|East meets West|
I have some leftover pasta dough, after making my ravioli with chicken filling. When I posted a picture of the dough ingredients (flour, oil, eggs) on my Facebook and asked my pals to guess what were I making for dinner, one of them guessed "mee hoon kuay" or 面粉粿, a handmade pulled noodles served with meat and vegetable in ikan bilis soup base.
Mee hoon kuay sounds wonderful, especially I love soupy stuffs! And today's nice cooling weather is just perfect for a bowl of hot mee hoon huay soup.
I prepared the soup base with ikan bilis and soy beans. Added a handful of choy sum (菜心), a few meat balls with preserved vegetable (冬菜), an egg and there you are, a yummy bowl of homemade mee hoon kuay. For the meat balls, minced up some pork, mix with a little preserved vegetable, add seasonings and keep chill in fridge. If you prefer, you can also add fried shallots and fried ikan bilis, as garnish and topping to the noodles, just before serving.
1) Roll out the dough into a thin sheet. Set aside (see post on ravioli for dough recipe).
2) Bring the soup to boil in a pot, start tearing the dough sheet into small pieces (pull it as you tear) and drop into the soup. Stir it gently to prevent the noodles from sticking to each other.
3) Add other ingredients into the soup: make small meat balls using a teaspoon and add into the soup, add vegetables. When the noodles are cooked (takes about 3 to 5 minutes), crack an egg and remove from heat.
4) Garnish with fried shallots and fried ikan bilis, serve immediately.