Mei Fun Recipe, also known as Mai Fun is gaining prominence as one of the Chinese recipes. The interesting thing is that its full name is Singapore Mei Fun, and yes, it is not a native Chinese dish. But Neither is it from Singapore. Interesting, right? Probably part of the reason for the mix up of its country of origin is because some of the fundamental ingredients used in preparing the dish, especially curry powder, has its origin in India.
Worth noting is the fact that the use of curry powder is increasing gradually, and therefore, you should not be surprised seeing it in some of the modern recipes. Anyway, back to the dish of the day, mei fun recipe.
- 150 grams dried rice noodles
- 10 whole shrimps, peeled
- 3 eggs, whole
- 1 cup finely chopped Napa cabbage
- ½ cup carrots, finely chopped
- ½ cup onions, shredded
- 1 fresh green pepper (You can substitute with ½ green pepper and ½ red pepper)
- 1 scallion, chopped into 2-inch slices
- 1/3 cup Chinese Char Siu, sausage or bacon, finely sliced
- 1 ½ tablespoon vegetable oil
- ½ tablespoon curry powder, golden
Ingredients For Stir Fry Sauce
- 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
- ½ tablespoon soy sauce, light
- ½ tablespoon dark soy sauce
- ½ tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- Pre-soak the rice noodles until they are soft before draining the excess water. That should take a maximum of 30 minutes.
- Add ½ tablespoon of cooking oil, preferable virgin oil cooking oil to a pan set over a stove with medium heat settings. Beat the eggs and add them to the pan, to make an omelet.
- Allow the omelet to cool before shredding them to thin slices.
- Dice and chop the other ingredients accordingly and mix with stir-fry sauce in a bowl.
- To a wok set over a stove, with medium settings, add two tablespoons of cooking oil in the pan, and allow it to heat. Once it has become hot enough, add the shrimp and Char Siu meat, or ham, or sausage, depending on the substitute you are using in this recipe. Allow the contents to fry for about 10 seconds until they fragrance.
- Add other side ingredients prepared such as carrots, onions, cabbage, green and red pepper. Fry the contents of the wok for another 30 seconds, until they begin to soften.
- Sprinkle the wok contents with curry powder, and stir to ensure it mixes properly.
- Add rice noodles and top it off with the remaining stir fry sauce. Ensure that the sauce spreads evenly to coat all the contents in the wok uniformly.
- Transfer the shredded egg omelets and green onions to the mixture, and give another 20 second stir frying allowance.
- Serve while hot.
Notes On Mei Fun Recipe
A common observation of most first timers trying out this dish is that the salt is usually excess in the food. Part of the reason why this happens is that, both oyster sauce and light and dark soy sauces contain salt. Therefore, it is important to adjust the amount of salt you add while preparing the food accordingly.
Also, the food is rather unique in its preparation as you have seen in the recipe, which is another reason why most people miss the mark. Part of the problem occurs in spicing the food. For this reason, when you are preparing Mei Fun or any other rice noodles, it is advisable you practice with smaller batches, and you can gradually increase the quantities as your experience increases. Furthermore, for larger batches, you should be aware that you will require stronger fire source, and a substantially larger wok.
Tips On The Ingredients
When selecting for curry powder for this recipe, the golden one is the best as it has high turmeric content which imparts a golden tinge to the dish.
Another ingredient, Char Siu is also pivotal in preparing the meal. The problem is, some people claim not to find it in some China open markets. If you happen to fall in this category, you can opt to go for Chinese bacon or sausage as an alternative.
Meal Preparation (Further Guidance)
The recipe uses dried thin rice noodle as the main ingredient. It is important to be in a position of properly identifying it and distinguishing it from flat rice noodles, which is commonly used when preparing beef chow fun. However, the former is usually preferred since it is of a higher quality, with an amazing texture. Additionally, the risk of ending up with broken noodles is considerably lower.
Heat up a pan with heat setting adjusted to moderate, and add a tablespoon of oil in the pan, followed by beaten eggs to make an egg omelet. Once it is ready, allow it to cool before shredding it to thin slices on a chopping board. While preparing it, remember to regulate the heat, to prevent formation of crusty outer layer. Also, you should remember to sprinkle some salt while beating the eggs.
Before you being cooking the meal, you should ensure that all the ingredients are prepared as instructed. The meal takes a relatively short time to prepare. Consequently, all the ingredients and condiments are added in quick succession.
A lot of emphasis has to be placed on one point, salt addition. It is the main point where people go wrong with the recipe. Remember, you are using other sauces, more so soy sauce, which has significantly higher salt content. Therefore, even as you add the salt to taste, you need to taste the food and feel whether more salt may be needed. Some cooks work to completion when following the above mei fun recipe, without addition of table salt, and their food is excellently prepared.
Cook’s Final Comment
For most of the recipes, there is recommended proportions which are suggested in the ingredient section. It is important to note, however, that those are just guidelines. You can adjust them as you see they best fit. On the same note, you are always allowed to add or remove a recipe from the list. After all, you are preparing food that you can enjoy.