Shrimp (Prawn) noodles

Meat glue

Transglutaminase is a naturally occurring enzyme that crosslinks the proteins Lysine and Glutamine – essentially gluing meat together.  It is deactivated by temperature leaving the glued meat permanently taking on a new shape.

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In this case – we’re going to turn a puree of shrimp meat into noodles.

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Prawn noodles
Servings
Ingredients
Noodles
Sauce
Servings
Ingredients
Noodles
Sauce
Instructions
Noodles
  1. Make Shrimp head oil by peeling the shrimp and cooking the shells in a pan over a gentle heat with the oil for about 15-30 mins until the oil has turned a nice orange color. Strain to remove the cooked shells.
  2. We're going to use half the oil for the noodles and the other half for the sauce.
  3. Puree the shrimp flesh with the salt to a fine consistency
  4. Pass the prawn head across a drum sieve (bottom right image) to remove any fibres. Add half of the prawn head oil and reblend. Finally adding the Transglutaminase.
  5. Pipe the mixture into a water bath at 55C (130F) and leave to set and the shrimp flesh to cook for 5-10 mins.
  6. OPTIONAL: You can also extrude the flesh using a meat grinder however we found that the noodles tended to stick to each other and had to be separated with a knife.
Sauce
  1. Wilt spinach in the microwave, and drain.
  2. Fry Guanciale until crunchy, add Spinach and noodles and heat to serving temperature
  3. Put the remaining shrimp oil in a saucier and warm (but don't boil), then add the cream and mix well. Cook for 5 mins until a skin forms on the surface and then add the noodles.
  4. Plate in a bowl
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