Homemade Prawn Mee/Penang Hokkien Mee (Hae Mee)

Homemade Prawn Mee/Penang Hokkien Mee

Penang, the Pearl of the Orient, is notorious among Malaysians for its flavourful and delicious dishes and rightly so, since each dish is fused with Malay, Indian and Chinese Peranakan influences. Dishes like asam laksa, nasi kandar, char kuey teow, kuihs and this Penangite dish, the sweet seafoody prawn mee or hae mee have slowly made its way around the Peninsular, so much so that sometimes people confuse the Penang Hokkien Mee for its Kuala Lumpur counterpart – a stir fry dish made with dark soy sauce and thick egg noodles.

Traditionally, the prawn mee is made with broth made from pork ribs, and shrimp heads plus shells. Later on, it is served with beansprouts, water convulus (kangkung), cooked shrimp, boiled egg slices and pieces of pork belly or pork ribs topped off with some chilli paste, fried shallots and a piece of lime.

I’ve had to make do with several changes, especially with regards to the chilli paste. While the recipe calls for dried chillies, the ones available here are made with Thai chillies – too spicy for comfort and well, definitely not quite suitable for this dish. A too-spicy broth is a bad idea for this dish. Anyway, despite the not-so-red tinge and the strange chilli paste that I bought from the Thai store (note to self: never use it again!!!!!!), this was tasty and very filling! Nil gave his thumbs-up and while he approves, I’d definitely try this out again but this time with a different cooking technique with the prawn shells.

In the meantime, I’m off to get my second bowl for the dinner (we had this for lunch and there is enough for dinner too!). πŸ™‚

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  1. Oh Mei, you’re killing me. Absolutely killing me!!!
    This looks absolutely mouth-watering-delicious-making-me-hallucinate-and-not-work kind of a meal !!!!
    You have done very very well. Even the chilli, looks uuummmppphhh ! I wish you were living with us :o(

  2. you’re a fantastic cook…i feel like licking my monitor seeing that lovely bowl of yours….

    must convince my colleagues to go lunch at some place with nice prawn mee to satisfy the crave!

  3. My mom sent me Har Mee instant noodles, and while its holds no light at all to the real thing, I actually slurped it down within minutes when I made it for lunch today. And it felt sooo good.
    That’ll help my cravings for a while. Mmm. Not sure where I can get kangkung here though! And next time I’ll make it with a sliced boiled egg.

  4. Pui Yee: This was one thing my mum forgot to pack in for me the last time she came but I’ve tried those mixes (for the first asam laksa I made last year) and it didn’t really taste like the real deal. So I prefer to make my own from scratch. More work but well-worth it!

    As for the kangkung, you can get it at any Thai or Viet store…you should be able to find it where you are, no?

  5. Yes, for sure they’ll slurp it up clean! πŸ˜‰
    Economy is currently slow in Dubai, but we’re coping alright, so as long we’re paid and still have our jobs, we’re happy πŸ™‚

  6. Oooh, that prawn mee looks chock-full of goodness! Sorry your chilli paste came out too spicy.

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  7. Nate: Hey! Thanks for dropping by! That chilli paste was weird – it had some awful banana flavour and aroma which totally ruined my lunch. I chucked it out and had the noodles again for the dinner and it was way better without that paste! Ugh!

    Btw, I love your site! Amazing stuff really! :p

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