Mee Siam - Spicy fried thin rice noodles

Mee Siam - Spicy Fried Rice Noodles

  • 300 grams rice vermicelli noodles (thin rice noodles), soak in water until soft and drain, approximately 30 minutes
  • 150 grams bean sprouts
  • 4 eggs (slightly beat eggs in a bowl, add ½ teaspoon light soy sauce and a pinch of white pepper powder. Fry eggs into thin omelets in a non stick pan. Slice the omelet into strips. Set aside)
  • 200 grams firm tofu (cut into strips, shallow fry until golden brown)
  • 2 fish cakes, sliced into thin pieces
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar or sugar
  • 1½ tablespoon fish sauce or light soy sauce 
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons cooking oil
  • coriander leaves for garnish, around ½ bunch
Paste ingredients:
  • 6 cloves garlic, roughly cut into small pieces 
  • 5 shallots, roughly cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons fermented soy bean paste
  • 4 tablespoons dried shrimps (rinse, clean and soak in water, drain before use)
  • 6 red chilies (seed removed, cut into 1 inch) 
  • 100ml water
Mee Siam is a popular rice vermicelli noodle dish in Malaysia and Singapore. It is a nice breakfast or tea break food. It is a common dish you can find during events and gathering too. There are “dry” and “gravy” versions, both are spicy and a little bit sour. Dry version mee siam is simply fried rice noodles and gravy version served with light gravy. The preparation and cooking are a bit tedious, but it's worth it for the deliciousness and also nothing too difficult. Just need patience and time.
  • Grind all paste ingredients in a blender until come to a smooth paste. 
  • Heat cooking oil in a pan, turn to medium low heat, add the paste, keep stirring and cook until fragrant. Paste color will turn darken and oil separates. Be patient, it's taking time. 
  • Add lime juice and brown sugar, stir until sugar is dissolved. 
  • Add fish cake, tofu. Stir and cook for 2 - 3 minutes. 
  • Add in rice vermicelli, toss until the noodles well coated with the paste and soften. 
  • Season with fish sauce. 
  • Add bean sprouts, stir and toss for 3 - 5 minutes until everything mix nicely and vegetables are cooked. 
  • Taste, add more fish sauce if needed. 
  • Remove from heat. 
  • Top with omelet, garnish with coriander and serve.