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Gina
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:31 am    Post subject: Mee Siam(rec n pic) Reply with quote

This recipe was something my mom learnt from CC donkey years ago from an Indonesian lady. Her version was to add coconut milk to the mee siam gravy. For years, we grew up getting used to this version and found the standard ones sold at hawker stalls a bit too bland to our taste.

Here's the recipe.



serves 6 persons
Ingredients:
400g mee siam paste
50g chives, chopped
100g soya beans
4 hard boiled eggs
6 pcs of small tau pok/dried bean curd, diced
150ml tamarind juice (2 tbsp tamarind pulp mixed with 100ml water)
7 tbsp sugar (more or less according to your taste)
100g bean sprouts
4 small limes
500ml coconut milk(or Evaporated Milk)
1000ml water*(or a good prawn stock)
1 packet of rice vermicelli(bee hoon), soaked to soften

Mee Siam paste:
10 cloves garlic
20 pcs of shallots(small red onions)
150g dried chillies (soaked to soften)
50g belacan/dried prawn paste (toasted and pounded)
120g dried shrimps (soak in water, soften)

600ml corn oil

Method for Paste
1. Put all the ingredients except the oil into a blender and blend into a fine paste.
2. Heat up the wok and add oil. Add the blended paste to fry over low heat till it is fragrant. Leave it aside till its cooled.
3. The paste should look very oily.
4. Note that though there is a lot of oil remaining, do not throw away this oil. As it is fragrant and to be used for frying the mee siam noodles.

Method for the rest
1. In the wok, add 200g of oily mee siam paste to heat. Add softened rice vermicelli(bee hoon) and stir fry till its dry and cooked.
2. Add bean sprouts to fry. Remove and set aside.
3. In a large pot, put water(or stock), remaining portion of mee siam paste to boil.
4. Once it starts boiling, add coconut milk, tamarind juice, soya beans and sugar. Turn heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes.
5. To serve, add hot gravy on fried rice vermicelli and garnish with egg, fried bean curd, chives and freshly squeezed lime juice.


Notes about the Paste
1. If you want the paste to be less spicy, use half of Dried Chilli and half of fresh red chilli. Remember to de-seed it before blending. Its the seeds that makes the paste extremely spicy.

2. Best to make this paste ahead of time. And you can store this in the fridge(after its cooked) for 4 weeks if you keep it in the coldest part of the fridge.

3. If you want to store it longer, put it in the freezer.

4. My best way was always to make lots of paste, divide it into half. One half for frying the noodles, one half for making the stock.

I usually make a good stock out of Prawns heads. So this mee siam I cook for family is full of flavour.
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi Gina, thinking of preparing this this week. Need to clarify, 'Soy Bean' in this does you mean the preserved soy bean, sold in glass bottle?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice!! Made it last night for dinner. Too bad I can't find any limes, else it would be perfect! yummy yummy

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi cookie monster,

do you put coconut milk in your gravy too?

Really want to try this! grin
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dewitan sorry for late reply, I didn't as I can't find any coconut milk at that time. But it still tasted very nice!! Very homely island yummy
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the response cookie monster! So, you just replace with extra 350 ml of water, I assume? island
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yep!! love u
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gina, thanks for posting this....I had wondered if the family will like this type of noodle and saw many versions but this seems simple enough and yet sounds yummy! Will try this soon!
Cookiemonster, thanks for your pix and comments....so, did you use the soya beans in a jar? Not sure if I can find this here in the US...do you have a pix of the jar/brand?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 2:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

asan I got mine in the big supermarket at Chinatown. From Yeo's.

Looks like this:

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

okay, thank you so much, cookiemonster!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi all

please review the recipe again..I have change the coconut milk to Evaporated milk to make it more healthy. Of late, I have stop using coconut milk in my mee siam cooking. Taste is just as good and no one noticed that I substituted the milk grin yummy
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually mee siam is original cook without Coconut..but if you can add Buah Keras I think it is call candlenut it is nicer taste... Usually if Mee siam add a Coconut is always Indian types...Smile love
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lazymine

I know. But this particular mee siam was an improvised version which the Indonesian lady taught in Community centre in the mid 1970s. I grew up eating this which my mom cooked.

I don't like the local ones which is too sour, watery.
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