Mee Siam Recipe

(adapted from this recipe by Fong's Kitchen Journal)


Ingredients


400g thin rice vermicelli

300g prawns 

2 pieces fried bean curd 

4 eggs

4 handfuls of beansprouts 

2 handfuls of chives 

4 tbsp tamarind paste 

4 cloves garlic

3 tbsp oil

2 - 3 cups of water

3 tbsp sugar

Fish sauce to taste


Spice paste:

7 small dried chillies

5 large fresh red chillies 

3 tbsp dried shrimps

1/2 tbsp belachan 

15 small or 5 large purple shallots

5 cloves garlic

2 tbsp soy bean paste


Garnish:

1/3 cup fried shallots

Handful of coriander (chopped)

2 large limes (cut to wedges)



Method


1. To prepare the ingredients: Soak the vermicelli in water until soft. Drain and set aside. De-shell and de-vein the prawns. Cut to 1 inch long and 1/2 cm thick strips. Fry the eggs in 2 batches into a thin omelette and cut to thin strips. Cut the chives to 1 inch strips. Mix the tamarind paste in 1 cup of water. Sieve the liquid and discard the seeds. Mince the garlic.


2. To make the spice paste: Soak the dried chillies in hot water, squeeze out the water and remove the seeds. Halve the red chillies and remove the seeds. Soak the dried shrimps in 1/3 hot water for 5 minutes and retain the liquid. Toast the belachan in an oven for a few minutes until fragrant. Place all the ingredients for the paste in a blender or food processor and blend until it forms a smooth paste.


3. To cook the noodles: Heat up the oil in a wok over high heat. Add the garlic and fry until fragrant. Add in the spice paste and fry the mixture on low - medium heat until it turns dark brown (approx 25 - 30 minutes), stirring occasionally. Stir in the tamarind juice, 2 cups of water, rice vermicelli. Cover the wok and allow to simmer until the vermicelli has soaked up most of the liquid in the wok. Toss the vermicelli with the wok spatula and large chopsticks until the noodles are well combined. Add the sugar and season the vermicelli with fish sauce to taste.


4. Add in the prawns, fried bean curd, bean sprouts, chives and stir fry for a couple of minutes until the prawns are cooked and mixture is well combined. Add a bit more water if the mixture is too dry. Stir in the omelette strips. 


5. To serve, garnish with fried shallots, coriander and wedges of lime on the side.