Monday, December 20, 2010

Steamed Tofu with Prawns and Glass Noodles


I am inspired by Wendy to make this dish. (Wendy, thanks for sharing! ^^)

While looking for something to cook for the coming Chinese New Year, I am in a quest for recipes that can be executed smoothly in my hometown with bare simple cooking utensils and equipment and the dish has to be elegant and lavish enough to add into the reunion dinner menu,
when I saw this….BINGO!

It looks really delicious, and it tastes really heavenly. But the cooking is, aha! Dead simple, suits my palate, definitely suits my family’s too. (They are not into Western dishes, especially during CNY, you know…)

I modify just the sauce because I like the Hong Kong styled steamed fish sauce which normally adds rock sugar, I would like this to be the same too. It turns out REALLY well, and I can’t say it enough, DEAD simple.

So here you go, the recipe:


Silken/silky tofu – Must be the silken/silky tofu, cut into small blocks of same size. Be very careful when you cut, it’s very fragile.

Prawns – cut away veins, heads and everything, leave tails for decoration.

Glass noodles – soak into water until soften.

Garlic oil for drizzling – pop diced garlic with oil into microwave for 3 mins

Light soy sauce with rock sugar to your liking

Sliced spring onions for garnish


  1. Glass noodles on the plate.
  2. Arrange one piece of prawn per tofu.
  3. When water is HOT, put them in, steam for 5-6 minutes.
  4. Take out, drizzle with garlic oil and sauce, topped with sliced spring onions.


  1. I will try making this with fried onion oil and see how it goes. May be some rice wine too.
  2. Prawns have to be steamed when the water is boiling, to lock in the prawn juice and for succulent prawns.
  3. How to make curly sliced onions?

Ans: With small knife, cut them into half, bath with some water with ice. 5 mins later, tear them into smaller strips, they will become curly.



lena said...

this looks just as attractive as wendy's one. nice work and refreshing dish too!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

Glad you liked this.
Thanks to 3 Hungry Tummies for sharing this to me.

Steam dish sauce is a nice idea.
I'll try that next time.
Shallot oil might lend a sweeter end to the dish, if you prefer it that way.

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

Sorry, Steam Fish Sauce :p

Angie said...

Hello! This looks so yummy! :)

I'm new to using the microwave so may I know which mode u set the microwave to when you make your garlic oil?


homeladychef said...

Hi Lena, thanks for your compliment. haha...I borrowed her ideas or from 3 Hungry Tummies that she borrowed from too.

Hi Wendy: Ya, i think the shallot might be too sweet but i still would like to try it on cos i find that the fried garlic is a bit hard to my liking after frying. I thought it was the prawn shell initially!and ya, the steam fish sauce is nice. :)

Hi Angie: You can use the normal microwave function which heats food, i.e. just put garlic and oil into a bowl (non-plastic)with lid(non plastic), pop into the microwave, press 3 mins and START button. Thats it! hope this helps ;)

tigerfish said...

CNY? You are fast in preparing for CNY! Love this simple elegant dish! Super delicious!

Swee San said...

oh making garlic oil in the microwave.. nice!! just learnt something today

Angie said...

Thanks! And I would do the same if I'm making shallot oil?

homeladychef said...

Hi Angie, it should be the same for shallot oil, depends on the thickness of your sliced shallots, plus 1 or 2 mins, thereabout. Enjoy your cooking for the family! :)

Food For Tots said...

CNY is still another month and you have started planning your menu. You make me very nervous now. Luckily I don't need to cook at my MIL's house. Hehehe! Your dish really looks 5-stars! ;)

homeladychef said...

Really? I plan earlier because i gotta to cook for abt 25 people! So i need to plan early. This dish looks five star right? Agree! gotta impress relatives by this! Haha...they don't even know i can cook! Merry christmas!

Angie said...

Hi! I tried this and it's great! :)

homeladychef said...

Hi Angie: Happy to hear that! :)

fun said...

Hi! :D just wondering, what kind of oil would you recommend for use? I think the last time I tried using Nature's olive oil, it tasted too oily and weird Thanks!

fun said...

Hi! :D just wondering, what kind of oil would you recommend for use? I think the last time I tried using Nature's olive oil, it tasted too oily and weird Thanks!

homeladychef said...

Hi fun, I used normal canola oil for frying garlic to infuse garlic's flavour into the oil. It takes abt 3 min in the microwave on high.

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