Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Pumpkin Mee Suah Kueh

Mee Suah or 面线 is a specialty of Xiamen, Fujian. It is a fine dried wheat noodle with a smooth texture & is used mainly in soup. I'm unsure of the origin of this dish but I always loved it whenever my sister cooked this dish. Finally took the chance to take down the recipe so that I can make it on my own.

Ingredients: (Makes 9 inch)

i) Pumpkin Kueh
  • 300g mee suah or 面线
  • 300g pumpkin flesh, shredded
  • 6 shitake mushrooms, soaked and sliced
  • 3 chinese sausages or lap cheong, diced
  • 75g dried shrimps, ground
  • 5 shallots, sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 120g pork, diced
  • 700mL water*
ii) Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
iii) Garnishing
  • 1 sprig spring onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 1 red chili, sliced
  1. Soak mee suah in water until softened and keep aside. Heat oil in a wok and sauté shallots and garlic till golden brown. Reserve for garnishing.
  2. Fry minced shallots, garlic till fragrant then add in mushrooms, dried prawns, minced meat, chinese sausages and pumpkin shreds.
  3. Add in the softened mee suah, water and seasonings. Stir well and adjust to taste.
  4. Keep frying until most water has evaporated and everything becomes very sticky or gooey.
  5. Press mee sua firmly into a greased 9 inch tray and steam for 20 minutes.
  6. Garnish with red chilies, spring onions and fried shallots.
*Note: Although original recipe calls for 700mL water, use 500mL water first and then adjust accordingly.

Close up.

Sliced kueh.

After garnishing. Yum yum.


Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Sammi, I have never seen this but it blew me away! I might just try making this for CNY is I have the time! It looks like a pumpkin lasagna! Very, very mouthwatering and absolutely delish! You did a fabulous job here. My compliments!

PS: Did you leave a comment on my blog re: pineapple tarts? Someone signed off as Sammi, and I wondered if it was you. :)

sammi_ysh said...

Hey Ju,

Thanks for the compliment. You should definitely try it! It is something different and something I always request whenever I'm back home. Tell me how it goes!

Oh, and that sammi isn't me. Looks like I'm not the only sammi lurking around the food blogosphere. ;)

Anonymous said...

Wow, that looks REALLY good. Does it taste like yam cake (wu tau koh) by chance? I love it, but I cannot find yam where I live. This seems like a good substitute.

Samantha said...


You can say it's pretty similiar in many ways but I actually prefer this instead of wu tau koh because I'm not really a yam fan? But I think the concept is very similiar.

Thanks for dropping by! Nice blog you have. :)

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