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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Fried Soy Bean Noodles [Tau Chiam Noodles]

A very Asian cuisine and a convenient one-dish meal for the family for weekend lunch or dinner.
Info from Eating Pleasure on Soy Bean Noodles "Soy bean noodles is called tau chiam in Hokkien. It's made of soy bean and wheat. Hence, the Protein value is higher than the normal noodles, and it's low in carbo too. It's good for diabetes patient who loves noodles. The texture is similar to "pan mee" ????."

At home, this noodle is usually cooked into a thick soup with yam, dried prawns, meat and mushrooms.  The stock is boiled and the noodles added.  The soup becomes thick by the time the noodles are cooked and also because of the yam. Add more stock if you preferred the soup to be less thick.  A very traditional way [kochabi] and is quite acceptable by all in the family. I'll cook the soup version next time.

Anyway, this time, I'm frying it with some other ingredients. 

[serves 2-3]
200 gm soy bean noodles [tau chiam] - blanched in boiling water to soften
50 gm meat - sliced [optional]
70 gm prawns - shelled
3 dried mushrooms - soaked and shredded
1 small red carrot - shredded
50 gm cabbage - shredded [I used iceberg lettuce]
50 gm chives or chives flower - cut 3 cm lengths
2 tsp chopped garlic
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
cut red chillies in soy sauce
Seasoning [combined]
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
dash of msg and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp sugar
1 cup water
  1. Blanched noodles in boiling water to cook until al dente.  Remove and drain in colander [mix with some sesame oil].
  2. Heat oil in wok, fry garlic until aromatic.  Add in prawns, meat and mushrooms to fry, then add in carrots.  Stir fry well and add in blanched noodles and seasoning.  Stir fry and toss noodles to combine all ingredients.
  3. Add in water, chives and lettuce.  Stir fry to combine ingredients well and cooked until gravy is slightly thickened.
  4. Dish out and serve immediately with cut chillies.
  • If using cabbage, add in when adding carrots
  • Not necessary to have all the above ingredients, any combination is alright.  I added crabmeat too.


Phong Hong said...

Kimmy, I tried these noodles a few years back. I thought they had a funny smell, like a greenish smell. Perhaps something went wrong in my preparation. Will certainly give it another try after reading your post.

Kimmy said...

Hi Phong Hong, it's quite difficult to know why cos' there are many brands. I used the one from Sitiawan where they also produce very good hand-made mee suah.

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