Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Anchovies (Ikan Bilis) Fried Mee Hoon

Fried mee hoon - stir and fry up the ingredients for a wholesome meal for the whole family. This ever classic dish is what mum used to make for breakfast before we go to school, also packed in Tupperware  for a meal during recess. Certainly, not that she was depriving us from eating at the canteen, but to save money as life was pretty hard those years. Dad earned so little and she had to cleverly stretch the money to ensure we still ate nutritious and filling simple home cooked meals. I still love this fried mee hoon until today. Its simplicity at the simplest form - mee hoon with ikan bilis, cabbage, eggs and garlic  - said again, wholesome truly nice dish.

1/4 packet (about 200g) mee hoon -blanched to soften
200g/1/2 Chinese cabbage - sliced into medium size pieces
2 tbsp anchovies/ikan bilis - soaked in water and rinsed
2  red chillies - sliced thinly (omit for a non-spicy version or remove the seeds)
6 pips garlic - chopped
2 eggs
2 stalks spring onion - sliced thinly
3 tbsp oil
Salt for taste

When oil is heated, break eggs, scramble, remove and keep aside.
Fry anchovies in the same oil till brown and crunchy.
Remove and keep aside.
(Note: add a bit more oil if needed)
Saute garlic, add mee hoon and stir for a couple of minutes.
Continue frying to soften mee hoon and if needed, sprinkle some water.
Add the rest of the ingredients, including scrambled eggs and fried anchovies.
Season with salt.
Stir together and remove from heat.
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  1. This looks so delicious, love the flavors! :)

  2. yeah, our fave brunch on weekends too. it's easy too cook, but sometimes I;m lazy on weekends, just go out and buy it :D

  3. I can have for lunch today,,,YuM mee hoon,and cabbage always taste good together :)

  4. Mmmmmm...I could eat this for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack! It looks and sounds delicious~

  5. thank you for the comments everyone, I make this sometimes on my lazy days, when not at mark to cook anything elaborated.

  6. very sedap looking. I biasa use udang kering. Next time must try it with bilis

  7. Oh, this looks amazing! I love the scrambled eggs in it! I would eat this any time, day or night!

  8. In the Philippines, we call mee hoon "bihon"...and I sooo love anchovies in it! The flavor it gives the noodles is awesome!

  9. mee hon is glass noodles? we call it bihon in cebu, philippines. :)

  10. It seems like a fav among many and all over the world, just that we add ingredients as per our taste and likings.

  11. I love anchovies. You can also use the same ingredients for fried rice

  12. I love anchovies very much, but never know that, we can prepare so many dishes with it...

  13. Guess what? This is my fave order whenever I visit the Indian stall. I would always ask for Ikan Bilis Beehoon Putih. Yum!

  14. very inviting recipe.... new to me, wanted to try it... I am ur new follower... Do visit mine wen u get time...

  15. I have this kinds in the restaurants... Looking yum yours


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