Sunday, November 2, 2008
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.
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.