Malaysia Mee (Noodles)
Fancy smooth & spicy Malaysia fried and gravy noodle dishes!
‘Mee’ in Malaysia is actually noodles. Mee is a classic Malaysian dish that can be found in many small joints, street stalls, cafe, eateries and even hotels and fine dining restaurants and is eaten at all times of the day. There are varieties of noodles shapes: mee cut into waves, helices, tubes, strings, or shells, or folded over, or cut into other shapes just like pasta. They are typically made from either wheat or rice flour where the flour dough is kneaded, stretched, extruded, or rolled flat and cut into one of a variety of shapes. In Malaysia, the long and thin strips mee is most common and they are often stir-fried, prepared in soup or with various gravy.
This easy and delicious stir-fried noodles recipe makes a great serving of Mee Goreng. It is typically fried with slices of garlic, onions, chilli paste and soy sauce added with either a selection of chicken, beef or seafood and vegetables. The mixture is cooked, tossed and heated thoroughly to ensure all ingredients are evenly coated with the sauce. Bean sprouts and spinach is added towards the end. Some may prefer to add fried egg, top with fried onions, sambal and spring onion. Those that with a Malaysian taste-bud would typically take Mee Goreng with cut bird’s eye chillies in soy sauce and a squeezed of lime slice.
Southern Malaysians will tell you that one of the best food ever created in this planet is the spicy and awesome Mee Bandung. It kick starts at your mouth and goes straight into your head. It is simply extraordinary as each mouthful is rich and bursting with egg, chicken and prawn flavour. There’s simply no stopping once you have started.
The word ‘bandung‘ is not to be confused with Bandung, Indonesia as it actually has malay meaning, i.e “mixed” or “pairs“. A check on the recipe, you will find that Mee Bandung consists of several ingredients that are mixed together. Hence the name “mee bandung” was given.
Originally mee bandung consisted of only noodles and eggs besides its spicy gravy that was made of a mixture of chilli, onion, spices, etc. However, today the Mee bandung recipe has been improved with the addition of meat, shrimps, fish cakes and vegetables. It also can be found all over Malaysia but without a shadow of doubt the one in Muar is still the best!
Mee Rebus also known as “mee kuah” is readily available in the local food courts and hawker centers in different version in Peninsular Malaysia. It is yellow noodles served with a thick spicy potato-based gravy and garnished with hard-boiled egg, spring onions, cut chillies, bean sprouts, fried shallots and lime juice. Some Mee Rebus comes sweet and some spicy, some in reddish colour while some brownish, it all depends on the type of curry paste and potatoes the Mee Rebus is prepared with. Try experience it with sambal, which adds an extra ‘kick’ to the dish.
Mee Rebus is less spicy than Mee Bandung.