots (peeled) 5 cloves garlic (peeled) 2 tablespoons of water 6 tablespoons of cooking oil 1 pound of yellow noodles (scalded) 1 pack of rice vermicelli (scalded) ) http://www. and toppings. Page 2 of 10 Previous Posts Baked Scallops with Creamy Spicy Sauce Recipe Lala with Soy Sauce--My Favorite Childhood Dish Mini Gourd Or Nee/Taro Dessert Recipe ( ) My New Gear Steamed Shrimp with Garlic Oil Recipe 5 Wishes. In KL. the only hawker food dish that I seriously can't do without.. While the taste is almost the same. I found Hokkien Mee ( ) in coffee shops there.

Labels: Chinese Recipes. rice vermicelli. Nate 2. Comments on "Penang Hokkien Mee Recipe (Prawn Mee / Har Meen / Mee Yoke / )" . If desired. Lyrical Lemongrass said .us | Digg This | Noodle Dish Recipe Quick & Easy Noodle Dish Recipes for the whole family. Discard the prawn heads and shells. 3.5 hour until the pork ribs are thoroughly cooked. To serve.0 said . Heat up the wok and add cooking oil. 5. Top with meat slices. let cool and sliced them into halves. Scoop up and discard the orange "foam" forming at the top of the stock. 4. Malaysian Food Recipes. Bring the stock to boil again and add in half of the chili paste.. place a portion of yellow noodles. See Actual Photos. and sprinkle with shallot crisps. That is the richest bowl of Penang Hokkien Mee I've ever seen. Pan-fried the shrimp until they are slightly burned. Add in all the shrimp heads and shell and simmer on low heat for about 2 hours or longer until the stock becomes cloudy and tastes really prawny. add in a little oil and cook the shrimp topping. Dish up.rasamalaysia. Add rock sugar and salt/fish sauce to taste. I tried this step before and found that my method works as well if you have plenty of shrimp heads and shells. Dish up and set aside.. Penang Food Guides 55 Comments | Permalink | Stumble It! | Del.. Cook's notes: 1. Ladle hot stock over. (11:33 PM) : Looks like your hard work certainly paid off! Looks great! . The broth is so dark! http://www. and the shrimp heads and shells are stir-fried with oil until aromatic before adding them into the boiling water. Over 100 Kg lost. I tried this step before and found that my "cheated" method works equally well. Add 15 cups of water into a pot and bring it to bowl. You can add more chili paste if you like it spicier. 6.. Serve immediately with more chili paste to taste. Stir fry the chili paste for 5 minutes. egg quarters.icio. sliced shrimp.. (11:38 PM) : You've got my mouth watering again.html 13/01/2009 . Add in the pork ribs and continue to boil in low heat for another 1-1. 2. Method: 1. The hawkers in Penang also blended the shrimp heads and shells after they are briefly boiled to extract all the flavors from the shell. water convolvulus and bean sprouts in a bowl. Strain the stock through sieve and transfer the stock into another pot. On the same wok (unwashed). 2. Malaysian Food. Again. Traditionally. add a few pieces of pork ribs.. Add in a little chili paste. 7.Penang Hokkien Mee Recipe (Prawn Mee / Har Meen / Mee Yoke / ) | Rasa . Recipe For Diet Success As Seen on A Current Affair. Page 3 of 10 Some kangkong or water convolvulus (scalded) Some bean sprouts (scalded) Toppings: 1/2 pound of lean pork meat (boiled and sliced thinly) 1/2 pound shrimp (shelled and deveined) 6 hard-boiled eggs (shelled and quartered) Some fried shallot crisps (store-bought) Blend the chili paste ingredients with a mini food processor until finely ground and well blended. sugar. my desperation to eat Hokkien mee in the UK is very funny :( .you spent one month collecting all the heads arh. looks delicious! hey since it took months to cook. (8:59 AM) : i can't wait for the recipe.. not just any bowl but the one you posted... will copy your recipie when you post it up! .. (6:38 AM) : wow. Your pictures look really delicious !!! I