Singapore Hokkien Mee
Singapore Hokkien Mee Recipe
Preparing the Hokkien prawn soup stock from scratch is the most tedious part of the recipe but it is rewarding. If you are busy, you can substitute with store-bought chicken stock. If you do not consume pork, omit the lard and replace pork bones with chicken bones.
- 1.5 liters water
- 500g pork bones (or chicken bones) blanched in boiling water for 5 minutes & rinsed
- 500g local (lala) clams
- 50g ikan bilis (anchovies)
- 200g prawn shells I usually plan and save prawn shells in the freezer for making prawn broth; skip this if you don’t have a ready stash
- 1 squid (sotong) insides cleaned
- 8 to 12 small or medium prawns with shells on
- 1 tsp fish sauce to taste
- 1/4 tsp dark soy sauce to taste
- 3 tbsp lard oil (or vegetable oil) divided
- 2 small eggs lightly beaten
- 250g yellow noodles
- 150g rice vermicelli (bee hoon) usually thick bee hoon is used but thin bee hoon is fine as well
- 60g bean sprouts
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tbsp fried lard pieces optional
- 3 stalks Chinese chives (koo chye) cut to 5 cm (2 in) length
- 2 limes halved
- sambal chilli
Home-made Prawn Stock Recipe
- In a soup pot, add water, blanched pork bones, clams, ikan bilis and prawn shells. When water comes to a rapid boil, add squid and prawns; cook for 2 minutes and remove from pot.
- When cooled, peel the prawn shell (leaving the tail on); return the prawn heads and shells back to the soup pot. Slice the squid to thin rings.
- Continue simmering the stock for 40 minutes and strain the broth. Season the stock with fish sauce and dark soy sauce. Yields about 500ml of rich prawn stock.
Hokkien Mee Recipe
- Heat 1 tbsp oil in wok and add beaten egg. Scramble the egg quickly with a spatula until it is semi set.
- Add yellow noodles, rice vermicelli, bean sprouts, another tbsp of oil and 2 ladles of prawn stock. Stir fry on high heat for 1 minute.
- Push the wok contents to one side, add another 1 tbsp oil to the wok. Stir fry garlic and lard pieces for 15 seconds.
- Add chives, mix everything together, add 2 more ladles of stock and cover with lid to simmer/braise for 3 mins.
- Turn off the heat. Ladle the remaining stock over the cooked noodles. Return the prepared prawns and squid into the hot wok and mix in evenly with the noodles.
- Divide and portion to four serving plates. Serve each plate with a cut lime and some sambal at the side.
Noob Cook Tip
Some Hokkien mee is served with pork belly as well. Par-boil a piece of pork belly together with the soup stock. Slice to smaller pieces when cooled and add them to the wok when stir-frying the Hokkien noodles.