Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bah Chor Mee (Minced meat noodles)

recipe makes 2 bowls
2 bundles of fresh mee pok (flat noodles)
250g minced pork
2 strips of pork belly
6 fish balls
8 slices of teochew fish cake
2 dried shitake mushrooms - soaked, drained and sliced thinly
fresh lettuce (i do not have stock)
2 cloves garlic - chopped
2 shallots - sliced
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 to 1/2 cup water
cornstarch solution
vegetable oil

Seasonings for minced pork
1 tbsp soy sauce
pinch of salt
dash of pepper
a little sesame oil

Sauce to be placed in serving bowls (for each serving):
1 tsp chilli oil
1 tsp lard oil 
1 tsp fried shallot oil
3/4 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp tomato sauce
1/2 tbsp black vinegar
a little sesame oil

Fried pork lard
Fried shallot

  1. Cut away the leaner bottom part of the pork belly.  Slice it into pieces.
  2. Add these slices to the minced pork and marinate with seasonings for 30 minutes or more.
  3. Cut the rest of the fatty portion into small pieces.
  4. Heat up oil in a small pot.  Fry the pork belly till brown and crispy.  Drain and set aside the fried pork lard. Reserve the lard oil.
  5. Heat up oil in a pan.  Add shallots and garlic and fry till fragrant.  Add sliced mushrooms and fry for 1 minute.  Add marinated pork and fry for about 1 minute.  Drizzle dark soy sauce and do a quick stir fry.  Add water and let it simmer for a while.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Stir in some cornstarch solution to thicken the sauce.
  6. Boil a pot of water.  Cook the fishballs and set aside.
  7. Cook the mee pok in the same pot of water for 2- 3 minutes or till just cooked.
  8. Pour the noodles into the serving bowls. Toss to mix well with the sauce.  Lay a piece of lettuce by the side of the bowl.
  9. Pour the minced pork mixture and sauce over the noodles.  Add the fish balls and sliced fish cakes.
  10. Top with fried pork lard and fried shallots and serve immediately with a dollop of sambal chilli or garlic chilli.
  11. Enjoy the taste of your home-cooked hawker fare at home.

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