Mee Siam

Mee Siam is a familiar local dish that many of us grew up eating. This recipe brings across the flavours of our locally farmed fresh ingredients of fresh prawns, crunchy bean sprouts and hard boiled eggs, which goes perfectly with the tangy gravy and calamansi on the side.

If you are looking for fresh ingredients for your next meals, get yours from local farms. You can identify them by the “SG Fresh Produce” logo at supermarkets and online. Here’s to supporting our local farmers!

For more info on local produce, visit www.sfa.gov.sg/fromsgtosg

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Ingredients

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250g rice vermicelli
1cup water
500g locally farmed prawns (shell and heads set aside)
100g locally farmed bean sprouts
1deep-fried Tau Kwa (cut into small cubes)
2Tau Pok (cut into small cubes)
4stalks chives (cut into 3cm long)
4hard boiled locally farmed eggs
8 calamansi
Rempah (spice paste):
¼cup oil
100g shallots
8cloves garlic
1stalk lemongrass (just the white portion)
15g belacan (toasted)
80g dry shrimps (soaked in water)
100g dried chilli paste
100g fresh chilli paste
Stock
2tbsp oil
Prawn heads and shells
2litres ikan bilis stock
2tbsp Tau Cheo
¼cup assam paste (1 tbsp assam pulp to 80ml water)
2tbsp sugar (adjust to taste)

Directions

1.

Blend rempah ingredients into a smooth paste in a food processor.
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2.

Fry the rempah paste in a pan until fragrant and the colour starts to darken. Set aside.
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3.

In a stock pot, add oil and stir fry prawns heads and shells until fragrant. Add ⅔ of the rempah followed by 2 litres of ikan bilis stock.
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4.

Add Tau Cheo and assam paste and season with sugar to taste. Bring to boil and let it simmer for 20 minutes.
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5.

Blanch rice vermicelli for 1-2 minutes. Drain and set aside.
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6.

Remove prawn shells from stock and blanch prawns in stock for 2-3 minutes until cooked. Drain and set aside.
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7.

In a pan, add the remaining rempah with 1 cup of water and mix well. Next, add in soaked rice vermicelli and stir fry until it's well coated with the rempah.
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8.

Add rempah spiced rice vermicelli in a bowl along with some blanched bean sprouts.
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9.

Scoop one to two cups of Mee Siam stock.
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10.

Add toppings of deep-fried Tau Kwa and Tau Pok cubes, followed by blanch prawns and boiled egg.
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11.

Serve with chopped chives and calamansi on the side.
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