When i was in Singapore I always had this soup, it was my favorite. Then several months ago i thought i would try to recreate it since i do not see us in Asia any time soon.
1 LB of Crab meat
1/2 lb of shrimp, heads, shells and tails removed
1/2 lb of bacon
6 cups of chicken or seafood stock
1/2 lb of fine Chinese noodles
5 oz of bean sprouts
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 table spoon of sesame oil
1 teaspoon of Chinese 5 spice
1/2 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger
8 scallions chopped - the whole scallion
1 cucumber shredded
salt and pepper to taste
Fill a tea pot with water and set on stove to boil.
Place bacon on a broiling pan and cook until almost crispy or you can cook it in the microwave. Once cooked cut in in thirds, then into ribbons. Set aside
Cook noodles as per the directions on the package, drain, rinse and cut into 2 to 3 inch lengths.
Clean the bean sprouts of any seed casings and place in a colander. Next pour the boiling water from the tea pot over the bean sprouts and let sit in the sink until ready to add to the soup.
In a large skillet over medium high heat oil, then add the garlic and ginger and saute for about 20 seconds. Next add the stock to the skillet and stir for about 2 minutes until stock is just about to boil. Now add the bacon, bean sprouts and noodles to the pan and stir to warm. Next add the 5 spice and salt and pepper to taste. Once the soup comes to a boil, stir for 30 seconds, turn off heat and add shrimp and crab to skillet and cover. Let soup steep for about 4 to 5 minutes. Once shrimp as cooked through it is time to serve.
Place scallions and cucumbers on the bottom of each bowl and spoon soup over and serve.