Mee Rebus is a noodle-based dish that varies across the states in Malaysia. The broth in this noodle dish is thick and creamy. It is usually made with mashed sweet potatoes. In Johor, this dish is made solely with beef broth.
On the other hand, in states up north, they use chicken or prawn based broths. It’s the perfect comfort food to eat on a rainy day. The subtle spice will warm your throat.
After hours of simmering on a low flame, each spoonful of the Mee Rebus should be packed with a lot of flavour. In this recipe, we’ll be teaching you how to make a beef broth for your noodles. You could opt for other meat options if you like!
Origin of Mee Rebus
The word Mee means noodles while Rebus means to boil. Using the signature yellow noodles made to a slurp-y perfection, the exact origins of this dish is unclear. With the existence of its close cousin Mee Jawa, which, as its name suggests, originates from Indonesia, some believe the origin of Mee Rebus to have its roots in Indonesia as well.
On the other hand, some historians suggest this meal to be a fusion of the Malay and Indian food. The broth is curry-like, suggesting sometimes Indian merchants ate curry with noodles instead of rice back in the day.
Mee Rebus Recipe: How to Make Authentic Mee Rebus at HomeDifficulty: Easy
1 kg yellow noodles (blanched)
250g beansprouts (blanched)
Fried onions (to garnish)
3 eggs (boiled)
1 stalk of spring onion
1 red chilli (finely sliced)
1 green chilli (finely sliced)
3 pieces of tofu (sliced and fried)
- To make the broth:
Oil for frying
500g beef (finely sliced)
500g sweet potatoes
2 tbsp taucu (fermented soybeans)
5 bulbs of onion
4 cloves of garlic
2 cm ginger
1 tbsp dried shrimp
2 tbsp curry powder
6 cups of water
½ cup roasted and crushed peanuts
2 cm galangal
Salt and sugar to taste
- First, boil the sweet potatoes for 20 minutes. Mash into a smooth paste.
- In a blender, finely blend the onions, garlic and dried shrimp.
- Now, in a wok add about six tablespoons of oil and sauté the blended ingredients until fragrant. Add the curry powder and taucu. Stir well and cook on medium heat. Add the beef once you see the oil start to separate from the paste.
- Next, add the water and mashed sweet potatoes. Stir and let the dish come to a boil.
- Once boiling, add the galangal, peanut powder, and tomato. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook until the broth thickens to your preference. Add salt and sugar. Ladle out the broth into individual bowls and add in the noodles.
Ways to enjoy Mee Rebus
They say you eat with your eyes before your mouth. So, before digging into your hot bowl of noodles, garnish your meal with the fried tofu, spring onions, red and green chilli, and beansprouts. Be sure to take a photo of your masterpiece!
To spice things up a bit. Prepare a small side of soy sauce and finely sliced cili padi. Add as much as you can handle to your noodles.
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