Malaysian Prawn Soup Noodles

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Malaysian prawn noodles

Malaysian prawn noodles

Malaysia boasts itself of endless wonderful one-dish meal. I think it’s impossible to try all in a life time because more are created each day. That’s all because of the beauty of a multi racial nation. Prawn soup noodles, locally called ‘Hokkien Mee‘, is just one of the very popular one dish meals. It’s spicy but very delicious.

I was first introduced to this most delicious dish when I was in Penang, also known as ‘Pearl of the Orient’. I fell in love with it immediately. So this dish is always known as Penang Prawn Noodles to me. This is one of my top family favourite, more so for me as I really love prawns. This is one dish that my family would ask for every now and then.

Prawn soup noodle paste

Prawn soup noodle paste

Like any other dishes, the taste varies all over the country. The best is to prepare from scratch but it’s quite a lot of work. You need lots of prawn shells and head and spices to grind or pound to make a very tasty soup. But for a quick version, just go for the ready paste. You may get the second best but it is still very, very delicious. When I am busy I go for the paste. I love this particular brand of prawn soup paste shown above. You can get it in most Asian shops.

This recipe is very simple and very quick to cook, great for a lazy weekend.

1 packet of prawn noodle paste
baby corn (cut into smaller pieces)
cooked king prawns
broccoli florets (cooked)
crab sticks (cut smaller)
coriander (chopped)
fresh noodles

Prawn noodle soup

Prawn noodle soup

Put 4 cups of water to boil. Add the whole packet of the prawn soup paste and the baby corn. Let it boil for about 15 minutes. While the soup is boiling, prepare the other ingredients and put them into individual bowls. The amount is enough for 5-6 people.

Back in Malaysia, you don’t see sweet corn in the soup. The topping is usually simple but at home you can add more topping. I love to add more vegetables to make everyone eat more vegetables. I love baby corns because it’s very healthy and adds to the sweetness of the soup. Prawns is one of my top favourites, so you can imagine my bowl well topped with big prawns…haha.

Before adding soup

Before adding soup

The soup is already tasty on its own. Adjust according to your taste. You can use some sea salt or chicken stock granules. Scoop the soup into the bowls and serve hot. If you like to have more kick to it, you can add some hot chili oil.

Do you use prawn shells to make soup? What’s your favourite way to cook prawn soup? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other noodle recipes that you may be interested in:
Fast And Easy Egg Noodle Soup
Hand-pulled Noodles And Char Siu Chicken Soup
Fish Ball Noodle Soup
Boiled Chicken And Vegetables Noodle Soup

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TasteHongKong  on May 10th, 2010

Good to learned that there is such a packet of prawn noodle paste. Mary, I have been so in love with the noodles I tried in Penang that I have brought back with me a packet of shrimp paste which is now sleeping in my fridge. Hopefully, I shall have it in my tummy soon : ).

Quinn  on May 10th, 2010

I have tried Tean’s Gourmet before and they are lovely! The prawn noodle soup looks hearty, perfect for the coming winter!

Nasi Lemak Lover  on May 10th, 2010

I like to prepare prawn mee from the scratch but agreed with you,it’s quite a lot of work..Simply yummy.

Shirley  on May 10th, 2010

Wow! That is a one pot meal!

sushma mallya  on May 10th, 2010

Filling and looks like a complete meal..colourful soup & delicious too …have a nice day mary…

The Kitchen Masochist  on May 10th, 2010

This is one of the many Malaysian dishes I’ve tried at hawker centers. I have more than a kilo of prawn heads and shells that I’ve saved up in my freezer!

I didn’t know this originated from Penang. I had this in Johor Bahru, when I crossed the Causeway from Singapore.

