Sunday, November 2, 2008

Mee Nyonya

What makes this noodles dish different from others is the addition of salted soy bean paste. Soybean paste/ taucho is made from fermented soybeans and is available in cans and jars. This bean paste can be stored indefinitely in the fridge ( but I would not use it after 4 months ). Some cooks prefer to lightly rinse the beans before adding to various dishes because of the saltiness - it is totally up to you. Bean paste can also be used in stir fries.

Nyonya Mee
1 litre chicken stock
500 gm prawns - shelled and deveined
4 cloves garlic - minced
2 Tb soybean paste/ taucho- roughly chopped
300 gm fresh yellow noodles
150 gm bean sprouts - cleaned
light soy sauce to taste
a handful mustard greens or spinach
2 Tb peanut oil

Garnish - fried shallots & sliced red chilies

Heat oil on medium heat in a large pot. Saute minced garlic and soybean paste till fragrant. Add cleaned prawns, bean sprouts, and spinach ( I used spinach instead of mustard greens). Pour in stock to the mixture and bring to a boil, covered. Once the soup comes to a boil, take the lid off and add in the fresh yellow noodles. Taste and adjust seasonings with light soy sauce. Ladle portions into bowls and garnish with sliced red chilies and fried shallots. Serve immediately.


Peter M said...

Mmmm, this does look good and it sounds easy enough to prepare. Nicely photographed too!

Jo said...

I've made nyonya noodle a couple of times before. It's such a quick and tasty meal to put together. Mmmm reminds that I have a bottle of taucheo hibernating in the fridge. Time to wake it up ...:) Btw thanks for visiting my blog.

Beth said...

I'm a fellow TWD baker, and I was thinking that it would be nice if we all could chip in and get Laurie some small token/gift for all the work she does. Would you be willing to contribute? If I can get enough people, it would only be about $1 per person. No pressure :-) Let me know!

Jude said...

Does taucho taste the same as miso? Sounds like an interesting ingredient to use.

farida said...

I have never cooked with soybean paste - sounds interesting. Looks delicious!