saw that you have also some Ikea stuff in the US (the black caddle carier no?).. I am slurping.html 13/01/2009 . sourrain said .. tigerfish said ..D . where's the loh?! when i make it.. To answer your question on the last sentence.. (12:18 AM) : Looks really yummy! How come chose green onions instead of kangkung for your authentic Penang Hokkien mee? .... Keropok Man said . (7:27 AM) : waaaahhhh. YES PLEASE! Quick. must really tabik you man....most of the prawns sold here are cooked and headless. (7:12 AM) : I definitely want a bowl. Claude-Olivier said . (9:56 AM) : I just asked you in my Tom Yum rice post if we could share share our food? . looks like having a bowl of it in some Equatorial Penang.. Apparently. he he he . ok lah.. Audrey Cooks said .-) Cheers Claude . . develepe scratch and sniff websites! LOL.. I have just buy my new toy: A Nikon D80. so i failed miserably.. Anonymous said . Page 4 of 10 .. (5:06 AM) : omg. looks delicious.. Anonymous said . im collecting my prawn heads nowww ...... and not the ones at the roadside. wish me luck! .. (12:35 AM) : Hello... pip said .....Penang Hokkien Mee Recipe (Prawn Mee / Har Meen / Mee Yoke / ) | Rasa . and your arrangements on the mat. Gosh! you put some so called Penang Hokkien Mee hawkers in KL to total shame! Yours has the authentic look with its dark chili oil and .. i have to boil pigs trotters....wah. off to the butchers now ..but cheated with shrimp powder ... UK butchers not very reliable .liddat can cook how many bowls before you start collecting heads again :O http://www. i made hokkien mee last weekend as well. patiently saving all the hay kak to make the hay mee... Elena said .. belly for ages to get the thick gooey loh . prawn heads collector.the dream . (8:42 AM) : I did the same thing too [save prawn heads for months] and my mum now laughs and laughs at me [and tells people so they laugh at me too! :(]..

=) .. it takes patience to save up so many of them heads! Yum yum :) .. and yeah.. Been visiting your blog for quite a while. PrincessJournals said . team BSG said . .how? So tempting your noodle soup. (10:41 AM) : Can you freeze some and courier them over to Tiga and myself? ... (3:46 PM) : Bee. (10:58 AM) : i want i want. (6:39 PM) : Since now V know that this is your hardest working dish V shall pay a similar but less worthy tribute (since V can't cook like u can) by dedicating our next and next hare mees here in KL/PG/Ipoh just for you by having more than 1 bowl each and say proudly Rasa Malaysia boleh ! .. Page 5 of 10 The penang eatery in the bay area has serves rather good penang prawn noodle soup has closed down :( Now no more hang out for me to eat this noodle soup. how? . david said . all the way in US. Next round.. you're trying to replicate a Penang delicacy ... Oppss said .... (3:30 PM) : Looks really tasty! ~ Mina .. Will come by very often to check out your pablopabla said . Timothy said . CF said ..... let me send you the latest Maggi Har Mee.. latest product.. I must agree .rasamalaysia. Mina said .... w/o the pork tho... hehe.. it looks good.. .. (4:19 PM) : I want a bowl too!! Gimme your address so that I can go over to makan.. Colorado hasn't seen food like that since you left! It sure looks GREAT!!!! . . Lin said . (3:15 PM) : Simply awesome! I too save up prawn heads when I wanna cook this noodle dish. I mean . (6:36 PM) : You really love prawns! Watch your cholesterol level :) . j/k...html 13/01/2009 . (3:20 PM) : What kind of noodle do you use for your hokkien mee? I'm also in the states and have been trying to find the best subtitute noodle for the yummy penang hokkien mee. But good job . http://www. But the previous message was the very first msg I left here. (10:33 AM) : You must miss home a lot . simcooks said ..Penang Hokkien Mee Recipe (Prawn Mee / Har Meen / Mee Yoke / ) | Rasa ...

