How do you like it?…

This question reminds me of a very popular local singer who was the butt of quite a few jokes that were circulating around at one time owing to her lack of proficiency in the English language.

The story goes like this:
She was on board a flight one day and meals were being served. The air stewardess asked her, “How do you like your coffee, m’am?” She looked up with her bright gleaming eyes, fluttered her long eyelashes and flashed her sweetest smile, dimples and all…and replied coyly, “In a cup!” LOL!!!

Anyway, this post isn’t actually about her nor flying or drinking coffee. It is going to be about taugeh or bean sprouts…

Bean sprouts

Do you usually remove the tail like I do? I find that very tedious  and absolutely boring so if I were the one doing the marketing, I would opt for those with the tails all removed already by the seller – at double the price.

If you order it in the town, chances are they would fry it with salted fish. My missus would do it the same way too…or with ikan bilis (dried anchovies) sometimes. This was how I fried it the other day…

STP's fried bean sprouts 1

…with prawns and oyster sauce and all the other ingredients – chopped garlic, daun sup (Chinese celery) and chili…

Fried bean sprouts - ingredients

First I fried the garlic in a bit of oil till they turned golden brown and then I threw in the prawns. When they were cooked, I added the daun sup and chili and also the taugeh…after which, I added a couple of dashes of oyster sauce and a little bit of water to dissolve it so the sauce would be mixed thoroughly with the taugeh and everything else. Then I dished it all out and served…

STP's fried bean sprouts 2

I also loved this cooked this with minced meat with or without the prawns, together with sliced tau kwa (bean curd cake) too.

Personally, I prefer my taugeh undercooked so that it will still be crunchy and sweet. How do you like it?