Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mee Rebus

The gravy should be a little more...
This mouth watering mee rebus ( it literally means " boiled noodles") is a popular dish among Malaysians and Singaporeans. Its a noodle dish served in a thick sweet potato gravy. Garnished with bean sprouts, prawn fritters, fried tofu, boiled egg and not forgetting the lime and green chili. I have also added some cooked chicken.

Ingredients for Gravy

4 shallots
3 cloves garlic
1” ginger
4 tbsp dried shrimps – soak in water for 15 minutes
6 red chilies – remove seeds
2 stalk lemon grass – remove the outer layers and cut small

Blend all the above into a smooth paste.

Note :  If you prefer, you could also use readymade curry paste and add in the mashed sweet potato.
2 medium size sweet potatoes – steamed and mashed
2 tbsp curry powder
1 tbsp fermented soy bean paste (tau cheong)
1 tsp sugar
Salt to taste
5-6 cups chicken or beef stock

Note :   The gravy is per individual preference.  You can make it spicier or sweeter. Thick or thinner. Just do what your taste bud needs.
Fermented / preserved beans
1. Combined the curry powder, bean paste into the blended ingredients. Mix well. Heat up a stock-pot, put about 3 tbsp of oil and add in the blended spices. Sauté the spices for 5 minutes or until dry and fragrant.
2. Add in stock and mashed sweet potatoes. Stir well and bring it up to a boil. Turn down the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Add in sugar and salt. The thickness of the gravy is depending on individual preference. You can add some water to make it lighter.

Ingredients for garnishing

500 gram yellow noodles – blanched in hot water for a few minutes
A handful of bean sprouts – blanched in boiling water for a few seconds
5-6 pieces prawn fritters – cut into halves
2 pieces fried tofu – cut into cubes
3 hard boiled eggs, cut in half
2 green chilies – sliced
Some fried shallots

To serve

Put the some noodles and bean sprouts in the serving plate or bowl. Pour enough gravy over it and top it with the garnishes.


  1. Probably one of the best mee rebus I had for a long time, thank you. I prefer the gravy slightly thick lagi cantik!

  2. More mee rebus please, it was super!