soooo good. I think I am immuned. (7:39 PM) : Drool! Drool! Drool! Looks sooo yummalicious! Can't wait to see your recipe!!! BTW..yes. :P Tiga . I know how to cook some confinement food. must learn how to.where are you based at? It's not a bad idea if you live close as you're such a great cook yourself! I have so much to learn from you.say no more. it doesn't taste as prawny.rasamalaysia. (8:49 PM) : Lemongrass . Page 6 of 10 Tricia Lee-Chin said . I think my pictures are under-exposed again (still struggling to learn how to use my new camera properly. LOL! :) :) Anonymous .yes. sometimes I can't wait anymore and will have to make do with whatever I have saved. funny you also have one. I know.quick quick you are bound for a trip up north to Penang for the Hokkien Mee. I indeed lived in Colorado once.Penang Hokkien Mee Recipe (Prawn Mee / Har Meen / Mee Yoke / ) | Rasa . not any kind of bag.. Thanks for reminding me. my KL/PJ readers!) :P Pip . Remember. .com/2007/04/recipe-penang-hokkien-mee-prawn-noodle. And I am surprised by your diligence! The soup looks fantastic in and of itself.) Princess Journal . Just don't buy those yellow noodles from Hong Kong.awww you are too sweet. but after I read how you saved up all of the prawn shells and heads until you could no longer zip up the top of the ziploc bag.LOL. my cholesterol level is a healthy 120. I know it's very good as you can do half loh half soup.I did use kangkong.. next time I will make a halal one just for you! :) Lin . Hahahaha.) Sourrain . but I took these pictures the morning after it was cooked so I used up all my kangkong and had to "cheat" with some green onions (for coloring purposes).which part of US are you in? You can find Malaysian kind of yellow noodles. Mina . Claude . Sometimes I cheat with the package powder thingy too. Thanks for your comments and do leave me more.yes.) Keropok Man . I thought I am the only one in the whole world that would do that.. darker means more prawny goodness.too funny. You and Tiga can move down to the OC.the Maggie prawn noodles is no where close to the real stuff.LOL. I think! Hehe. (Sorry.Haha. Passionate Eater said ..Thanks. :) Nate 2. that's serious stuff. thanks and Rasa Malaysia boleh! Tricia .0 .I just posted my recipe. the ones in KL/PJ are not that great. but I do not eat any red meat and last I checked.. just like the ones at home. Yes.thanks for your concerns. IKEA! Haha. . :) Audrey .html 13/01/2009 .make yourself this at home.) Anonymous . but yes. :) David . for a month! Oppss . they are soggy and easily break. CF . Rasa Malaysia said . Wow. Nikon D80. Team BSG . No need to scratch and eat. Elena . :) Pablo .) .I do not know how to make the loh. It's just not prawny enough. but it just doesn't cut it! . it's a big ziploc bag.. Congratulations and I look forward to seeing your new pictures!!! Timothy .the one I get is Taiwanese made fresh yellow noodles with oil.. Go check it http://www. but of course. Now we make 2 and you can tell your mother about it. You can start packing your stuff and move down to my neighborhood and we can collect the prawn heads together so it's faster and we can have cook-outs all the time! Sounds fun? . I gained an even greater respect for you! (And I had the greatest respect for you already!!) . how do you make the chili sauce?? .. How many have you collected already. and then you add in the minced garlic and OMG. (8:05 PM) : I hope your burnt thumb is doing better.No need to freeze.thanks. LOL! :P Simcooks . including the chili paste....yeah.

