Monday, November 29, 2010

Fried "Hey Bee Hiam" Flat rice noodles aka Fried Spicy Dried Shrimp Noodles

This is another recipe that I used to love so much which my mum made.  I believe it's of Penang origin.

"Hey Bee Hiam" direct translates to Spicy dried Shrimps.  It's a kind of condiment that you can use for almost anything.  I use it for frying noodles, rice, vegetables or just eating it with plain rice porridge.  I love it on hot toast too.  It's one of the most versatile condiment that I know.

As always, recipes from my mother does not come with exact measurements.  You're free to use as much as you like, and keep the balance in the fridge,  how much chilli, salt, sugar or shrimp you use really depend on how spicy, sweet or salty you want it.

Ingredients for "Hey Bee Hiam"

Dried Shrimps aka "Hey Bee"
Chilli padi - Bird's eye chilli (Add this if you want it to be spicier)

Ingredients for noodles

Lean Pork slice
Choy Sum or bean sprouts
Fish Cake
Flat rice noodles
"Hey Bee Hiam"

Method for cooking "Hey Bee Hiam"

Soak dried shrimps in water for about 30mins.

Peel shallots, soak in salt water to prevent tearing.

Cut up chilli padi and chilli

Blend ingredients together (U can use a pestle and mortar if you have the energy)

Add oil in wok, heat.  You'll need quite a bit of oil as the flossy dried shrimps absorb them up really fast.

Pour all ingredients into wok and stir fry on low fire.  Keep stirring as it gets burned quite fast.

Add salt to taste.

When the colour of the mixture darkens, add sugar.

Keep stir frying till it's kinda dark orange in colour.   Scoop it up and set aside.

When it's ready the fragrance is really strong.  That's how you tell.  The smell kinda change after some time of frying.

Method for frying the noodles

In the clean wok, add oil.  Heat.

Add Pork to stir fry till it's almost cooked.  Add Fish Cake

Add "Hey Bee Hiam"

Mix them evenly, add some water cover, Simmer for a while.

Add vegetables (Cut choy sum thick stem to small pieces) , Mix them evenly.  Cover for a little while till vege is cooked.

Add Flat rice noodles and fry everything evenly.  Make sure the noodles are well coated with "Hey Bee Hiam"

Add soy sauce to taste if it's not salty enough.

Keep stirring to prevent noodles from getting burned.

Serve with some extra sprinkle of "hey bee hiam" on the noodle

Bon Appetit
Monica Eng

1 comment:

  1. WAHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhh.....i'm salivating big time now. going to try to make the hae bee hiam once i find the hae bee in chinatown the next time i go to Boston!