Monday, July 16, 2012

Vegetarian Fried Mee Hoon (Chinese Style)

Being born as a vegetarian (Stir Fried Cumin, Spinach & Tofu & Fried Mushroom Rolls) is one thing, choosing to be a vegetarian (Hot Masala Lentil Soup & Eggplant In Spicy Sauce) is the other whereas people like me balance between vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. I doubt if I can totally give up eating meat (Lemongrass Chicken Kebab, Lamb Kofta Curry, Sotong Petai Sambal, Thai Salmon Noodle SoupHokkien Mee) because there is such a thing as abstaining from meat once or twice in a week (Vegetable Green Curry, Corn Soup, Cauliflower Coriander Curry & Cucumber Yogurt Salad). That is the way to our diet. Basically, we eat what I like instead of trying to keep up with people who preach about vegetarianism (Dhal Bitter Gourd Curry & Yogurt Rasam). I don't want to waste my time trying to figure out whether vegetarians live longer or not. For them to know, not for me to find out though.

Having said that, today, I am back with a vegetarian noodle dish (Mee Rebus Vegetarian) regardless if it is gonna please the vegetarians or non-vegetarians, also, which is different compared to the previous one (vegetarian mee hoon). Mee Hoon fried alongside fermented black bean paste, Chinese mushrooms and of course chilies sort of a must, it is a vibrantly attractive and tasty dish you can make for breakfast, brunch or even for dinner.

150g (2 slabs) mee hoon - soak in water to soften.
4 shiitake (Chinese black) mushroom - soak in hot water to soften and slice into long pieces.
1/2 (about 250g) cabbage - shred/slice
7 garlic - chopped
2 tbsp fermented black bean paste (tauchu)
1 tbsp blended/grounded dried red chilies
2 stalks spring onion - cut into 1 inch length
4-5 tbsp oil
Salt for taste

Heat oil in a large wok and when heated, add garlic and blended/grounded chilies.
Fry until oil splits.
Add fermented bean paste/taucu and mushroom.
Stir, add mee hoon and season with salt (use sparingly as bean paste is already salty)
Fry and stir to combine all ingredients together.
(Note - sprinkle some water if needed to soften mee hoon)
Off the heat and stir in cabbage and spring onion.
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  1. Not bad.. I like to eat fried bihun compare to mee

  2. Wow, what an adventure! Guess I enjoy eating meat too much to make that big sacrifice. Glad that u're back to normal food so I can see your "meaty" recipes :)

  3. It's a big decision to become a vegetarian.

    usually I add shredded carrot to trick the boy into eating carrot

  4. Wow!How nice if everyone can be like you,so easy to decide.
    The world will be a better place to stay
    if people can improve overnight.

  5. I am also not a big meat eater but I cannot imagine myself becoming a vegetarian. It needs a strong will to do that.

    Even though this vegetarian recipe looks wonderful but I would love to see your seafood recipes.

  6. Looks delicious , love any stir fried noodles. I am vegetarian and now takes eggs. But my hubby eats everything, so I cook for him.

  7. I try to balance vegetarian meals and meat,I probably have meat for dinner at least 2-4 times a month,and more seafood and vegetables :) By the way that Mee-hoon looks so mouth watering,my kind of foods,I don't have tauco for long time,great reciep,Nava !!

  8. Good on you for being so strong my friend :)
    This dish looks perfect for any vegetarian meal!

    Choc Chip Uru

  9. wow, you can even cook vegetarian dish!

  10. hi nava, i am not good in making noodles like the fried type.
    half will get stuck to the work and get burnt or the strands will break up tiny ugly pieces . ha ha . your looks great.
    will send you an email by tonight latest. have a nice day

  11. I love noodles whether fried or in looks deliciously great Ms.Nava..visiting you ;)

  12. Looks delicious, I always have a soft spot for mee hoon! :)

  13. This looks spectacular! I think you are right, you have to find the right balance in your diet. I was a vegetarian for several years and actually gained weight! What made me go back to eating meat was that I needed more iron.

  14. WHat a perfect meal for when I only have a bit of time. I know hubby will love it too.

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  16. Have never tasted this before ..But i so like the texture of the dish :)

  17. This is a total yum thing specially favourite with my family...


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