Sunday, December 19, 2010

Penang Curry Mee


Nope. I am not done yet with Penang and noodles Penang Mee Yoke and Penang Assam Laksa). What else should be the noodle dish from Penang (Malaysian Fried Mee)? We should accept this Curry Mee as the other (Home Made Curry Mee). The start to making Penang Curry Mee? The curry. Curry and none more. Curry being the pre-requisite for, say all you want, curry must be right. Otherwise, it defeats the whole purpose of us delightfully tucking into a bowl of Penang Curry Mee. However, my recipe is unique. Why? It is one of those which will suit the vegetarians as well. Curry scented by lemongrass and curry leaves, and made from curry powder and coconut milk without chicken.Yep. You read it right. Instead, chicken fried separately, which means curry is the vegetarian version and once we assemble curry alongside noodles and garnished by mint leaves, we add fried chicken atop and inside. Quite an invention right? Of course. Penang Curry Mee. My proud house Penang Curry Mee.

Ingredients:
For chicken
7-8 bite size chicken pieces
1/2 tbsp turmeric/kunyit powder.
1/2 tsp crushed black pepper
Oil - as needed
Salt for taste

For curry
2 tbsp meat curry powder (mix with some water for a thick paste)
3 medium size potatoes - cut into medium size pieces
1 large red onion (slice)
4 garlic (slice)
1 serai/lemon grass (smash)
Spices  - 1 cinnamon, 3 cloves and and 1 star anise)
1 cup thick coconut milk
1 1/2 cups water
2 sprigs curry leaves
4 tbsp oil
Salt for taste

Other ingredients
Yellow noodles (as needed) - blanched to soften
2-3 birds eye chillies (optional) - slice 
Mint leaves

Method
For chicken
Mix chicken with the  listed ingredients.
Deep fry, remove and keep aside.

For curry
Saute onion, garlic, spices and lemon grass.
Add curry paste.
Stir and cook till aromatic and oil splits.
Add curry leaves, 1 1/2 cups of water and potatoes.
Cook till potatoes are tender and soft.
By now, curry should be heated through.
Pour in coconut milk and season with salt.
Simmer to a boiling point.
Assemble noodles, fried chicken, mint leaves and chillies.
Pour curry/gravy over.


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