I love Malaysian food and I know I’ve only tried less than a third. The only reason I haven’t attempted any Malaysian dishes is that most dishes seem to take a lot of time to prepare. At least, that’s what I’ve seen in a lot of English language Malaysian cookbooks anyway.

somewhere in singapore  on May 10th, 2010

U’re making me craving for it… hehe….

claudia lamascolo  on May 10th, 2010

Prawn soup paste, is that in an asian store? I have never used it…will have to look for this now, love this soup and with no onions Bonus for me, since I cant eat them, as a matter of fact this weekend I must have touch something with it in it and blew up like a balloon on my face….so love this soup and will try soon! thank for the recipe

Amy @ cookbookmaniac  on May 10th, 2010

This looks so tasty and delicious!

Joanne  on May 10th, 2010

Gotta love lazy weekend meals! This looks delicious. I’ve never had prawn soup before…

Belinda @zomppa  on May 10th, 2010

I need to move! LOVE prawn noodles - love what you did with it.

the lacquer spoon  on May 10th, 2010

Hmmm… your noocle recipe is soothing me now :)

Faith  on May 10th, 2010

This is a beautiful bowl of noodles! I love the baby corn in there! I could use a bowl of this with all the cold weather we’ve been having!

zurin  on May 10th, 2010

oh I didnt know prawn noodle is hokkien mee! tq I really learned something .true to your blog. and it looks spicy n delicious…my kinda dish. :)))

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kristy  on May 10th, 2010

Oh, I think you guys are truly craving for this! haha… But good that there’re now all kinds of soup paste available in the market. Otherwise, you’ll have to boil your own prawn soup! hehe…. Have a nice day!
Regards, Kristy

Von  on May 10th, 2010

I think I’ve bought that packet of paste before…although I didn’t cook it like this =] I don’t think I’ve ever had proper Hokkien Mee before- it looks delicious though!

Drick  on May 10th, 2010

now I just know your bowl had the most shrimp …. looks like a very delicious bowl of soup with lots of good things in it

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jo  on May 10th, 2010

I discovered this packet prawn noodle paste last year. It’s really tasty and pretty close to Penang style prawn noodle. In fact I think I have a spare pack in my kitchen cupboard as well. :P

Priya  on May 10th, 2010

Wat a irresistible soup, looks spicy and yumm!

Chris  on May 10th, 2010

Tean’s is the best brand. The Delimas version is too sweet. Before I discovered Tean’s( they make other mixes too) I boiled pork bone soup and threw in a can of Yeo’s sambal prawns, some chicken or ikan bilis granules, extra chilis if needed and a handful of deep fried shallots.

Jeannie  on May 10th, 2010

wow, that’s my favourite noodles too! I don’t mind having your bowl with so many prawns in it :D

Mary  on May 10th, 2010

@TasteHongKong - Gosh…I still crave for Penang food…after so many years! Sure time to use up that packet of shrimp paste in your fridge and enjoy a big bowl of prawn soup noodles. I’m sure it will bing big smiles :D

@Quinn - Thanks very much, Quinn! :D

@Nasi Lemak Lover - I do need a big positive blow to my mood to cook this from scratch…haha :D

@Shirley - It is…a real good one :D

@sushma mallya - Thanks very much, Sushma! It’s really good to eat this on a cold day while watching TV :D

@The Kitchen Masochist - Wow….u really save up on the prawn heads and shells. 1kg..that’s a lot!!! The soup is going to be awesome! Actually I don’t know where this dish originate but I first tasted it in Penang. But I find it all over the country also. Have to agree with you that real Malaysian dishes take lots of time to prepare. I guess that also explains its unique, wonderful taste. But a lot of people use ready paste these days like me :D I think you can even buy it fresh in Malaysia.

@somewhere in singapore - Haha….time for you to cook :D ……or just go out and have a bowl…how convenient!

@claudia lamascolo - Oh yes, you can get it in Asian stores but NO NO NO for you. It has onions in it!!! I’m so sorry you are allergic to onions and this wonderful dish :( Hope I will have some other equally nice dish for you one day :D

@Amy @ cookbookmaniac - Thanks very much, Amy! :D

@Joanne - Thanks very much, Joanne! :D Hope you like this one.

