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Penang Hokkien Mee With Braised Spare Ribs

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To those who may be struggling with spicing up the menu for their families in this time, worry not! Margarita is once again back to share another of her recipes!

Penang Hokkien Mee With Braised Spare Ribs

By Margarita Lee

Margarita Lee

 

Chilli Paste

Ingredients:

  • 30 Dried chillies (seeded and soaked to soften)
  • 10 Fresh chillies (seeded)
  • 10 Shallots, peeled
  • 1 bulb Garlic, peeled
  • 2 tbsp Soya bean paste 
  • 30g Dried prawn (softened)
  • 30g Dried scallop (softened) 
  • 1 tbsp Sugar 
  • 6 tbsp Cooking oil

Method:

  1. Blend the ingredients with a food processor until finely ground and well blended. 
  2. Heat up wok and add in cooking oil, then stir in blended paste to mix and cook for 5 minutes. 
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for another 20 minutes, or until oil starts to separate from the chili paste. Dish up and set aside.

 

Stock

Ingredients:

  • 500g Prawn heads and shells 
  • 4L Water
  • 2-3 pcs Rock sugar
  • 1kg Pork bones (blanched in hot water and rinsed)
  • 1 tbsp Peppercorn
  • 30g Dried prawns (pan fried or roasted and blended into powder)
  • 3-4 tbsp Cooking oil
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Stir-fry the dried prawns, prawn heads and shells with oil until aromatic.
  2. Boil water in a large pot, then add in the fried ingredients, pork bone, and peppercorn. Simmer on low heat for about 3-4 hours.
  3. Strain the stock through a sieve and transfer the stock into another pot. Discard the bones, prawn heads and shells.
  4. Bring the stock to a boil again and add 1/3 of the prepared chili paste. Add in salt and rock sugar to taste.

 

Braised Spare Ribs

Ingredients:

  • 500g Pork ribs 
  • 4 tbsp Prepared chilli paste 
  • 1 tbsp Oyster sauce
  • 150ml Water
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Clean and blanch spare ribs in a pot of hot water.
  2. Heat wok, then add in the prepared chilli paste, spareribs and oyster sauce. Stir well.
  3. Add in water, bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes or until tender. 
    Photo by Margarita Lee

 

Noodle and toppings

  • 500g Yellow noodles, scalded
  • 300g Rice vermicelli, scalded
  • Fish cakes (sliced)
  • Braised spare ribs
  • 500g Prawns (shelled and deveined and blanched in the stock until cooked)
  • 6 Hard-boiled eggs (shelled and quartered)
  • Fried shallot crisps
  • Kangkong or water convolvulus (scalded)
  • Bean sprouts(scalded)

Assembly:

  1. To serve, place a portion of yellow noodles, rice vermicelli, water convolvulus and bean sprouts in a bowl. Ladle hot soup over. Add a few pieces of pork ribs. Top with sliced fish cake, sliced prawn, egg quarters, and garnish with shallot crisps.
  2. Serve immediately with more chili paste to taste.

Check out more of Margarita’s recipes on her FB @ Umummy Food!

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SeeFoon Chan-Koppen has been writing a food column called Musings on Food in the Ipoh Echo since 2009. It is widely read both in print as well as online which receives more than 1 million hits a month. Her forte is in communications, having honed her skills after graduating from the University of Singapore where she worked for the Straits Times Group and was a food critic for the New Nation. Her knowledge of food and cooking come from more than 30 years in the hotel industry based in Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong and subsequently Kuala Lumpur. During this time, she has travelled all over the world and eaten at the best and worst restaurants. She is totally intimate with the subtleties and nuances of most cuisines of the world having been involved in opening over 50 hotels throughout the Asia/Pacific region and China where she helped to conceptualize Food and Beverage themes and critiqued on food quality. SeeFoon calls herself a global citizen and now chooses the serenity and friendliness of Ipoh to the bright lights of the many cities she has lived in. She also loves the food in Ipoh and is passionate about telling the world about it.

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