Originally we planned to make steamed prawns with Chencunfen, a type of noodles from Guangdong, but when we went to wet market after work, there was only rice noodle rolls left. We still went for it and the combination with steamed prawn is actually unexpectedly well!
When the prawns are fresh, the dish steamed prawns itself is already tasty. Moreover, the rice noodle rolls absorb the essence of the garlic and the prawns, together with the method of waterless steaming which strengthens the rice aroma, this Waterless Steamed Prawns with Garlic and Rice Noodle Rolls become amazingly delicious!
蒜蓉腸粉無水蒸蝦 Waterless Steamed Prawns with Garlic and Rice Noodle Rolls
The name of the dish is Waterless Steamed Prawns with Garlic and Rice Noodle Rolls. Speaking of waterless steaming, it may sound unfamiliar to many. Different from normal steaming, in waterless steaming there is no external water to cook the food. Instead, we put the pot directly on the stove and it’s the heat in ingredients that cooks the food. With this method, the timing of exposing to fire needs to be precisely controlled otherwise the ingredients will stock onto the pot. The advantage of using this method is that the juice inside the ingredients can be better reserved and hence both the texture and taste are better.
To use waterless steaming, the pot itself needs to be good at heat insulation and preserving water inside. A cast iron pot is ideal for this cooking method.
Ingredients are simple. ~10 prawns, ~300g of rice noodle rolls and a bulb of garlic
To begin with we chop off the antenna and legs of the prawns and then butterfly and devein them
Prepare minced garlic
Take half of the minced garlic for frying. A handful of sugar can be added midway to reduce the bitterness of fried garlic. Then mix them with the intact minced garlic. If you prefer it spicy, add some diced chilli pepper and mix well with the garlic
Prepare the sauce made up of light soy sauce, oyster sauce, mirin and water. It’s quite spontaneous. The purpose is to give the rice noodle rolls some flavour as base
Chop the rice noodle rolls and put them on the buffet
Pour the sauce and place the rice noodle rolls nicely
Place the prawns on top
Garlic on top of the prawns. Close the lid. Switch on the fire. medium heat for 3 mins, low heat for 2 mins, then switch off fire, rest for 5 mins
Open the lid, pour boiling oil and you will hear the sizzling of the prawns. Done!