Sunday, October 10, 2010

Steamed prawn with tofu glass noodles with plum sauce

I came across this dish in The Little Teochew food blog which she, in turn, had adapted from a recipe in the blog "3 Hungry Tummies", and I liked it. However, I wanted to try this dish with my own sauce.  I was wondering if this unusual combination would go well with the plum sauce that I use for my Lemon Chicken recipe. So, why wonder? Just try it out and we will know, so I did this afternoon.  SUCCESS!  They taste fabulous and I must say "3 Hungry Tummies" has done a beautiful job of combining tofu, glass noodles and prawn!

Serving: 2 - 3

Main Ingredients:
1 tube silken egg tau foo (or any type of tofu you like), cut into 8 equal pieces
8 medium size fresh prawns, peeled keeping the tails intact
10g glass noodle, soaked and drained
1 stalk spring onion, diced

Ingredients for the sauce:

2 tbsp plum sauce
2 tb water
1 ts chopped garlic
1/8 ts ground clove
1/2 ts sugar
½ ts fried sesame
¼ ts ground white pepper
¼ ts grated ginger

Method to prepare the plum sauce:

Heat wok with vegetable oil and add chopped garlic and stir fry till fragrant.  Add plum sauce, water, clove, sugar and pepper and let it simmer for about 2 mins.  Add the grated ginger and simmer for another minute and turn off heat.

Method to prepare main ingredients:

First, In order to have the prawn in the shape of a ball, I formed them into balls, pinning with a toothpick, and dipped each prawn into small pot of hot water to let it  half cook to "set" its shape.  I cut the tube of tofu into 8 equal pieces and lay them on the serving plate.  Next I boiled the glass noddles for 5 mins and drain it well before and arranged some onto each tofu slice.  On top of the glass noodles, I nested the prawns.  Spoon a little of the sauce on each prawn and put the rest of the sauce in a small bowl and set it in the center of the serving plate. Sprinkle some fried sesame seeds onto each prawan and the rest go into the sauce. When the water is boiling in the steamer, steam the dish for 5 to 8 mins. Garnished with spring onion and serve the dish hot.  


  1. Mmm, this looks divine! We´re big prawn fans! I´ll try it and let you know.

    Oh, and i agree with you: good recipes should be shared! ;)
    Have a good day!

  2. Hi Marta,

    Me too, I love prawns but I am allergic to certains prawns. That does not stop me from eating. I just can't stay away from them so I will just enjoy them even if I have to take an anti-histamine after that hehe.

  3. What a gorgeous dish! Can I please come over??

  4. Belinda,

    How I wish you are staying nearby.

  5. SOOO BEAUTIFUL!!!! u have done magic with prawns and noodles...its looks so gorgeous that I ll think twice before eating!

  6. What a beautiful dish...very impressive presentation. The flavors of the sauce sound delicious!

  7. Hi sinfullyspicy,
    good to see you again and thanks for the compliment.

  8. Hi Karen,
    thanks for coming back to check on my recipes. Your visit made my day:D

  9. Sally in Little RockOctober 11, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    At the first instant I felt that old skepticsm start to rise in me. That is because to me, fresh cooked prawns immediately raises the thought of cocktail sauce laced with horseradish. I can't recall now the first food blog I saw, but their existence has changed me, largely because of recipes like this. It is so beautiful that I had to try. Couldn't find glass noodles at our neighborhood grocer so I substituted angel hair pasta. But I did manage the plum sauce. As my family oohed and awed the thought occurred to me that food is another way the internet is changing the world, a dish at a time. Thanks for this one, now I can't wait to try it on friends and guests.

  10. Hi Sally,

    First of all thank you for visiting my blog and like this recipe. You have given me a great idea and a new variation, replace glass noodels with angel hair! I am sure this will work. I must try this with angel hair the next time myself! Please be back to check on new recipes!

  11. Pretty presentation and the flavours sound delicious!

  12. Thanks Marisa! I am learning a lot of wonderful presentations from a new cook book I bought recently. Please come back and check on new recipes.

  13. This looks delicious! I have a ton of glass noodles I need to use, and I think this would be a fun treat for us to enjoy! Thanks!

  14. Hi Jennifer,
    Enjoy and thanks for dropping by.

  15. Love the innovation! I think glass noodles just goes so well with prawns (:

  16. Shu Han: Yes this dish is awesome and looks pretty too.

  17. Hi Quay Po, what's your real name? I think you said that your husband calls you Lucy in reference to the hare-brained Lucille Ball of "I Love Lucy"! Your prawn dish here gives me a new idea to try to change my husband's lack of fondness for prawns and most seafood. Let's see how this works on him when I try it out tomorrow night. :)

    1. My name is Veronica:D Looking forward to hear from you if you this dish will change your hubby's mind about prawns.

  18. G'day I would DEFINITELY like to make this dish.. Should I cut the tofu in a circle before putting the glass noodles on? What type of dish should I use to put inside the steamer? Thank you Cannot wait to try this unique dish!

    1. Hi mickeydownunder, thanks for dropping by. I can buy the of in a tube here but you can't get that at your end, you might have to cut them in circle. Yes and you do that before you put on the glass noodles. A pyrex dish should be suitable this steamed.


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