Friday, May 11, 2012

Mee Rebus (Vegetarian)

Similar to Assam Laksa and Yong Tau Foo, mee rebus is another popular Malaysian local fare. Unlike the previous mee rebus made with dried prawns and prawn stock, this one truly the vegetarian version. Having said that, I've concluded that the best mee rebus is from the road side Indian Muslim mobile vendors. They sure know the secret to attract anyone and everyone with the deliciousness of the thick gravy and assembled with yellow noodles, boiled eggs, green chillies, fried shallots and other bitsy stuffs. But their recipes handed down to the next and next generations are like the classified "FBI files". Try asking and you will be lucky if they actually tell you the whole story. I tried and I felt as though my head was knocked against the wall. Didn't and doesn't matter. I still made my version with the fried fritters and sort of the same garnishing/topping.    

For curry gravy
To be blended/grounded
10-15 dried red chillies (soaked in water to soften)
1 inch galangal/lengkuas
1/2 fresh turmeric/kunyit
5 shallots
5 garlic

Yellow noodles - as needed
400g yellow sweet potatoes ( boiled till tender, remove skin and mashed)
4 tbsp oil
Lime juice  - as needed

For garnishing (as needed)
Boiled eggs (cut into 2 pieces) - optional
Spring onions - sliced thinly
Green chillies - sliced thinly
Fried shallots
Bean sprouts - blanched in hot water;  a couple of minutes

For fried crispy fritters
1/2 cup plain flour
1/4 cup rice flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
Water, salt and pepper   as needed
Oil for frying

For curry gravy
In heated oil, fry blended/grounded ingredients until aromatic and oil splits.
Pour 1/2 liter of water and simmer
When heated through, add mashed sweet potatoes.
Stir to combine in.
(Note: Add more water if gravy is too thick or if your prefer to dilute it)
Off heat and warm up before drenching over assembled ingredients.

For fried crispy fritters
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Add enough water and mix for a thick runny batter.
When oil is heated, spoon batter and fry by gently spreading in oil.
Remove and keep aside.
Cool down; slice into pieces or gently crushed.
To serve
Add noodles into a serving bowl and pour the gravy on top.
Drizzle lime juice over or serve the lime with the mee rebus.
Top up with fried fritters and garnishing ingredients.
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  1. Your vegetarian dishes always make my mouth water! :D

  2. I seriously think that I could spend a month eating all the wonderful food from street vendors in your country. This does look like a tasty one-fritters, noodles and rich gravy-yum! You are eating quite well at your place-have a great weekend!

  3. I have no idea what mee rebus is made out of.... of coz until i read this post. =)

  4. Nava, I did not get any updates from you on my dashboard. I thought you were on a holiday but when I saw this recipe on Google I realize something is wrong.
    Anyways,I like the addition of crispy fritters in this dish.

  5. I love mee rebus a lot...
    Last time there is a stall in Jalan hang tuah tat serve a good mee rebus..
    But now no more.....
    Any goood place tat u know?

  6. Mee rebus is one of my favorite food ever,,,some time if I really hungry and don't have time,just fix Indonesian instant noodles mixed with vegetable so simple and take no time,,,But This mee rebus Version,,WOW,,,even better and more tasty and flavorful,,,and the fritters looks perfectly crunchy which I like :)


  7. Oooh these are delicious!!I love the spicy flahors going into this dish and imagine the yummy taste in every bite!!Totally my kind of food :)

  8. i love the fried fritters everytime i have mee rebus. especially when it is dipped into the sauce. yummy!

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  9. This is a very appetizing vegetarian dish, Nava!
    Happy Mother's Day to you!

  10. Wow Nava! This looks like such a soul satisfying dish! Any dish with noodles AND sweet potatoes with alright by me! Really beautiful! : )

  11. tempting nava!! love it.. curry and vege!!

    anyway happy mothers day to you nava :)

  12. hi nava, delicious looking mee rebus.. i also like with fresh prawns added and chicken stock. love lots of that green chili too.
    your crispy garnishing looks yummy, must learn this. have a nice day

  13. irresistable n so tempting..very well done
    Tasty Appetite

  14. That's a good dish there. Vegetarian or not, I love a good hearty bowl of mee rebus. Can I get an invitation the next time you cook it? Hehehe.

  15. Oooh! Love the fritters. This is a spectacular dish and your photos are brilliant :)

  16. Delicious fritters, curry looks delicious with chili on the top.

  17. This looks mouth watering and photos are too good.

  18. This is something new to me. Looks spicy and mouth watering

  19. Wow Wow... Something new and thanks from a vegetarian :)

  20. What a lovely color and flavorful recipe :-) Mouth watering!


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