20Nov, 2023
Stir Fried Mee Sua (Wheat Vermicelli) 干炒面线

I think stir fried mee sua (wheat vermicelli) has to be the most challenging to cook of all stir fried noodles. Because of the texture of it, you gotta deep fry it before blanching the noodles and lastly stir frying it. Probably that’s the reason why this dish is only available at selected restaurants and I rarely seen anyone wanting to cook this at home too.

Most of us will probably go for the easier hong kong noodles which borne the most alike resemblance to this dish but is much easier to stir up instead. But since I practically enjoy all stir fried noodles, I told myself I ought to give this a shot. Conclusion is that it’s really tedious. I probably took more than an hour to prepare and cook this dish and only 15 minutes to finish it up. Ok, maybe I was taking my time too. But it does take sometime to get the oil to heat up and deep fry the noodles .

And there was a fair deal of cleaning up too. I had to use a wok to do the deep frying, another pot to blanch the noodles and had to quickly wash up the wok so that I could recycle it to stir fry the noodles at the last step.

Ask me if I would cook this again at home ? Hmm, I think I still will but only when the cravings are that strong and when I really have much time to spare. But nevertheless, the noodles taste and texture is something that’s uniquely delicious which it’s totally different from the stir fried Chinese noodles that we always had.

So yes, I would still wish to cook this again, one fine day. So presenting to you my very messy looking plate of yummy mee sua vermicelli noodles that was “painstakingly cooked”. LOL.

16Nov, 2023
Easy Mee Sua (Wheat Vermicelli) Noodles soup 家常米线湯

Now this is a dish that I’ve cooked up pretty often. Kinda reminds me of the times when the old folks at home would prepped this up for anyone on their birthday. Typically served with a red egg (hard boiled egg that’s colored with red shells) in celebration of the occasion. And because wheat vermicelli noodles also have the meaning of longevity in Asian context, so the meaning of the dish becomes even more deeply rooted.

It’s a fairly simple and effortless dish as you can see from the video. The reason why I enjoyed cooking this often is that it requires such a minimal amount of effort that it can be compare relatively to an instant noodles fix. But it’s a whole lot healthier without the MSG and made a complete meal that comprises of noodles, soup, egg, vegetables and a little meat for protein.

Well I guess comforting foods like such play an even more important role during this stay home period as we learn to downsize our appetite and treasure however simple foods we may have in these times where food scarcity seems more surreal than ever.

10Nov, 2023
Stir Fry Mee Sua Noodles with Shrimps

Mee Sua, a kind of rice vermicelli that is often cooked for birthdays and longevity is usually used for soups as the texture of this noodle is such that it will turn mashy if it’s cooked for long. But some people precisely liked it for such mashy-ness as it tends to blend well with the soup and you can eat the noodles even without using chopsticks.

So if you were to churn this into a stir fry, there will be an extra step of deep frying the Mee Sua in hot oil first, then loosen the noodles in boiling water before it can finally be used for stir-frying. As such, there tends to be very limited places that market this dish. But the texture of the noodles itself is very good after stir-frying and the Mee Sua is also very delicious after packing in the flavors from the seasoning.

The usual suspects in stir-fry noodles are often sliced mushrooms, beansprouts and some greens. So I further topped it with some shrimps today to make it more wholesome. As the Mee Sua are usually packed in individual bundles sold in a small pack or box, so it’s very easy to determine how much servings you need and have it cooked accordingly. Especially for someone liked myself who doesn’t have many mouths to feed, so it makes the food proportioning much easier to manage.