Category Archives: Seafood

Step-By-Step Recipe: Spicy Dried Shrimp Rolls / Hae Bee Hiam Rolls (蝦米香)

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Chinese New Year (‘CNY’) is already in full force, and I figure that these are the three possible reactions you might have towards the picture of the Spicy Dried Prawn Rolls / Hae Bee Hiam (蝦米香) above:

1. No more, just NO MORE – They were good while they lasted but I am already harbouring a sore throat from over-consumption…
2. NO, just give me some! A handful will do, or just a couple! What is CNY without these?!
3. Excuse me, but what are these?

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Step By Step Recipe: Singapore Fried Prawn Noodles / Hokkien Mee (福建炒虾面)

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Last week at TummyTroll we made our very own Prawn Noodle Soup from scratch: The soup stock alone took almost 2 days, and we made enough soup stock to feed more than 20 people at a party! There was still half a pot of soup stock left and that was enough reason for us to fry up some Singapore Fried Prawn Noodles, or Hokkien Mee, the next day! Although we did not manage to find the thick rice vermicelli, or bee hoon, that is more commonly used in the favourite local dish, we used the thin variety and it was still a delicious plate of noodles due to the flavourful soup stock base, fresh ingredients, and the spicy sambal chilli with a kick! All that was missing was perhaps the opeh leaf for the extra touch of authenticity, and the wok hei for that extra  oomph! Nonetheless here is the recipe to one of Singapore’s most beloved hawker dishes: Continue reading

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Step-By-Step Recipe: Penang Prawn Noodle Soup / Hae Mee (虾面汤)

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After having studied in the UK for almost two and a half years now, I still think about hawker food back home on those cold lonely days but the cravings are usually curbed after I attempt to make some dishes from scratch (think our recent Bak Chor Mee or Kaya Puffs from a little while ago). Prawn noodles, however, was something I never put myself to – It is Hae Mee (prawn noodles in the Hokkien dialect) for goodness sake! It’s not just something that can be made out of a Prima Paste packet (well you can, but it won’t quite be the same). In my heart it has a certain artisanal quality that I never thought could be recreated at home unless highly skilled and truly desperate. Hence, when TummyTroll was put to the task of making Hae Mee for a party of 20 over people, we were elated at the prospects of eating authentic prawn noodles, but also fearful: What if our prawns were not fresh enough? What if the soup turned out to be tasteless?

Well, as we have discovered, all these worries were unfounded… Clichéd as it might seem, as long as you put in sufficient hours and effort, prawn noodles, or any other seemingly arduous dish would always turn out good, as it did here! If amateur student cooks like us can make Hae Mee from scratch, everyone else can definitely do it too! We hope that this step by step recipe would serve as a useful photo guide for all the homesick souls out there who are craving a bowl of prawn noodles! Enjoy :) Continue reading

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Step-By-Step Recipe: Three Cheese Smoked Salmon Rolls

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Christmas is still more than a month away but do these salmon rolls already make you think of the fancy dinner parties that are often thrown during the Christmas period, with all the delicate finger food displayed on long tables? I actually thought of making these after picking up a Waitrose magazine promoting their Christmas food packages, and cheese-filled salmon rolls were actually one of their more popular items. The advantage of making this at home is of course the lowered prices, but also the choice of your favourite cheeses paired with a smoked salmon you prefer! Hence I decided to try being slightly more creative with these classic salmon rolls, with the combination of three cheeses namely ricotta, mozzarella and pecorino romano! The interplay of different cheese textures is also interesting – A much less boring alternative to the usual salmon rolls with just cream cheese!

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We’re eating… Smoked Salmon & Clementine Arugula Salad in White Truffle Oil & Basil Vinegar Vinaigrette

Winter’s not exactly a good time to be having summery salads, but my body and stomach have been become a little wary of the heavy food brewing in the kitchen. Think stews and soups and a lot of hot chocolate! These days I’d been experimenting with homemade salad dressings and drizzles, and I’d come to the conclusion that homemade sauces are way tastier and healthier than their store-bought counterparts. What’s more, you get to customize the food to the exact taste you want it – How much better can this get?

For today, we have a smoked salmon and clementine salad with arugula (rocket leaves) which paired perfectly with a new baby in my cupboard – Basil White Wine Vinegar! It made a wonderfully light and delicate vinaigrette with some White Truffle Oil and a dash of whole-grain mustard. Yum! Enjoy the photos below:

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Short Recipe: Pan Seared Scottish Salmon with Lemon, Dill & Swedish Wild Garlic

A friend of mine recently commented that TummyTroll‘s recipes are rather big on salmon… I double checked and she seems right! Subconsciously we’d been gravitating towards salmon for our dosage of the sea. How not to, when there is an abundance of fresh fine salmon from Scotland a few hours up north? Pals of mine would know that I’m not a big fan of fish in general, but Scottish salmon has proven to be a keeper in my books – Firm, succulent flesh with a delicate sweet taste. Voila.

Edit: Here is a picture of the Swedish wild garlic. This is the dried variety. It’s not garlic per se – More of a variety of long-leaf chives. Also known as ramsons!

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Short Recipe: Deviled Eggs with Norwegian Caviar

Yes, Norwegian caviar makes an appearance again – Caviar is more than just a rich man’s food, more versatile than thought and better enjoyed in a myriad of ways. And nonetheless, delicious. How better to enjoy it than to have it this simple? Sitting atop a mound of a cold creamy yolk and mayonnaise paste, comfortably kept in a pristine white nest of boiled egg white. How lovely!

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Short Recipe: “Oriental” Cold Angel’s Hair Pasta with Norwegian Caviar

Has anyone been to Gunther’s Restaurant at Purvis Street (Singapore)? I would love to dine at the acclaimed 84th Best Restaurant in the World, but I hadn’t, unfortunately. Then again, it doesn’t hurt to dream about tasting the divine Cold Angel’s Hair Pasta with Oscietra Caviar, a signature dish at Gunther’s. Today at TummyTroll, we dare not recreate this renowned modern French dish for we neither have the talent nor the finesse. Instead we borrowed the idea of a cold angel’s hair pasta tossed with simple seasoning, garnished with a touch of savoury Norwegian caviar – Courtesy of a recent vacation to Norway. Just right for the scorching summer of Singapore, we think. For the lack of the truffle oil which is a trademark of the original Gunther’s classic, we played an oriental twist with the addition of toasted sesame oil. Top grade, no less. The result? A sleek and light creation we’re proud to tuck into! :)

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Short Recipe: Green Tea Salmon

Green tea and salmon – sounds like a dodgy combination to you? Definitely not! For fans of green tea, for its health benefits in the form of antioxidants, or simply for its mild yet delightful taste, this is a great (not to mention simple) recipe for a main course. For a rice accompaniment, click here for a recipe. This food blogger has come up with an interesting idea of complementing green tea salmon with green coconut brown rice!

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Step-By-Step: Peri Peri Prawns (PPP)

Many of you should be familiar with Nando’s – A popular franchise of restaurants specializing in a fiery Portugese special called Peri Peri Chicken, essentially a grilled chicken with a spicy Peri Peri* glaze made with fresh chilli, lemon, lime and the likes. Boy, how delish does that sound?

Unbeknownst to most people, the Portuguese also love their Peri Peri Prawns. I mean, if that sauce is so good why not just lather it on other delicious things as well? And so I did… The fire of the tangy Peri Peri glaze goes perfectly with the sweetness of the fresh king prawns – Quite a good match I would say.

*Peri Peri – You might also know it as Piri Piri, or Pili Pili.

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