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A family favourite in both Singapore & Malaysia, this hearty and delicious Hokkien hae mee soup is goodness in a bowl!


  • 250 g prawns
  • 200 g prawn shells and heads
  • 4 tbsps vegetable oil
  • 6-8 cups water
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 150 g fresh belly of pork
  • 500 g pork bones
  • 10 g rock sugar
  • 2 whole cloves garlic, with skin, smashed open
  • 2 tsps fish sauce
  • 1 tsp light soya sauce
  • 100 g bean sprouts, roots removed
  • 200 g fresh yellow wheat noodles
  • 30 to 50 g kangkong, washed and plucked into finger lengths

Wash prawns well, remove heads (leave the rest of the shell and tail on), trim the feelers and legs with a scissors, then set prawns aside.


Heat a wok, and when it starts smoking, add 3 tbsps oil. When hot, add prawn heads and shells, stir-fry till oil turns red. Set aside. A traditional method is to pound the prawn heads, but you can also put them into a food processor and process till fine. Set aside.


In soup pot, boil water and salt and add pork, pork bones, rock sugar and garlic. Boil over medium heat for 20 to 30 mins till pork is cooked and semi soft. Use a ladle to remove the pork and leave it to get cold in fridge. Cut into thin slices and set aside.


To make stock, add pounded/processed prawn heads and shells to the soup pot. Over medium high heat, continue boiling for another 1 hour till soup is cloudy and thick. You can add more water if stock gets too thick.


Strain prawn and pork soup through a fine sieve. You will have about 3 cups of rich stock left. Season with fish sauce and light soya sauce.


When ready to eat, bring stock to a boil. Add raw prawns and boil for about 30 secs till prawns turn red which means they’re cooked. Remove prawns with a slotted spoon. When cooled, peel and wash prawns and then pat dry with paper towels. Set aside.


Wash bean sprouts, kangkong and noodles in cold water, drain and dip into the soup with a netted or wired strainer, for about 10 secs, so they are soft, but still with a little texture.


Serve noodles topped with soup, bean sprouts, kangkong, sliced pork and prawns.

Photo: Andy Chia

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