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Covid-19 stay-home recipe: Savoury seafood beehoon

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Hedy Khoo on 01 May 2020

The Straits Times


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Staying home for a long weekend need not be a bummer.


Start the day by whipping up a tasty meal.


Using this recipe, you can turn bland beehoon and frozen seafood into a dish of savoury seafood white beehoon.


The secret to that lies in a robust stock. I threw in soya beans for extra oomph.


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  • 750g fish bones
  • ¼ tsp Chinese rose wine
  • 3 Tbs Shaoxing wine
  • 5 litres water
  • 3 Tbs oil
  • 50g ginger, sliced
  • 11 garlic cloves (80g), whole with skin on and lightly bruised
  • 150g ikan bilis
  • 200g frozen clams, defrosted
  • 100g soya beans (soaked for an hour)


The above quantities should render around two litres of stock. You can store any unused portion in the freezer.




  • 5 Tbs oil
  • 5 garlic cloves (35g), chopped
  • 200g dried beehoon, soaked and softened
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 prawns (300g)
  • 1 squid (150g), cut into 3cm by 4cm pieces
  • 400g frozen clams, defrosted
  • 1 litre seafood stock
  • 2 napa cabbage leaves, cut into 5cm pieces
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 2 Tbs seafood stock
  • 1 to 2 Tbs cognac (optional)
  • 30g Chinese celery, sliced into 1.5cm pieces





1. In a deep dish, place fish bones. Add Chinese rose wine and Shaoxing wine to marinate the fish. Cover and chill in refrigerator for 15 minutes.


2. Bring four litres of water to a boil in a large pot. Bring another litre of water to a boil in another pot.


3. Heat 3 Tbs of oil in a wok. Fry ginger slices until fragrant and add garlic cloves. Fry for a minute. Add fish bones.


4. Fry until fish bones are semi-opaque in colour. Add ikan bilis.


5. Continue to fry until fish bones are cooked through.


6. Pour the 1 litre of boiling water into the wok. Stir and allow mixture to come to a boil.


7. Transfer the mixture into the large pot with the four litres of boiling water.


8. Add the clams and soya beans.


9. Boil on high heat, covered, for 20 minutes. Lower heat to medium and continue to boil, covered, for 40 minutes.


10. Using a metal sieve lined with muslin cloth, filter the stock. Retain the stock and discard the boiled ingredients.




1. Heat 2 Tbs of oil in a clean wok. Fry a quarter of the chopped garlic until fragrant and add the beehoon.


2. Fry the beehoon and season with 1 tsp of salt. Continue frying for 2 minutes and set aside.


3. Heat 1 Tbs of oil in the wok and fry another quarter of the garlic until fragrant. Add in prawns and fry until half-cooked. Add in squid. Fry for 30 seconds and remove from the heat. Set aside.


4. Heat 2 Tbs of oil and fry the remaining garlic until fragrant. Add 1 litre of seafood stock.


5. Add in napa cabbage. Allow mixture to come to a boil.


6. Add in beehoon, prawns and squid.


7. Allow mixture to come to a simmering boil. Add the clams and allow the mixture to simmer again. Season with salt. Discard any clams that remain unopened.


8. Add in the beaten egg gradually, stirring it into the mixture.


9. In a small bowl, mix 2 tsp of cornflour and 2 Tbs of seafood stock. Add this to the wok, stirring it into the gravy.


10. Let the mixture come to a simmering boil. Add in the cognac and give the mixture a quick stir-through.


11. Garnish with Chinese celery and serve immediately.


Serves four


Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.



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