Thursday, September 16, 2010

Steamed Prawns With Tofu And Glass Noodles



Some dishes just blow you away. Like this Steamed Prawns dish. I thought it would be something on the bland side (tofu, glass noodles), which was fine by me, since I prefer light seasoning anyway. But wow, the moment I took my first bite, I was ... well, wowed.

Imagine sweet, crunchy prawns ... nestled on a bed of slippery glass noodles ... sitting on silken egg tofu ... and topped with crispy garlic bits. The contrast in flavour and texture was pure HEAVEN.

Needless to say, I really, really, really enjoyed this dish. It was delightfully delicious and refreshing, and delicious. Did I mention delicious?



I got this awesome recipe from Suresh's blog, which by the way, is chock full of unpretentious, everyday, good food. My kind of food! :) I hope you'll all give this dish a try someday. It makes for such a rewarding meal with so little effort.

Recipe
(largely adapted from 3 Hungry Tummies)
Serves 2 to 3 as part of a Chinese meal

- 1 tube silken egg tofu (or any type of tofu you like), cut into 6 equal pieces
- 6 medium size fresh prawns, peeled keeping the tails intact (Suresh says fresh scallops work too!)
- 10g to 15g glass noodles (aka tang hoon, mung bean noodles), soaked and drained
- 1 spring onion, julienned
- crispy garlic and garlic oil (fry this first and set aside)

For the sauce
- 3 tbsp of light soy (I would reduce to 2 tbsp next time ... it depends which brand of soy sauce you use)
- 1 tbsp of Hua Tiao cooking wine
- 1/2 tbps sugar
- dash of sesame oil
- dash of white pepper
- a little grated ginger (I omitted and it was still good)

1. Soak glass noodles in hot water for 5 minutes and drain. Set aside. During this time, you can start heating up your steamer. I used a regular wok with cover.

2. Peel prawns, make a slit on each prawn and pierce the tail through, making a little "prawn ball".

3. Drape small mounds of glass noodles over tofu, then top with a prawn ball.

4. By this time, your steamer should be bubbling hot and ready for action. Spoon some sauce over the prawns (no need to use up all the sauce if it appears too much) and place the dish in the steamer. Steam on medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes. I steamed for 5 minutes and it was just right.

5. Top with julienned spring onions and crispy garlic, and drizzle with garlic oil liberally. I was so lazy, I used a pair of scissors to cut the (washed) spring onions directly over the dish! :P

6. Ready to be served! This dish is best eaten piping hot, so please take the cue from me, and do not spend too much time styling or taking photos! Just snap and EAT.

44 comments:

  1. They look so pretty! Craving it now, I can imagine how good prawns and silken egg tofu would go together.

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  2. looks really nice ju! like how u plate yr food, the first thing that comes to my mind is - DIM SUM! haha

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  3. Very beautifully presented.
    Can open restaurant liao! :)

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  4. This is really a beautiful dish. All my favorite ingredients are all in here...yum..yum..

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  5. OMG! This looks so beautiful. YOu have outdone yourself.

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  6. Not to mention beautiful..Saw a lot of Tofu..prawns and glass noodles on No Reservations last night..Not one dish was so lovely!

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  7. Un piatto talmente bello da sembrare un quadro. sono certa che è una vera prelibatezza. Ciao Daniela.

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  8. It's a beautiful dish, above restaurant level!

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  9. It's stunning! The photos are outstanding. I love the pink bowls in the background. Very nice job on the composition! If the dish tastes anything close to how gorgeous it looks, I'll bet it's great!

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  10. Will surely giva try!
    Looks superb yummy~

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  11. This looks a-ma-zing. Love silken egg tofu, will have to pick some up this weekend now!

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  12. The first thing that hit me was.. it's SO prettY!!!!!! U must have put in alot of effort in this. Tofu and prawns.. yum!

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  13. beautiful dish!! I can never style anything steamed. Too hot for me to handle :D

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  14. I'm certainly blown away by your gorgeous photos. A restaurant in MD served that delicious shrimp-stuffed tofu when I was little. Love the 2 together and would greatly enjoy this dish.

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  15. Hey Ju thanks for trying out the recipe and the mention :) I really appreciate that.
    Your wonderful photos make them look so much more desirable, thank you!

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  16. this is very very beautiful and delicious dish.

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  17. Wow looks very delicious, I almost want to bite them off the screen :D

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  18. Aiyah! Your photo already make me mouthwatering liao!

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  19. hehe I also tried this dish from the tummies but I overcooked it and didn't get a good shot. Yours is simply gorgeous!

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  20. Oh yep...these steamed prawns look simply heavenly! So is your photography!

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  21. Ju what a gorgeous dish...your pics are simply amazing! Magazine quality!
    L~xo

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  22. Very delicious looking! I love the combo!

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  23. A beautiful dish! Your presentation and shots are great. I love glass noodles.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  24. Beautiful shots, Ju and the dish does look fresh and healthy. I would love to try this soon.

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  25. This is quite typical of how they serve the clams and mussels in Hong Kong - the glass noodles, garlic, green onions and sauce are never missing. But you are upped another level now with tofu and prawns in here.

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  26. Hi Ju
    Just tried this recipe for dinner tonight and it was simply delectable. this is a keeper!!! thanks for sharing the recipe. do you happen to have a good crepe recipe. I made it for dessert tonight topped with egg custard and fresh whip cream (from a recipe I found on some magazine). I think i am in search of another crepe recipe. I have really enjoyed your food blog. thanks again.
    josephine from california

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  27. I'm coming for this yummy food. After reading the recipe, it's kinda like semur. My family used to add ikan kembung, glass noodle and tofu.

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  28. Although I don't eat prawns, that is one of the most stunning looking dishes I have ever seen. Ju, you are such a beautiful photographer and a wonderful cook!

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  29. A neat & healthy tasty dish, dear Ju!

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,...I love it!

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  30. Totally agree that this is a restaurant grade recipe! Well done, Ju!

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  31. Ju this is a beautiful recipe. The pictures are gorgeous too. I can imagine so many beautiful textures and flavours going together in one bite. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. Wow this looks awesome and really delicious!

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  33. This sounds like exactly my kind of recipe! Yum! Now to convince husband that prawns aren't the enemy...

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  34. i am not used to tofu I should try !!Pierre

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  35. oooh - can I come to your house for dinner ? Might take me a while ! lol. Looks yummy !

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  36. Your plating is to DIE for!! It looks so gorgeous, and the crunchy garlic really appeals to me.

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  37. Hi Ju,

    Thank you for posting these delicious recipes. The food looks so yummy and I just feel like tasting some when I get back home. Even looking at these great photos, I already feel hungry already. The steamed pawns looks great. Did you write up these recipes?

    Cheers,
    Edward

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  38. oh my god, i HAVE to try this!!! it looks absolutely amazing!

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  39. This really looks delicious and restaurant-quality! Thanks for the recipe.

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  40. gg to print this out and put it on my fridge so i can try the next time! thanks Ju!!

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  41. I like to see it so much, so nice taste :).Thanks for recipe .

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