@Belinda @zomppa - Thanks very much, Belinda! Time to cook :D

@the lacquer spoon - It is very soothing and comforting on a cold day :D

@Faith - Thanks very much, Faith! You are very right…..really good on a cold weather. At least it brings smiles :D It’s still very chilly here :(

@zurin - Haha…I only learned that a few years ago, so not any better than you :D

@kristy - Of course…haha :D I’m really thankful that there’s all these pastes available :D

@Von - This paste is really good…at least over here in Scotland :D

@Drick - Haha…lots of prawns :D The one in picture is for my hubby.

@jo - I’m so sad I have run out of this paste. Have been looking for it but looks like all the Asian shops have run out of it :( It’s always frustrating living here. Sometimes it takes ages for the shops to re-stock! I guess I have to cook from scratch if I want to eat.

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! :D

@Chris - I have not tried other brands but I would say this brand is really good. At least now you confirm it :D What a smart alternative way to cook this dish. I can’t find any of this paste in the shops…have been quite a while already. Thanks very much for sharing, Chris! :D

@Jeannie - Haha….I will cook a lot of prawns then so that we don’t fight…LOL :D

anncoo  on May 10th, 2010

Can I come and join you for this delicious noodle?
Can’t wait to make this, must go to the supermarkt tomorrow.

5 Star Foodie  on May 10th, 2010

What a delicious soup! I’ve never made on like this and would definitely love to try!

divya  on May 10th, 2010

Simple and delicious.. simply superb dear.. nice clicks!!

luvtoeat  on May 10th, 2010

this is definitely food porn to me lol! i can’t help but to stare at all that yumminess. spicy prawn soup with lots of veggies has to be the best comfort food on a chili day. heck this looks so good i’d eat this even on a hot summer day. i LOVE prawns! i eat so much prawns in hot pot that by the time i’m done my soup is all red and foamy…mmmmm….now that’s some yumminess there. i can’t wait to look for that soup pack in my supermarket…looks so delicious! thank you for sharing this Mary :-D

luvtoeat  on May 10th, 2010

oops..chili=chilly. you can tell i had food on my mind lol.

Roti n Rice  on May 10th, 2010

You are making me drool! With all the good food you are posting, I need to visit you real soon.

Juliana  on May 10th, 2010

Yummiw, this is my kind of noodle…looks so tasty :-)

Joy  on May 10th, 2010

I have seen this soup before but I have never had it. It looks really good.

Namitha  on May 10th, 2010

I love this kid of potmeal…wholesome and toothsome :-)

Mary  on May 10th, 2010

@anncoo - You are most welcome, Ann! We will have so much to eat and so much to chat :D We can talk the whole night through…with coffee to help of course…haha. Would be so fun if one day we meet!

@5 Star Foodie - I hope you can get this prawn soup paste there. Give a try. It’s very delicious and really simple and easy to cook. I love cooking it :D

@divya - Thanks very much, Divya! :D

@luvtoeat - Haha…we eat regardless of the weather, too. We are used to that in Malaysia. We slurp happily with a piece of tissue in one hand to dab the sweat…haha. Over here, of course eating during the cold seasons is just most welcoming. Like you, my family always had to add chili oil to spice it up…crazy huh…haha. I’m just happy as it is :D Hope you can find this paste in Asian shops. But I think it’s too spicy for your kids. Never mind….mommy & daddy enjoy!

@Roti n Rice - Aha….yeah…I’ll post more mouth-watering dishes so that you will come sooner. I think we will talk non-stop…lots to catch up :D

@Juliana - Time to cook :D Hope you can find the paste there.

@Joy - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Joy! :D Give a try. It’s very delicious.

@Namitha - Just like me! :D

teresa  on May 10th, 2010

oh wow, what a beautiful soup!

Blackswan  on May 10th, 2010

Prawn Mee Soup? Yum, yum! The version looks a little different from the ones in S’pore. Ours are served with bean sprout, Kangkong, fish cake
& pork ribs or meat. Love it when it’s served with King Prawns!

