Friday, January 18, 2013

Curry Leaves Fried Mee Hoon

For me, curry leaf is sort of a magical ingredient for its lovely aroma. So so wonderful. Essentially a must for Indian savoury dishes. Perhaps you shouldn't limit the leaves for curries or stir fried veggies only for it's possible to make other dishes as well (kam heong prawns, curry leaves baked chicken, curry leaves grilled fish and curry leaves grilled salmon). While the leaves are not really expensive, certainly it's nice to grow them. But not much of a success on my ground. Yet I've not given up. Lately the small plant is striving and I'm keeping my fingers so close to my heart that it will strive more bushy. For the time being I'm still buying a small bunch/packet. 

The leaves stays fresh when stored in a container and kept in the fridge. Can take you through for a week or so. After that, they turn brownish-black. Leaving not much of a choice but to throw. At the rate I cook, usually I use up all even for fried noodles like this one with mee hoon, ikan bilis/anchovies, carrot and red chillies.  

2 slabs of mee hoon - soaked to soften
1/2 carrot - cut into thin long stripes
3-4 dried red chillies - cut into tiny pieces
3 tbsp anchovies/ikan bilis - soaked and cut into tiny pieces (for a vegetarian version or use the mock type made with mushrooms) 
5 garlic - chopped
3-4 sprigs curry leaves - shredded
Oil as needed
Salt for taste

Heat enough oil and when heated fry anchovies till crispy and brown.
Remove and keep aside.
Leave about 3 tbsp of oil in the same wok.
Add chillies, garlic and curry leaves.
Sauté for 1-2mins.
Add mee hoon and stir all in.
If needed, sprinkle some water while stirring to further soften  mee hoon.
Add in fried anchovies and carrot. 
Season with salt. 
Stir again a couple of times before removing from heat.
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  1. wow!I must be tasty with the aroma from the curry leaves.

  2. Love the use of curry leaves here! They would certainly add a little attitude to fried mee-hoon. Yum.

  3. Curry leaves in bee hoon? U r seriously tempting me, Nava!

  4. I have never thought of adding curry leaves into bee hoon! What a good idea! Thanks!

  5. Mmm...I can imagine the fragrant of the curry leaf

  6. Amazing how something so easily done can be one of our favourite dishes! I've never used curry leaves for beehoon before, will try it.

  7. What a delicious twist on noodles my friend :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  8. A light and aromatic offering, definitely worth a try

  9. Looks great, though mee hoon is new to me :)

  10. very interesting! Looks beautiful and delicious :-)


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