Friday, October 19, 2007

Bun Mein


We eat bun mein once or twice a month because there's a very good bun mein shop nearby. Bun mein seems more healthier and nutritious than say, konlo mee which is 90% carbs and 10%pork oil, meat and msg (unbelievable amount of msg) whereas bun mein hardly has oil and there's a good mix of meat and sayur manis.

So what makes a good bun mein?For me, the soup should be light (although some prefer pork bones soup) but tasty, the mein should be torn into pieces and not in long strands like other mein, and it should be el dente and slippery smooth. There should be a good sprinkle of crispy ikan bilis/anchovies and, very importantly, there should be a dip of calamansi lime, bird's eye chilies and chopped raw garlic. Most important of all, the veg must be sayur manis, nothing else. Agree?

Making bun mein at home is a little bit of a hassle. For best results, make your dough in advance and have all the ingredients lined up by your stove. Bun mein's only good if you cook it bowl by bowl because the mein is not rinsed in cold water as you would other noodles, and you want to cook everything quickly in high heat. So let's start.

Making the Dough

150g Blue Horse flour (or wheat flour)

1.Put flour into a machine mixing bowl, add 1/2 cup water and knead (I usually use my mixer if I make larger portions). If too wet, add more flour; too dry, add more water. You want an el dente bite so make the dough harder.

2.When dough is smooth, cover and let it rest. Just before you start to cook, dust the working surface, divide dough equally into 2 portions and roll each piece of dough out thinly or to your desired thickness.

The Other Ingredients

a large handful of sayur manis
100g (more or less)thin pork slices
--marinade pork in salt, white pepper and lots of cornflour + water, leave in fridge overnight
combination of: pork balls, pork liver slices, egg pork roll
2 T crispy fried ikan bilis
1 T dried cloud ears, soaked and sliced into thin strips
1/2 chicken stock cube or chicken/pork stock


bird's eye chilies, minced
garlic, minced
calamansi limes

Cooking It

1. In a small, thin-base metal pot, add 2 cups water (or pork/chicken stock) and 1/4 of a chicken stock cube and 1/3 t salt, a dash of white pepper. Add the meatballs.

2. When soup boils, add the pork slices and clouds' ears. Stir well, and when soup comes to a full boil, tear off 4 or 5 cm square (roughly) pieces of the dough and drop into the boiling soup. The heat must be very high. Work quickly. Add the liver slices in between (too early and they get tough, too late they aren't cooked through). Stir well all the time. Lastly add the veg in and pour into a noodle bowl, top with 1 T of ikan bilis. Serve with the dip. Get ready some tissues.

Makes 2 large servings.


Christy said...

I am no fan of bun mein but you take really great pics:D
Nice blog!

Shan said...

Thanks for the Tong Hing tip. Am cooking for the guys tonight when they come over to play some cards at my place. Am sure the cold cuts will go down a treat. Cheers.

CK said...

Great use of that sayur manis. :)

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

christy: nice of u to drop by; will check out ur blogs in detail when free.

shan:u have fun (not tt u need me to tell u)...

ck: yes, they were getting old.ur latest food pics made me salivate cos i checked b4 breakfast.

Denise said...

good pan mien shop near by? which one u meant here? u stayed Tmn Cantik ?

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

hhoho. i know Tmn Cantek very well.

Hong Yi said...

How come you know Tmn Cantel very well ma?
I never knew that

Hong Yi said...


Anonymous said...

I like the Gon Lau Mien at Taman Cantek shop. Yi I beg you miss all these good food.. :(. Anyway when mom comes to melb in december you better watch out your wt...

Hong Yi said...

watch my weight when she comes in december? i should watch my weight now! in fact, im downing a huge plate of sashimi and rice as im typing this hoho

bryan said...

What's the name of the shop, I wanna try. :D

meatball online said...

yes.. what's the name of the shop? after reading ur blog, i went to "kah sou pan mien" at Jalan Pantai KK. Not nice liao oh... Sad sad.

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

oh, it's Kedai Kopi Sin Hing Fatt at Tmn Cantek, Penampang behind Lido. while d bun mein is good, the shop is really dirty with tissues everywhere. 3 weeks ago i saw 2 health inspection officers near the shop n asked them y the shop was given a 'B' rating n they said they'll look into it. I went recently n it was just as dirty so i'm boycotting it. instead, i bring a pot n 'dabao'.

Precious Pea said...

I love making bun mein at home when i got the time. And yes, it only tastes good with potato leaves.

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