With or without you…

I still have some of the nyonya sauce I got from my friend, Merryn, left sitting in the fridge so I decided to use it to fry some rice…

Nyonya sauce fried rice

…with it one morning and it turned out really nice and I was thinking to myself that it would be nice to cook the same way using bihun and prawns. I did try using the sauce with bihun once but if you click the first link above, you would see that it was a different style – with gravy like Singapore nyonya mee siam.

Anyway, my girl came home for the weekend and I wanted to fry it for breakfast. Unfortunately, there were no prawns in the freezer – my missus said that she could not get hold of any at the shop round the corner from my house. Well, I decided to just go ahead and fry it, with or without the prawns…

Nyonya sauce bihun 1

…and these were the ingredients I used…

Ingredients

From left to right, clockwise, I had the leftover nyonya sauce, a handful of ikan bilis (dried anchovies), fish cake slices, serai (lemon grass) stalks, bruised, one shallot – peeled and sliced, two cloves of garlic – peeled and chopped, a spoonful of pounded chili, one chili, thinly sliced and some Thai basil leaves and spring onions which I later cut into fine bits for use.

I fried the ikan bilis in a bit of oil till golden brown and removed to use for garnishing later and after that, I fried the shallot and garlic. Once browned, I added the serai, a spoonful of the nyonya sauce, the fish slices, basil leaves and sliced chili in that order, saving a bit of the last one for garnishing as well. After I had mixed all those together and cooked them thoroughly, I put in the bihun (soaked to soften) followed by the pounded chili. Then, I added some egg white – my missus had been making cookies for the coming Chinese New Year and she only used the yolks, keeping the white in the fridge…so I thought I would just use that. Otherwise, two eggs would have been just right.

When everything had been done nicely, I added the chopped spring onions, also saving a bit for garnishing and a pinch of msg…and finally, I dished everything out onto a plate…

Nyonya sauce bihun 2

…and garnished it with the ikan bilis, sliced chili and chopped spring onion…

Nyonya sauce bihun 3

…that I had saved for the purpose.

Everybody loved it, despite there being no prawns. I guess with all the fragrant ingredients used, one just can’t go wrong, with or without those crustaceans.