A few weeks back I went through a “Craving Asian food” week. So Hubby was left with no choice but to eat Asian style food all week. Weekdays are all about quick and easy meals. So here is my recipe for Singapore Noodles (Singapore Mei Fun) with Prawns and Vegetables.
Can easily be made with chicken/ meat of your choice. Similarly just omit the prawns to the dish to make it a vegetarian’s delight.
The ingredients needed for the Noodles are :
- 200 gms packet- Rice Vermicelli Noodles
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 6-7 Snow Peas – blanched and sliced
- 3 Spring onion bulbs – chopped finely
- 3 Spring onion greens- chopped finely
- 50 gm Tofu – Sliced Lengthwise (increase quantity if making vegetarian version)
- 50 gm Mushroom- sliced
- 4 leaves of Baby Pak Choy sliced
- bulbs of Baby Pak Choy sliced lengthwise
- 1/2 Carrot- sliced into thin strips
- 1/2 red onion – sliced lengthwise
- 50 gms – Red Capsicum/ Pepper – sliced lengthwise
- 50 gms- Green Capsicum/ Pepper – sliced lengthwise
- 25 gms- Broccoli florets – blanched
- 30 gms – Wombok/ Chinese Cabbage/ Cabbage – Shredded
- 10-12 Prawns (Optional) / Shredded Chicken/ Meat of your choice if using
- 1 Egg – whisked (Optional)
- 2.5 tablespoon Sesame oil/ Peanut Oil
- Mung Bean Sprouts – A handful
- Salt to taste
The Ingredients needed for the sauce are :
- Birds eye Chilli – 1 diced finely
- 3 tablespoon Soy Sauce
- 1.5 tablespoon Garlic Powder
- 2.5 tablespoon -Madras Curry Powder/ Curry Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Sugar
- 3 teaspoon Turmeric
- 3 tablespoon Water/ Vegetable stock
- 1 tablespoon Ginger Powder
- 1 teaspoon Vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon Chilli Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Mild Chilli Sauce
- Salt to taste
Method to prepare the sauce and the noodles:
- Cook the noodles as per packet instructions. Once cooked drain, run under cold water for a few minutes to stop the cooking process. Keep aside and apply some olive oil to the noodles.
- Now mix all the ingredients listed under – Ingredients to make a sauce. Mix well. This sauce base should be fragrant and thick.
- Now take a Wok/ Kadhai. Add 1 tablespoon of the sesame oil, once heated add the prawn/ meat/ tofu to the pan and let it cook for a couple of minutes. Now add a pinch of salt and add 1 tablespoon of the sauce base that we just made. Toss well in the sauce to coat evenly. Keep them aside.
Method to Prepare the vegetables:
- Add the remaining oil to the same Wok. Once heated add turmeric mix well, now add the sliced onions and spring onion bulbs (shallots). Cook for a minute until fragrant.
- Add the red and green capsicum and cook till they are cooked yet crisp on the exterior.Then add the shredded Chinese cabbage and carrots and mix for a minute. Then add the blanched snow peas, broccoli florets, mushrooms, baby pak choy greens and bulb and the stir fried tofu/ prawns/ meat. Add some of the spring onion greens and reserve some for garnishing.
- Now add all the remaining sauce base to the mix. Mix well. Check for salt.
- Add a whisked egg to the Wok (If using/ this is optional step) and scramble it and mix with the vegetables. Finally add the noodles. Use a couple of forks/ tongs to mix the noodles with the vegetables and prawns/ tofu/ meat mixture.
- Let the noodles absorb the juices, increase the flame to high for a minute and toss well. Serve with a handful of mung bean sprouts on top.
- Hawker Style – Singapore Noodles (Singapore Mei Fun) with Prawns and Vegetables is now ready to be devoured.
Do not let the list of ingredients daunt you. The prep time for this dish is 20 minutes however cooking time is only 10 minutes. This dish serves 4 hungry adults.
Feel free to use other green vegetables if you cannot find Asian greens like Baby Pak choy. Chinese cabbage can be substituted with regular cabbage or Savoy cabbage. The important element of the dish is fresh vegetables and Madras Curry Powder which is easily available in most supermarkets. It can be substituted with Curry powder / Garam Masala. If using Garam masala reduce the quantity to 1 tablespoon.
Recipe, Styling and Concept by Sharvari P Mehan
Photography by Ankit Mehan
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