Saturday, 29 November 2008

maggi mee (fried instant noodles)

maggi mee

Maggi mee is a subset of devotion to instant noodles, preparing the yellow mee in water, frying vegies, then adding mee, curry powder and soy sauce to the wok. Some people use the flavour packet from actual instant noodles, but I find this flavour overwhelming. Maggi mee makes a great quick snack, or easy breakfast or lunch. This morning I made it for breakfast to use up some choi sum I have loitering in my fridge.

I love saying "instant noodles" in Mandarin, because it is 方便面,or 'fangbianmian.'

Maggi Mee

There is no proper way to make maggi mee. Every hawker stand will make it differently, and everyone has a different favourite combination of things. You don't even have to use Maggi brand noodles - any yellow mee will do.

2 noodle cakes of yellow mee
1 garlic clove (minced)
some vegies (such as choi sum, carrot, beansprouts)
some tofu
2 shakes dark soy
3 or 4 shakes light soy
half tablespoon of curry powder
1 small squish of lime juice

Prepare the yellow mee by boiling or soaking in boiled water until soft. Drain and set aside. In a wok, using a small amount of peanut oil, fry the garlic until fragrant. Add the vegetables (unless you are using beansprouts, in which case add after the noodles). The vegetables should have been prepared in the usual stir-frying way. If you are only using leafy greens such as choi sum or bok choi, add a little bit of light soy at this point. When the vegies are cooked through, add the tofu if you are using any and heat through and squash, then add the noodles, the rest of the soy sauce, and the curry powder. Squash through, add the lime juice, and serve.


moonbug said...

OMG... you call it maggi mee too!

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know I have "friended" you on LJ via the stream thingy...and I love your journal. :) I'm on the east coast, but I am soooo jealous now of Perth!! There are very few vegan-friendly places in Canberra. :(

(elektra_lite on LJ)

moonbug said...

Autonoe, Where in CBR are you living (north or south?), found lots of good vegan options, even at regular omni places to eat. Also get in contact with the ACT Veg Soc or ACT Animal Lib, people they are very helpful.

Dickson currently has three veg places with heaps of vegan options - Kingsland Chinese (does vegan fried icecream and dim sum!) My Rainbow Dreams Cafe and Au Lac, plus there is a place over in Watson (Satis) and a place down in Tuggers.

steph said...

moonbug, I do call it maggi mee! D laughs at me when I do, because sometimes I call it maggi with a 'j' and sometimes I call it maggi mee. :o)

steph said...

Hi Autonae, I see moonbug has already started talking about the awesome vegan action in Canberra. I find that there are very few woo vegan places in Perth, but I find it exciting to see what I can see. :o)

Thanks for stopping by, I'm glad you're enjoying my blog!

Anonymous said...

Hmm, maybe my dreams for vegan-friendly places are a bit out of proportion...moonbug, I've been to all those restaurants you mentioned except for the Watson one, but I still feel that options are pretty limited in Canberra! I think Asian restaurants are usually better, but if I am eating European style foods, I always feel put out that the only things on the menu will be a pasta with tomato sauce or a salad. I have resigned myself to being a cranky vegan in those types of restaurants. :)

I always wondered what happened to Bernadette's at Ainslie, she was a staple for the veggie/vegan crowd for years and then one day *poof* she was gone.

Unknown said...

hey awesome maggi definitely going to try it..hey why don't you post this on the maggi fansite, would surely help out alot of maggi fans.