Mee Siam is a dish of
thin rice noodles (vermicelli) in spicy, sweet and sour light gravy.
This is a popular hawker cuisine that can be found on the streets of
Malaysia and Singapore. The name Mee Siam means “Siamese Noodles”,
said to be of Thai origin.
Mee Siam uses a few main ingredients which bring out its peculiar
taste - tau cheo (preserved soy beans), chili and dried prawns.
There are two types of Mee Siam, “dry” and “gravy” version. A
“gravy” version is served in light and piquant gravy made from
tamarind juice and dried shrimp, and served with toppings such as
fresh limes, tiny cubes of dried beancurd, chives and slices of
boiled egg. A "dry" version, which is essentially stir-frying the
rice noodles with the same spices used in the "gravy" version.
Mee Siam is always great for parties as it is cheap (low ingredients
cost) and tasty at the same time.