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Makes: 6-8 servings
Preparation and cooking time: 1 hour
6-8 cups water
1 pack rice noodles (luglug)
Cold water with ice
1 cup puso ng saging, sliced into chunks
1 cup sitaw, knotted
1 cup eggplant, sliced diagonally into 1/4 –inch thick pieces
1 bunch pechay tagalog, leaves separated
¼ kilo manila clams (halaan), cleaned
¼ kilo squid, cleaned
½ kilo prawns, shelled and deveined
¼ cup atsuete seeds
1 cup fried tofu, cut in half
1 piece ginger, 2-inch long, peeled
1 piece luyang dilaw (turmeric) 2-inch long, peeled
6 pieces garlic clove, peeled and smashed
4 pieces red onion (sibuyas na tagalog)
1 piece lemongrass
1 tablespoon bagoong alamang
½ cup dried hibe, soaked in water , reserve water
¾ cup toasted peanuts
¼ cup toasted rice
2 tablespoons atsuete oil
Atsuete water from boiling the vegetables and seafood
Shrimp shells and heads
1 can coconut milk
1 tablespoon sugar
Salt, to taste
1. Bring water to a boil in a large pot over medium heat. Blanche the rice noodles until soft and remove from water.
2. Boil the puso ng saging in the same water until just cooked and shock in ice water. Repeat for sitaw, eggplant, and pechay tagalog. Set aside.
3. In the same water, boil manila clams until opened. Remove from water. Repeat with squid and prawns. Remove from water.
4. Boil atsuete seeds in the water until an orange color develops. Strain and return to pot. Set aside.
1. In a blender / food processor / mortar & pestle, combine all the ingredients and grind into a paste. If the mixture needs more liquid to turn into a paste, add the water from soaking the hibe.
1. Pour shrimp shells and head into the pot of atsuete water. Boil and crush the shrimp heads for about 20 minutes. Strain and set aside.
1. In a large pot, saute the paste in atsuete oil over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes to release the fragrance and deepen flavor, stirring constantly.
2. Add the broth and boil for about 15 minutes. Add the coconut milk and sugar. Season with salt and allow to simmer for a few minutes.
3. Add the fried tofu pieces. Simmer for a few minutes to allow them to soak the flavor. Add the shrimp and boil until just cooked. Turn off heat and add back the clams and squid.
4. Place everything in a bowl and serve.
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