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Mee Goreng Mamak

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Mee Goreng Mamak

Rice & Noodles
Category
Rice & Noodles

Easy
Difficulty
Easy

Total Time
Total Time
Prep 20 M / Cook 08 M

Servings
Yield
4 Servings

Grace Teo
Grace Teo   thegraceteo
Published on September 24, 2018

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Ingredients

50 g
peanuts
15 g
chilli peppers (dried)  
10 g
shrimps (dried)
5.5 tbsp
oil
10 g
chana dhal  
0.5 tbsp
tamarind paste
750 ml
water
250 g
potatoes
2
red onion(s)  
4
garlic clove(s)
30 g
white cabbage
30 g
choi sam/chinese flowering cabbage
1
tofu (firm and deep fried)
1 tbsp
dark soy sauce
6
prawn fritters
4
yellow noodles  
1
egg(s)

Background

Mee goreng mamak is a fried noodles dish which is commonly found in mamak eateries throughout Malaysia and Singapore. One of the most popular cities in Malaysia that serves mee goreng mamak is Penang. This noodles are popularly known for its sweet and spicy flavours with some nutty taste to it. Although this may not be a simple and quick mee goreng recipe, rest assured that it is an authentic version.

Mee goreng mamak paste

The paste used in mee goreng mamak is no more than a combination of several ingredients. It has a blend of dried chilies, shallots, dried prawns, dhal and also peanuts. Dhal, a common ingredient in Indian kitchens is a term used for dried split legumes. Adding it to the paste gives the noodles the mild grainy texture for which mee goreng mamak is known.

Storing mee goreng mamak paste

The ready paste can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. For longer storage, freeze 1.5 tablespoonfuls of paste in silicone tray moulds individually. Once frozen, transfer them into an air-tight container or zip lock bag for storage up to 3 months. Please note that the paste has to be kept frozen.

Prawn fritters

Besides the paste, prawn fritters are the other ingredient that makes mee goreng mamak different from the rest of the fried noodles available. Cucur udang as it is known in the Malay language, adds some crispiness to the noodles. Biting into the spongy and soft insides of the prawn fritters makes the noodle dish so much more interesting.

Substitute for yellow noodles

Mee goreng mamak uses soft medium sized egg noodles. The noodles do not have the al-dente texture that is more known in western noodle dishes. In Malaysia and Singapore, fresh yellow noodles are sold either in loose form or in a package at the wet markets. In Asian grocers, yellow noodles available are usually dried and marketed as egg noodles or 'chow mien' noodles. Otherwise, substitute with spaghetti. Just soften it before frying.

Steps

Fry ingredients for use as paste

Step 1/7

Fry ingredients for use as paste

Heat oil in a pan at medium heat. Then, add peanuts, dried chilies, dried shrimps and dhal. Fry the aromatics until fragrant. Remove from pan and leave aside.

Blend and cook aromatics to create paste

Step 2/7

Blend and cook aromatics to create paste
  • 0.5 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 200 ml water

Blend fried ingredients with tamarind paste and water until fine. Then, sauté the blended ingredients in oil heated over low heat. Continue cooking until the oil separates from the paste and turns a darker shade.

Boil potatoes

Step 3/7

Boil potatoes
  • 250 g potatoes
  • 400 ml water

Skin and cut potatoes into small chunks and boil them in a pot of water until knife-tender. Once ready, remove them from the pot and leave aside.

Prepare ingredients needed for noodles

Step 4/7

Prepare ingredients needed for noodles
  • 2 red onion(s)  
  • 4 garlic clove(s)
  • 30 g white cabbage
  • 30 g choi sam/chinese flowering cabbage
  • 1 tofu (firm and deep fried)
  • 150 ml water
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 6 prawn fritters
  • 4 yellow noodles  

Slice onion and fried tofu, mince garlic, cut some cabbage and Chinese flowering cabbage (choi sam). Prepare prawn fritters and cut them. Boil noodles to soften them if bought dried. Also mix black soy sauce with water.

Sauté aromatics

Step 5/7

Sauté aromatics
  • 1.5 tbsp oil

To fry one portion of mee goreng mamak, heat oil and add 1/4 of the following ingredients in this order: garlic, onion, paste. Sauté until fragrant. Optionally, add prawns.

Add the rest of ingredients to wok

Step 6/7

Add the rest of ingredients to wok

Add in 1/4 amount of tofu, boiled potatoes, cabbage, Chinese flowering cabbage and prawn fritters. Sauté for another 30 seconds.

Stir-fry noodles

Step 7/7

Stir-fry noodles
  • 1 egg(s)

Add noodles to the wok. Add 3 tablespoons of dark soy sauce mixture. Mix evenly for the next 1 minute. Then, move the noodles to the side of the wok. Stir in an egg. Garnish with a slice of lime and slices of green chilies. To cook another plate of noodles, repeat from step 5 onwards.

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