. Got recipe to share? .. :) :) :) ...Penang Hokkien Mee Recipe (Prawn Mee / Har Meen / Mee Yoke / ) | Rasa . . I'm salivating for some already.. thanks for the recipe.. loooove Malaysia :-) Ah.. Lovely picture. otherwise I will be licking my screen the entire day.. And i can't do cooking coz i stay in campus and it's really inconvenient.yes.. I feel hungry now. my thumb is OK have to find shrimp heads and try this noodle soup.sigh I miss Penang's hokkien mee :( . lucia said . But haven't been home for a few months and i am going crazy thinking of food from hometown..the presentation alone already put many prawn mee sellers in Malaysia to shame.. Darn .you are a real sweetheat.. cooknengr said . Ben said . I don't think Suanne will go to that extend to make it. (10:26 PM) : Wow. Tummythoz said .. Stef said . (9:51 PM) : Cool.. :) PE . I don't use a ziploc bag tho.. Now in the gathering mode again. Anonymous said . (8:02 AM) : That is so much work! Sigh . (5:05 AM) : As we say in France: "Slurrrrppp!!!" (noise made by me licking my lips!!!:-D) It looks terrific.. (8:09 AM) : Hey.. in Europe it is. To cook.... . can just throw the heads in boiling water? Never tried that one..... *jealous* . must be my European tastebuts not ready for all tastes shrimp :-) .. Precious Pea said .. . I'll whoop up a big pot of Penang Hokkian Mee for the "Kelab Ah Beng dan Ah Lian of So. Sigh. even though i am only in Singapore.. Vero said ..Cal" gathering some days. (9:59 AM) : http://www. I just empty the containers into a pot to boil.. The Expedited Writer said .rasamalaysia.. in Malaysia just go buy buy loh. that prawn mee looks pretty authentic. Page 7 of 10 out.. (2:22 AM) : Must cost a bomb to just go by shrimp heads there? Anyways.... (1:14 AM) : Looks so droolicious! Did mine a few months back. (12:42 AM) : I am so jealous! I miss Malaysia food terribly! Erm.. Rose said . how am I going to gather the shrimp heads fast enough???? . I submerged my collection in water & freeze into ice blocks in containers of various sizes. You are always too nice.haha.. (5:31 AM) : I have to try this noodle soup... 1 bowl pls?? .html 13/01/2009 . me always fry them first like you mentioned. Ziploc bags are definietly more space saving! Think I'll try to use this batch to make mee bandung or rebus..

.. the soup gotta be good. How was your Penang Har Mee? ....I know something was funny when I wrote "Prawn Noodle Soup. . Vero . but I was once a student too and can't cook. It looks so flavorful.. Rasa Malaysia said ..oooh. SPC said .I am sorry to hear that. Chubbypanda said . . :P Lucia .html 13/01/2009 . O dear O my. (9:19 PM) : I had to go to the local Malaysian place for lunch today for a bowl of their Penang Har Mee because of you!! ..... :) Tummythoz .no lah. Where can eat so much! LOL! SPC .yeah. Will you still want a bowl? LOL! Anonymous .... :( Stef . this was just for you and K? the lucky man. but what can we do? We are not in Malaysia.. No....yes. I guess the stir-fry would rid the prawny smell a little bit.rasamalaysia. Will keep you posted on the outcome. lobsters! Must be a super-duper deluxe version of Hokkien Mee then.thanks for the translation. Kenny Mah said . yes for hokkien mee. just send me an invitation and I am more than happy to be your Ah Lian from So Cal. Never mind. I tried to make it real authentic even though I cheated a little. (10:33 PM) : Wah! Such hard work. Rose ." Reese .. so do not saved on the shrimp's heads.yes. fatboybakes said . (9:06 AM) : Your photographs and descriptions are so vivid. (4:03 PM) : Awww. reese said .yeah.) Precious Pee .Ooooh. I can almost taste the prawny stock...yes it is. will have to post your picture the next time.. then everything would be good. (7:35 PM) : goodness.. I am not sure how to make mee Bandung or mee rebus. :) FBB should.. :) .. . do let me know. I was thinking of saving the lobster head the next time we are having lobster as the flavour is more intense given the sweet tomalley. for two Malaysian friends too. rasa malaysia. no noodle there because all penang hokkien mee are with noodle (no dry type). Ben . BuddingCook said .ask your neighbor for help! Hehe.00. just eat all you can when you go home. . mine is at RM20. it's amazing how he manages to keep to trim. The Expidited Writer . (5:46 PM) : Looks Good! I will attempt to make that.Penang Hokkien Mee Recipe (Prawn Mee / Har Meen / Mee Yoke / ) | Rasa . Page 8 of 10 usually another word for penang hokkien mee is just 'prawn mee'.. Make me some too! =)'s THE noodle soup you just have to try.Too funny. (9:43 PM) : Cooknengr ...

