Monday, February 2, 2015

Mee Siam Kuah/Gravy (Vegetarian)

Its been quite a thing with mum. Back to the medical center, and after undergoing all the necessary medical test, she has been certified as fit perfect. Nevertheless, I am not really sure what's going on with her. Maybe psychological factors or mind over matters, seemingly she has not stopped complaining about how painful her leg is still. Honestly, I am lost. I don't know what to do. Trust me, when you are in this kind of situation, whereby you don't know what else to do and also you are the only who is running up and down caring for your mum, it can get really frustrating. Perhaps its not so bad with holding on to aplenty patience with mum, but when there's no other family members who can find time for such a family scenario,believe me, you want to hit the wall badly. Damn frustrating, mind you. Where is the family, you can't stop questioning. No financial help whatsoever, maybe still okay, but they do have reasons, don't they for throwing the burden on your head? Additionally, who ever said its easy caring for the elderly, let it be your mum or dad? Being not well is one thing, fussing about everything under the sun can really get to your nerves. Frankly speaking, I do, to tell your the truth, let go and give a piece of my mind to my mum. Some days, she just goes overboard, sorry guys, I think its her Indian drama.

So far, I think I am coping, hopefully, I guess then, its me, myself and I, hopefully I don't disappear in thin air due to tremendously amount of mountainous high anxiety and stress. Keeping my fingers crossed she will recover sooner or later, which pretty much for the time being does not leave much time for myself. Its been akin a routine for me for the last three weeks. To the medical center in the morning, a quick lunch outside, back home, shower and a tiny bit of house work, thereafter back to giving her my attention by driving to the medical center again, before I hit the bed feeling extremely worn out.

Anyway, aside to that frustration of mine, I thought it will do a whole lot of good for my mind on the other hand for me to let go of whatever I am feeling right now by writing this piece of sharing. In fact, I actually feel slightly better already. And as usual, after whatever intro I have for you, a recipe must follow. Ramifying my collection of recipes, out came this Mee Siam Kuah/Gravy recipe. Hail it please. A vegetarian version (Tom Yum Soup Vegetarian, Mango Salad Vegetarian, Cauliflower Curry & Gado Gado Vegetarian), believe me. Unsure I am if such a vegetarian (Instant Asam Laksa, Shanghai Noodles Vegetarian & Vegetarian Noodle Soup) Malaysian noodle dish exists, I should be proud if it doesn't because I can grab the crown to Mee Siam Vegetarian (Mee Siam Kuah & Dry Mee Siam). What else should I tell you? Okay, maybe a tiny bit on egg or no egg. Its really up to you. Some vegetarians (Instant Curry Laksa, Thai Papaya Salad, Watermelon Mint Salad & Tomato Vegetable Soup) I know do consume eggs, whereas others, for whatever reason they know best, still believe in the chicken and egg or egg and chicken story (Spaghetti Tom Yam Soup).

For the kuah/gravy
10 dried red chillies (or per taste)
5 shallots
1 tbsp taucheo/fermented soy paste 
5 garlic
1 lemongrass (add if you have, otherwise omit)
**blend/pound/process to a paste

Other Ingredients
Rice noodles or any other - as needed (blanch to soften)
Tofu pok/white soft tofu - cut into pieces
Boiled eggs (omit or add, as you please) 
Bean sprouts - quickly blanch in hot water  
Sawi/Chinese mustard leafy veg - quickly blanch in hot water  
Spring onion - as needed (slice thinly)
Calamansi lime - as needed 
3 tbsp oil
Salt - as needed (use sparingly because taucheo is salty)

In heated oil, fry gravy paste till aromatic and oil splits.
Pour enough water.
Season with salt.
Simmer to a boiling point.
Keep it simmering.
Assemble noodles with tofu, bean sprouts, egg(s) and spring onion.
Pour gravy over and serve with calamansi lime. 
Optional - top with sliced red chillies. 
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  1. I love your presentation! Feeling like digging into it! So sorry to hear about your mom. Sending healing thoughts your mom's way....

  2. Hope your mom gets well soon...recipe looks inviting...

  3. wow yummy
    Hope you will link your recipes to my event

  4. wow...awesome ...excellent preparation Nava..

  5. nice! require quite an amt of effortto cook this!

  6. so happy to see a vegetarian gravy from u
    Keep in touch

  7. hope she feels better, this looks delicious.

  8. I would love to try this as it is so simple & a one pot meal kind of.. Thanx fr sharing
    I hope ur mom gets well soon n ur able to manage everything as well... tk cr :)

  9. Looks so colorful! I'm sure it tastes yum!

  10. It looks so yummy. Lovely presentation. It is irresistible :)

  11. This dish is colorful, I have never had most of your dishes and it is quit hard to find the ingredients here.

  12. Wow the noodles look yummmm.
    Hope ur mom feels better soon.

  13. Simply damn delicious!!!
    the photograph is stunning....

  14. Beautiful pic and style of presentation...... Mouthwatering recipe....Love it have it....

  15. The gravy looks delicious and sending best wishes to your mother! Hope she gets well soon...

  16. looks delicious.I've tried Mee Siam before from an eating place and loved the taste.
    Hope your mom will get better soon!

  17. That must have tasted delicious!!! Looks so colourful!

  18. The colours in this are amazing, so vibrant. It sounds like the perfect dish for a cold day!

  19. Name is new to me but the colourful presentation of the veggies is very tempting:)...Hope your gets well soon:)

  20. Oh I just love it!!
    Love the recipe, colours and presentation!!
    Hope your mom gets well soon!!

  21. Dish looks colourful & yummy...Hope ur mom gets well soon...

  22. Hope your mum feels better soon. You are a brave lady. Lovely recipe and i can try it as it is vegetarian :)

  23. oh i was thinking its the dry type . have not tasted this type maybe will try make this

  24. So sorry to learn about your mom, dear. Please take good care of yourself too as this may be a long & winding road. Nice presentation of food!

  25. Hope your mum recovers soon my friend!
    Your dish looks delicious, use it and keep up your strength!

    Choc Chip Uru

  26. Its a new dish to me, sounds interesting, presentation is superb

  27. Hi Nava, wishing your mum speedy recovery and you too, take care. This is a must-try Mee Siam Kuah. Awesome :)

  28. This dish looks delicious, I'm a big fan of Malaysian food and this one makes me drool!

  29. Look spicy and delicious.

  30. Looks so tempting and very delicious


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