Homemade stir fried noodles to the rescue! This Singapore chow mei fun recipe is quick, easy and so tasty your whole family will ask for seconds! 20 minutes is all it takes to cook this delicious Singaporean dish. Make sure to watch the video!
Singapore Chow Mei Fun
Chow mei fun is my husband’s favorite dish whenever we order Chinese food. If Ben could have it every day, he would.
Apparently he ordered it for the first time from a Chinese takeaway spot in London, not really knowing what it was. He said, “It was cheap, and they said it was spicy. So I gave it a go.”
Singapore chow mei fun (or mai fun) – with its curried, smoky and savory flavors… won Ben’s heart that day.
And now, ordering Singapore mei fun is a must when we do the Caviar thing.
But because Chinese food in New York can get a bit pricey for what you actually get in return, we don’t order delivery all that often. Instead, I’ve gotten into the habit of making my own at home.
And, I must say, I’ve gotten pretty good at it 🙂
So good, in fact, that ordering Chinese food is no longer quite as appealing as it used to be. While many restaurant versions are okay, they don’t usually compare to freshly made mei fun noodles.
Let’s face it; stir fried noodles are always better fresh out of the wok!
What is Mei Fun?
Mei fun – (米粉 or mai fun) – sometimes also referred to as rice stick noodles, are thin rice vermicelli noodles.
Mei fun noodles are commonly used in Asian cuisine – from Mainland China and Hong Kong – to Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore – and most parts in between.
The traditional way to produce mei fun noodles is simply with rice and water. However, sometimes smaller amounts of ingredients like egg, wheat and other starches are added to augment the texture in certain brands noodles.
Rice vermicelli that hasn’t been augmented in the manufacturing process is a gluten free food. But it’s important to note that many of the sauces used when preparing Asian noodle dishes contain wheat.
Cool fact: rice noodles are usually prepared by soaking in hot water rather than actively boiling them.
When preparing mei fun for a stir fry dish, it’s best to slightly undercook the noodles at the soaking stage as they will continue to cook when you introduce them to the wok.
However, when making a soup with mei fun, you can add your noodles at the very last step. Once they’re cooked through, you’re ready to put the soup on the table!