Little Inbox  on May 10th, 2010

Your version of Hokkien mee is with different variety of ingredients compared to the common one.

So far, I tried 2 brands of ready made prawn soup noodle paste. Both also taste like dried prawn soup base rather than fresh prawn soup base. Make from scratch is still the best…tough process.

tasteofbeirut  on May 10th, 2010

This soup looks so good Mary! I never would have guessed that you used the packaged paste! Great, thanks for the info now I know what to do with it when I see this at the Asian market where i shop

Ellie (Almost Bourdain)  on May 10th, 2010

Mary, I totally agree with you that Malaysia has the best selection of one-dish meals! This prawn soup noodle is my favourite!

rebecca  on May 10th, 2010

oh i love soups like this so true what you say about loved ones leaving sob love ya Rebecca

Mary  on May 10th, 2010

Mary, I love noodles bur you’ve carried this several steps beyond the basic. These look wonderful and I can’t wait to give them a try. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

theUngourmet  on May 10th, 2010

I’ve never made shrimp soup. It looks so wonderful and full of fantastic flavor! I love all of the healthy veggies in her too. :)

noobcook  on May 10th, 2010

I love using ready paste, really convenient. Haven’t tried this version of Malaysian prawn soup before, sounds delicious coz I love spicy.

Mary  on May 11th, 2010

@teresa - Thanks very much, Teresa! :D

@Blackswan - Oh yes, I love bean sprouts, kang kong and fish cakes in soup. I can have been sprouts at ordinary supermarkets but to get fish cake and kang kong, I have to go to the Chinese shops which is quite inconvenient. That’s why I changed it but very delicious too :D Will try that next time.

@Little Inbox - Yes, I made up my own….haha :D Totally agree with you that making from scratch is still the best. Sometimes I do that.

@tasteofbeirut - Thanks very much! I hope the Asian shop at your place sells this paste. Have fun cooking :D

@Ellie (Almost Bourdain) - I’m sure we have lots of similar favourites! :D Each time I go back, we would all dive into the hawker stalls for real good eats…haha. In fact, the moment we landed at Kuala Lumpur airport, our eat spree starts…LOL :D

@rebecca - Rebecca, I really hope you and your parents meet up again soon. I hope to visit my parents soon…always such joy to see them :D

@Mary - Thanks very much, Mary! Give this popular Malaysian dish a try. If you like prawns and spicy food, I think you will like this one very much. My family really likes it :D

@theUngourmet - The flavour from this paste is really good. It’s very simple and easy to cook :D Give a try if you can find this paste. You can try with other toppings.

@noobcook - I’m sure you can easily get this paste there on your side. Have fun cooking :D

penny aka jeroxie  on May 11th, 2010

Not seen prawn noodle soup paste…. only laksa paste!

SathyaSridhar  on May 11th, 2010

Woooow!!!! MARY soup looks so colourful n filling with lot of ingredients dear..i like filling soup like this with rolls for my dinner.

tigerfish  on May 11th, 2010

I remembered the last time I wanted to cook Hokkien Noodles, I had to plan ahead cos need to keep the prawn heads. With the paste, it definitely satisfies instant cravings. But you can start “collecting” prawn heads now and freeze them every time you have the heads :p ..In no time, you can cook some without the paste.

Cheah  on May 11th, 2010

Wow, those king size prawns, ‘betul, betul’ prawn mee. Some time ago, we had supper at Papa Rich and my girl ordered prawn mee and when it arrived, not a prawn was in sight, only the hard boiled egg and fish paste and some kangkong. My girl complained to the captain and she hurriedly apologised…..then she came back and told us that the prawns had finished and she said, this bowl of prawn mee was on the house! So, it was FOC!

Simply Life  on May 11th, 2010

DELICIOUS!!! I wish I had these closer for my meals today! :)

Barbara  on May 11th, 2010

This looks wonderful, Mary. I’ve never heard of it before, but am certain I can get whatever I need to pull this together at my Asian market.
The colors are unreal!

