Mee Siam Spicy Noodles Recipe

Mee Siam Spicy Noodles Recipes

Ingredients :

2 cups oil

4 tbsp salted soya beans, crushed

1 cup tamarind pulp, soaked in 1 cup water for juice

5 cups water

6 tbsp sugar

2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black soy sauce

2 tbsp light soy sauce


Spice Paste -

25-30 large dried red chilies, cut and soaked

40 shallots

12 candlenuts

8 cloves garlic


For Serving -

500g (1 lb) rice vermicelli, soaked in cold water until soft

500g (1 lb) beansprouts, tails removed

500g (1 lb) prawns, peeled and fried in a little oil

3 eggs, beaten, cooked in thin omelettes and shredded

1 large or 2 small cucumbers, peeled and cut in matchsticks

150g (5 oz) garlic chives, cut in 2.5cm (1 inch) lengths

3 hard beancurd, deep-fried and slivered


Garnish -

3 tbsp fried shallots

2 fresh red chilies, sliced

6 small limes or lemon wedges

Method :

Set aside 1 cup of oil. Chop spice paste ingredients finely then blend. Keep half the blended ingredients aside for frying the noodles.

Put 1 cup of oil in a wok and fry the blended paste over low heat for 10 minutes. Add the salted soya beans, fry for a few seconds then add the tamarind juice, 5 cups water, sugar, salt and simmer for 5 minutes. Taste and add more sugar if liked. Remove from heat.

Heat the second cup of oil and fry the reserved blended ingredients over low heat for 10 minutes. Add 1 tsp salt, both lots of soy sauce, drained noodles and beansprouts. Stir thoroughly, sprinkle with a little water and remove from heat.

To serve the Mee Siam, divide the noodle mixture between 6 large bowls. Top with the prawns, omelette, beancurd, cucumbers and chives. Pour over the gravy and garnish each portion with some fried shallots, sliced chili and a small lime.

Helpful hints - To reduce the heat of the gravy, discard the seeds that fall to the bottom of the bowl when you soak the chilies.

This dish, prepared by Nonya and Malay cooks, is an interpretation of Thai-style noodles. Fine rice-flour noodles are served in a spicy gravy permeated with the fragrance of salted soya beans and tamarind.

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