Mee Hoon Kueh/hand pulled noodles

Mee hoon kueh or hand pulled noodles , is a hokkien dish but not a famous one among non Chinese. A flour dough is prepared and then it is pulled with hand and thrown into hot boiling water. . Usually a bowl of the noodles is made and served with a broth made from anchovies, or ikan bilis. These noodles are said to have originated from the pinched variety or mee hoon kueh, whereby the dough is pulled and torn and cooked in boiling water. This manual pulling of the dough gives the kueh a distinct frilly edge. Once it is cooked, the kuehs are silky smooth with a slight al dente bite. However, one need not go into all these process as it is easily available in the cold section in supermarkets.There is the 'Taiwan mee hoon kuay' (image at the bottom of the page) that you can buy and use instead of making the noodle ! The broth gets a sweet taste, from a generous sprinkling of deep fried ikan bilis/anchovies and shallot crisps. It is usually topped with  preserved vegetables or leafy greens and minced meat. 

250g all purpose flour
150ml -170ml water
1 egg (lightly beaten)use  half only
1tsp salt

1. Mix flour, egg and salt in a large mixing bowl.
2. Slowly add in water and knead till soft dough, take about 5mins.
3. Shape the dough into ball, keep aside and cover with cling film  and  rest for 1 hour or more.
Ikan Bilis (Anchovy) Soup Base

100g ikan bilis (anchovy), washed and cleaned
1 anchovy stock cube
2 litre water
½ tsp light soy sauce
Salt to taste

1. Boil anchovy in water for 45mins, tasted with soy sauce and salt, set aside.


200g fresh shrimps, stir fried with chopped 2 small garlic,

200g minced chicken, and marinate with sesame oil, pepper and tapioca flour

some sweet leaves/cekur manis/Sauropus androgynus

some fish balls (optional)
For garnishing

100g ikan bilis (anchovy), fried till golden brown and crispy

4 tbsp shallot crisp

4 tbsp chopped spring onions
Side sauce
2 green chillies, sliced thinly
4 bird eye chillies,sliced thinly
1 red chilli ,sliced thinly
¼  cup light soy sauce

To cook a bowl per person:-
1. Pour a small bowl of soup base into a cooking pot.
2. Once soup is boiled, tear the dough ball into small and thin pieces and drop it into the boiling soup.
3. Repeat until the dough is completed.
4. Add in meat, shrimps, and vegetables/sweet leaves.
5. Cook for 1min and serve in serving bowl.
6. Garnish with fried anchovies and fried shallots.

7. Serve hot and dip with chillies soy sauce for extra spicy flavours

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  1. Very delicious and filling bowl of noodles..interesting.

  2. This looks so very good! Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." Hope you can join us again this week.


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