Erica  on May 11th, 2010

This looks delicious!!!I have to find it at my local market.

peachkins  on May 11th, 2010

I’m just looking at it and I love it already!

Mary  on May 11th, 2010

@penny aka jeroxie - Maybe you can try other shops. Australia is so near home. I think Asian shops there should have. This brand also has laksa paste. I have tried it and it’s very delicious….mmmm :D

@SathyaSridhar - Yes, without the noodles, you can eat it with rolls, too. Would be very delicious I’m sure though I haven’t tried it yet. Sometimes we pour the soup over rice and it’s very delicious too. My family like sit very much :D

@tigerfish - I don’t often buy prawns with head, usually ready cooked prawns which are easy to cook, unless I keep buying tiger prawns! That will take me ages to wait for the prawn soup…haha :D

@Cheah - Oh dear….that’s really annoying! To me, that’s irresponsible. They hope to get away with it. Good thing your daughter enquired. Glad they didn’t charge you for it. Maybe you should have called a few bowls…haha :D

@Simply Life - Time to cook soon! :D

@Barbara - I hope you can get everything from the Asian shop.
Give a try. It’s very delicious. Happy cooking :D

@Erica - I hope you can find it. have fun cooking :D

@peachkins - Haha…thanks very much! :D

Sook  on May 11th, 2010

Oh Mary, this soup looks so good! I love seafood soup with spicy broth!

zerrin  on May 11th, 2010

Wow this looks so heartwarming, a great seafood dish.

pavithra  on May 11th, 2010

Thats wonderful hearty soup.. colorful

wendy  on May 12th, 2010

I will be back to Penang end of May for 10 days, I already have a list with a lot of food I am going to eat, sad thing is 10 days is just too short, I have to skip some of the goodies…Anyway, it is better than nothing!hehe…

pigpigscorner  on May 12th, 2010

My fav brand of prawn noodle is Chilliz, I have to try this brand!

Rita  on May 12th, 2010

Hehe…may I invite myself over? :-))

Julie Lynn  on May 12th, 2010

One of my favorite lunches is a big bowl of steaming noodles. Yours look so yummy. =)

Tasty Trix  on May 12th, 2010

I HAVE to find this paste! I love laksa, so I bet I would love this too.

Mary  on May 13th, 2010

@Sook - Thanks very much, Sook! The Korean hot bean paste is very delicious in making spicy soup, too…mmmm :D

@zerrin - Thanks very much, Zerrin! :D

@pavithra - Thanks very much, Pavithra! :D

@wendy - That’s really exciting… so jealous :P I can only imagine all the wonderful food that you are going to buy and enjoy…mmm. Wish I can follow! :D Have fun!

@pigpigscorner - I have not tried your brand. Hope to try too. Thanks for sharing! :D

@Rita - Sure…come, and I’ll cook a big pot to share. You can eat to your heart’s content :D

@Julie Lynn - Bet you have tried lots of types of noodles while in China. My family loves noodles too. :D

@Tasty Trix - Oooh…I love laksa too. This brand also has the laksa paste which is very good. I hope you can find it on your side. Have fun cooking :D

xiaoyen  on May 13th, 2010

I looks like Thai tom yum soup which I love. This looks so good. I love all the ingredients. I hope I can find the prawn paste here though. That’s the key ingredient.

Mary  on May 13th, 2010

@xiaoyen - You are very right…looks like Thai tom yum soup but tastes very different. I hope you can find the prawn paste there. Have fun cooking :D

Modern Comfort Food  on May 13th, 2010

A splendid recipe, Mary! I’m one of the lucky ones who always has access to perfectly fresh, wild caught, and very cheap prawns (even the huge ones are called shrimps where I live), and this recipe is SO right up my alley. Many thanks for sharing. Stumbled.

Mary  on May 13th, 2010

@Modern Comfort Food - Thanks very much! Wow… I envy you….wish I can get lots of cheap, fresh prawns here! If there is, you can bet I will be cooking and smiling everyday…haha :D

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