Taiwanese Oyster Mee Sua – 台湾蚵仔面线

The Taiwanese came up with the idea of adding oysters and braised pig intestines to this simple dish which made it wildly popular.

Mee-sua is made of wheat flour. During the cooking process, starch is released into the soup which acts as a thickening agent. Our version of the stock is made with bonito flakes, dried cuttle fish and chicken stock, which makes it so tasty!

The smooth texture, coupled with juicy oysters is so simple yet irresistible. Best way to enjoy this dish is to send it slurping into your mouth! For those who love vinegar, this goes really well with black vinegar!

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  • Servings: 8

  • Time: 1 hr 15 mins

  • Skill: Intermediate

Ingredients

  1. 300g oyster meat fresh / frozen

  2. 130g mee sua (chinese wheat flour noodle)

  3. 2 tbsp sweet potato starch

  4. ⅓ cup fried shallots

  5. 1 tsp dark soy sauce

  6. 4 tbsp cornstarch mix with ½ cup water (adjust to desired consistency)

  7. Fresh coriander

  8. Black vinegar

  9. Stock:

  10. 1 dried cuttlefish

  11. 1.5 L water

  12. 1.5 L chicken stock

  13. 20g sliced ginger

  14. 8 cloves garlic skin on

  15. 50g dried shaved bonito

  16. 1 tbsp ground white peppercorn coriander mixture

  17. 1 tbsp rice wine

  18. 1 tbsp light soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Soak 1 dried cuttlefish in hot water for 15 mins

  2. Add to pot 1.5 L water, 1.5 L chicken stock, soaked cuttlefish, 20g sliced ginger and 8 cloves garlic skin on

  3. Let it simmer for 30 minutes, turn heat off

  4. Wash and drain 300g oyster meat, add 2 tbsp sweet potato starch and coat oysters

  5. Blanch oysters for 15-30 seconds depending on size, strain and pop in cold water

  6. Once the oysters cool down and stop cooking, drain and set aside

  7. Add 50g dried shaved bonito and 1 tbsp ground white peppercorn coriander mixture

  8. Let it sit for 5 minutes, drain stock through a cheesecloth

  9. Turn heat back on, add 1 tbsp rice wine and 1 tbsp light soy sauce

  10. Add to soup stock ⅓ cup fried shallots and 1 tsp dark soy sauce

  11. Add 130g mee sua to soup stock, cook until softened

  12. Thicken soup with corn starch solution (4 tbsp cornstarch mix with ½ cup water), adjust amount to desired consistency.

  13. Serve mee sua soup, with blanched oysters, black vinegar and fresh coriander