Hand Pulled Noodles ‘Mee Hoon Kueh’ Recipe
for the dough (please note the measurement is PER PERSON):
flour– 1/3 cup for small appetite, 2/3 cup for big appetite
pinch of salt
few drops of oil
1 egg (optional)
2-3 shrimps– shelled and deveined
2-3 fish balls or sliced fish cakes
2-3 sliced pork– seasoned with salt, pepper, sesame oil
2-3 sliced soaked Chinese mushroom
some green leafy vegetable such as “yu choy” 油菜
For the broth:
handful of dry anchovies 江鱼仔
water– about 2-3 cups per person, adjust according
fried crispy anchovies 炸江鱼仔
fried shallots 油葱酥
chopped cilantro & green onion
- Prepare the dough: combine all sought ingredients in a mixing bowl, knead until elastic and smooth. Cover the dough with a damped paper to prevent drying out, rest it for at least 30 minutes.
- Prepare the broth: boil anchovies and water in a pot over high heat for 5–10 minutes until the flavor of anchovies comes out. At this point you can opt to remove the anchovies, but I like to leave them in because I eat the boiled anchovies too.
- Add in pork slices, and boil until the meat is cooked. Remove the meat and transfer to a plate. Repeat the boiling step with mushrooms, fish balls, shrimps and leafy vegetable (I don’t like to cook everything altogether as each ingredient takes different time to cook, but feel free to do so if you’re in a hurry). Turn down to medium heat.
- Pull apart some dough and hold it in one hand, while use the other hand to stretch the dough thinner, pull apart a piece and drop it to the broth. Repeat this process until all dough is finished. Bring the soup to a boil then scoop up the hand pulled “noodles” (they gets mushy if they soak in liquid for a long time). Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.
- To assemble: put some hand pulled “noodles” in a bowl, top with some pork, mushrooms,fish balls, shrimps and vegetable. Pour in some soup, garnish with some chopped green onion, cilantro, fried shallots and fried anchovies on the top. And don’t forget the dipping sauce (chopped hot chili pepper plus soy sauce) that go with the noodles!