I love making our favorite Chinese take-out dishes at home. They’re always tastier, healthier, and much easier on the old pocketbook. Jon’s favorite dish to order-out, hands down, would have to be Singapore Mei Fun. Now, I realize this probably isn’t anywhere close to the noodle dishes you’d actually find in Singpore – but let’s be honest, what comes out most Chinese restaurants in this country actually is authentic? Am I right?
Soft rice noodles, sauteed with all kinds of crispy yet tender vegetables – and a protein if you like, all in a delicious spicy sauce chock full of curry. I’d never had it before her ordered it, he used to be a General Tso’s guy…but switched to this when he was trying to lose a little weight, and years later he’s still never gone back. I’ve almost grown to love it over my beloved lo mein noodles! Our local place always adds a scrambled egg to the stir-fry, which I feel is a great addition as it helps to soak up any extra sauce and flavor, so I added that to my at-home version too.
It turned out really great, and was a fairly quick and easy meal. I just softened the rice noodles while I was prepping the veggies (stuff I had laying around in the fridge and pantry), stirred together the spices with some soy sauce and sesame oil, and stir-fried for a delicious dinner. I sliced up half a pork tenderloin that I had from a meal earlier in the week and added it to the mix, to add a little protein – but shrimp, leftover chicken or beef would also be great. Ff you wanted to make it vegetarian try adding tofu, or even just bulking up the veggies. And by using your favorite soy sauce substitute, it’s easily gluten-free. You can also switch up the spices in a bit – adding more or less Sriracha or red chili flakes to adapt the heat to your liking. We like it pretty spicy, but I realize not all folks do.
This is one I’m definitely glad to be adding to my repertoire, as it’s a favorite of our whole family!
Singapore Mei Fun
12 oz rice noodles
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten
2 tsp grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cup shredded carrot
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cup green cabbage, shredded
1 1/2 cup red cabbage, shredded
1 cup leftover pork, chicken or beef – sliced (optional)
1 1/2 cup bean sprouts
4 scallions, sliced
For the sauce:
1 Tbsp hot curry powder (or your favorite curry powder)
1 tsp ground tumeric
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp crushed red chili flakes
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 Tbsp Sriracha
1 tsp grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
Soak the noodles according to the package instructions (Usually soak in hot water for 15 minutes). Drain well and set aside in the colander.
Combine all the sauce ingredients in a medium bowl, stir to combine.
Heat 1 Tbsp oil in wok over medium-high heat. Add the eggs and cook, stirring constantly, until the eggs are cooked and scrambled. Remove to a small bowl and set aside.
Add remaining oil to the wok and increase heat to high. Add ginger garlic paste, and stir until fragrant – about 30 seconds. Add the carrot, bell pepper, and cabbages to the wok. Toss using a pair of tons until starting to soften – about 2 minutes.
Add in the rice noodles, sliced meat, bean sprouts, scallions, scrambled eggs, and finally the sauce. Toss well to combine everything and cook for an additional minute.
Serve hot with additional Sriracha and soy sauce, if desired.
Source: adapted from Messy Kitchen Stories