Chef-Owner of Le Binchotan, Jeremmy Chiam puts a European twist on a classic local favourite. This Hokkien Mee uses French-style prawn bisque as its base.
- 1 kg yellow noodles
- 500g bee hoon, soaked for 30 mins before cooking
- 15 prawns, peeled
- 4 eggs
- 30g garlic, finely chopped
- 50g Chinese chives (also known as garlic chives), chopped into fine strips
- 50 ml fish sauce
- 70 ml hua tiao wine (Chinese rice wine)
- 100 ml cooking oil
- Lime wedges, to serve
- 1kg prawn shells
- 4 litres water
- 2 carrots, coarsely chopped
- 1 onion, coarsely chopped
- 2 celery sticks, coarsely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 tsp tomato paste
- 40g white peppercorns
- 100g dried scallops
- 500g pork belly
- 100g smoked bacon
- 50g soy beans
- 100g dried anchovies
- 10g salt
Rinse the prawn shells well, and drain them as dry as possible.
Roast the shells with the carrots, onions, celery and bacon in the oven for 45 mins at 190 C. If there is no oven available, then saute on high heat, stirring continuously, until the shells turn brown and the vegetables caramelise.
Transfer to a stock pot, add the tomato paste, then saute for 5 to 6 mins until the whole stock turns orange-red in colour.
Add in the rest of the ingredients, and bring to a rolling boil. Leave to boil for 10 mins, then adjust the heat to simmer the broth for about 3 hrs.
Taste the broth. It should be rich and fullof umami. Otherwise continue to simmer until desired richness is achieved.
Remove the pork belly, leave to rest and cool for a few minutes, then slice thinly and set aside. Strain the broth and set aside.
Whisk eggs with a little salt and set aside. Add a little oil onto a very hot pan, on high heat and allow the oil to smoke a little. This helps with obtaining the important wok hei (characteristic wok essence).
Then add the noodles and soaked bee hoon in the pan still on high heat and thoroughly and quickly toss, then set aside.
Add oil to a separate wok, placed on high heat. Add garlic and stir-fry until fragrant, then quickly stir-fry the whisked eggs. Immediately add the noodles and bee hoon, and toss evenly. Season with fish sauce and hua tiao wine.
Turn the heat to low, add ladleful of broth periodically, and simmer for 3 mins under a lid, till noodles reach a consistency you like. Add prawns, pork belly and Chinese chives and increase to high heat again and stir-fry quickly.
Taste and season with salt if needed. Serve immediately with sambal belachan and a wedge of lime on the side. (See www.womensweekly.com.sg for Chef Jeremmy’s potent sambal belachan recipe.)
Chef Jeremmy will be serving a variant of this dish as part of Le Binchotan’s National Day supper special. It will cost $18++ per portion, and will be available after 9.30 pm, for the whole of August.