my shrimp stock is made only with shells.Penang Hokkien Mee Recipe (Prawn Mee / Har Meen / Mee Yoke / ) | Rasa . (10:20 PM) : Wow! looks so good again..! . . (1:20 PM) : this is such a beautiful recipe! ooh that broth .html 13/01/2009 . my wife loved it. Yours sounds better... i just started cooking it.its not expensive to own one... Page 9 of 10 .!and the flavor are even better.. I want to eat it now.. Anonymous said . asiancuisinexpert said .. I am finally going to cook the prawn mee with the lobster heads tonight.. (8:29 AM) : What an amazing dish. (4:35 PM) : wow. just like the one I ate in Penang hawker stall.. not heads. Will keep you posted! .... asiancuisinexpert said . it smells yummy and i hope i does taste good too.. (7:07 AM) : Hi. khunying said .! do you guys really needa keep so many prawn heads and shells? because i am bought one whole pack of prawn and peel all the shell and head and throw in to cook.this recipe helped a lot becasue i m in US.. (1:27 PM) : Hey.yummy. noodleoodle said .. (7:37 PM) : I want some! Sadly.. (9:37 PM) : Oh wow!!! You are a dedicated chef!! A purist at heart!! Most people would have just bought some shrimp/fish stock from the grocery store.just to help you shorten the process of cooking.. aria said . .try get one pressure cooker.... I am hugry. reese said . (4:40 PM) : Oh yeah... (12:08 AM) : Thanks for the recipe.. but taste good nonetheless.I shared the recipe in my blog if you don't mind . (2:30 AM) : the correct way to make hokkien prawn stock is: colected prawn http://www... Ming the Merciless said ..... .hehe i will start blogging to help others out there which are craving for truely authenthic ..rasamalaysia. i am new here and would really wished to help out as well for our truly malaysian food. . I substituted the pork with beef coz I'm a muslim. Danielle said .so while waitin i am writing this comment. . Hanim said ...and it cooks really fast.. you can cook homemade soups with that as well and it really extract all the flavor out from the ingredients. Anonymous said . Thank you again for the recipe. I'm so proud to say that my prawn mee turn out exactly the way I expected... I dream of eating such a thing! ...

Penang Hokkien Mee Recipe (Prawn Mee / Har Meen / Mee Yoke / ) | Ra. (1:29 PM) : Oh i miss prawn mee! im so glad you share the prawn mee recipe here.. (3:38 PM) : Great Point Thank you Man . http://www. recipes. i Like Your Blog ! ... Page 10 of 10 heads ( over a time ). Anonymous said .. etc. Prawn Mee is what I ALWAYS order.heat up again for a while (10 minutes) and get it through a sieve . now place this cooked shells into a mixer and liquifid it.) .. now your prawnstock can be use for your purpose. ‫ ليبيا‬said . discard the shells. (4:39 PM) : When I got to one of the many Penang Restaurants here on the East Coast... post a comment Links to "Penang Hokkien Mee Recipe (Prawn Mee / Har Meen / Mee Yoke / )" homemade mee yoke prawn mee Hokkien Prawn Mee Roundup of Food Blog Posts I’ve Enjoyed #8 har meen/hokkien mee/ prawn noodle Create a Link © 2006-2008.) or this blog may be reproduced without prior written permission. It's in the Broth! The stuff is magical! My wife is going to try to make some here at home tomorrow. said .cook for about 30 minutes with medium heat. . John P. fry the head and shells in a wok ( but don't burn it) add 20 gram rock sugar and 10 gram rosted balacaan.. Rasa Malaysia | Privacy Policy No part of the content (digital photographs. . add water from time to time.html 13/01/2009 .rasamalaysia... .