I cook noodles more often during the month of Ramadhan. This is on top rice & the accompanying dishes, normally two types. My husband has to have rice everyday. But my kids get quite sick of rice all the time. And since my whole family eats at home for iftar (breaking of fast) almost everyday, the spread on the dining table tend to be wider during the fasting month. There are also the drinks (hot & cold) & at least one type of Malay kuih.
I suspect this is a typical dining setting for many Muslim homes, judging from conversations I had with family & friends. Also, if you are in Singapore & Malaysia, you will notice the hives of activity at the food bazaars in the void decks or along the road. Well, since we can't eat or drink for more than 13 hours in this hot & humid whether, food & drink are always on our mind.
I fried Hokkien mee a few days ago. It's quite a simple dish to prepare but very delicious. My noodle turned out quite dry & hard... I think I did not add enough water..
Fried Hokkien Mee, KL Style
Recipe by Betty Yew from Rasa Malaysia, the complete Malaysian cookbook.
150g small prawns
5 small cuttlefish, cut into rigns
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp oil
3 shallots, sliced
120g chicken fat, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 slices fish cake
3-4 stalks mustard green, cut into 5cm lengths
450g fresh yellow noodles
2 cups water
1 tbsp dark thick soy sauce
1/2 tsp msg (I didn't use.)
a few leaves lettuce, cut into strips (I didn't use.)
- Season prawns & cuttlefish with sesame oil, pepper & light soy sauce. Leave aside.
- Heat oil in a kuali & brown shallot. Remove & put aside. Reheat kuali & chicken fat. Fry until crisp. Remove fat crisps with a perforated ladle. Leave oil behind.
- When kauli is smoking hot, add minced garlic, seasoned prawns, cuttlefish & fish cake slices. Add mustard greens, stir-fry for a few seconds. Put in noodles & fry for 2 minutes.
- Add water, dark thick soy sauce & msg. Stir to combie sauce & cover kuali for 1 minute. Remove cover & add shallot crisps & fat crisps.
- Serve hot, sprinkled with lettuce strips & accompanied with a smal dish of Sambal Belacan.
(5 x 5 x 1/2) cm dried shrimp paste (belacan)
8 red chillies
3 small limes
- Roast dried shrimp paste in a clean pan over low heat till fragrant &, while hot, pound with red chillies until smooth.
- Put into a small dish & squeeze in lime juice.
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