Mee Siam (Spicy Rice Vermicelli) Recipe
December 30th, 2008 26 Comments

Mee Siam (Spicy Rice Vermicelli) Recipe

Mee Siam (Spicy Rice Vermicelli)
Mee Siam (Spicy Rice Vermicelli) pictures (2 of 6)

Mee Siam or “Siamese noodles” is basically spicy fried rice vermicelli with various toppings such as shrimp, chicken, fried firm tofu, and shredded omelet. Mee Siam is usually served with a piece of kalamansi lime (the juice gives an extra tangy kick to the noodles) and a dollop of sambal on the side.

When I was researching for Mee Siam recipes, I came across two distinct variations: dry vs. wet. The version I am sharing today is Malaysian Mee Siam recipe, which is dry. Singapore Mee Siam is often wet and topped with gravy.

Malaysian Recipe: Mee Siam (Spicy Rice Vermicelli)Regardless of the regional adaptations, Mee Siam is a popular noodle dish in Malaysia and Singapore. It’s delicious, appetizing and a crowd pleaser.

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  1. buzzinghive says:

    haha, I just cooked the wet (SG) version last night, based on recipe from “Best of Singapore Cooking”. But the gravy is still not quite like the hawker version. I tried most of your recipes and turn out really good. Maybe you would like to have a go at it and share the recipe ? ;)

  2. Paula says:

    Oh my gosh, this looks outstanding. I’ve only ordered this dish; I’ve never made it myself. I love every single thing about this … the ingredients, the paste, and the garnish. YUM!

    Happy New Year!

  3. Foxglove says:

    the pic looks amazing! i personally love mee siam. when i was previously in melaka, mee siam’s a must but i find that they are not as good as it used to be.

    thanks for sharing the recipe, am planning to give it a go perhaps during the weekend.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Your mee siam recipe looks so colourful and beautiful. I would like to have a bowl, please. LOL!

  5. Anonymous says:

    My mother’s mee siam recipe is similar to yours, but she also adds some dried shrimp to the spice paste. You should try it the next time you make. I think it adds some extra flavours to the dish. Your mee siam pictures look gorgeous and droolsome as always.

    Keep up the good work!

    - Pat

  6. Maya says:

    Happy New Year Bee!
    The mee siam looks scrumptious!

  7. Passionate Eater says:

    I have been on the look out for a good mee siam recipe for eons. I trust you as the Southeast Asian cooking goddess, so I would trust this recipe with my life. Thank you again Bee, and Happy New Year!

  8. afhstingray says:

    good timing! i cooked this for an xmas potluck.

    the wet singapore version, as its easier to do.

    i just bought a bottle of woh hup mee siam paste, its as easy as making instant noodles and is oh so spicy and authentic!!i served it with boiled egg and fishballs/fishcake

    their laksa paste is great too, these are two things i stock up on before i fly back to england. a bowl of laksa in the middle of winter is simply brilliant.

  9. Carolyn Jung says:

    My husband likes crispy noodles with sauce. Me? I like the dry version better. Good thing we’re good at compromising, and don’t mind eating each other’s favorite.

  10. mycookinghut says:

    Happy New Year to you!
    This is dish gets my thumbs up! – noodles and it’s with chili paste! Yummy!

  11. Foodista says:

    A great recipe to kick start the year! Happy New Year! looking forward to more delightful recipes in 2009!

  12. Han says:

    All foods here look delicious and yummmy…

  13. pigpigscorner says:

    As a Malaysian, sad to say I’ve only had the Sg version. And that’s because my sg friend gave me the instant mix.

  14. sandra p says:

    wow! i accidentally stumbled here…your cooking is out of this world. thanks for sharing these recipes..they’re unbelievable. i will have to try them sometime!

  15. worldwindows says:

    Yes, it is a crowd pleaser and my favourite fried noodles, though I prefer to go easy on the chili paste!

  16. Mrs Ergül says:

    I have been trying to get a good and reliable mee siam recipe, wet or dry. Now, I think I have found the right one and this is on the menu for next week’s weeknight dinner! yay!

  17. wmw says:

    Mee Siam is my fave no. 1 noodle!

    RM, hope things are better…look forward to brighter and better tomorrows in the new year!

  18. taste tester says:

    Looks delicious! Will keep this on my list of things to try making :)

  19. kate says:

    Hi, I wanna try out this recipe to9. Jus curious on the garlic part, isit 5 whole pulps? Thx

  20. SGexpat says:

    I saved this recipe for months and finally tried it yesterday. I’m an amateur cook so I didn’t have my hopes up high. I’m happy to report that this recipe turned out great! Not quite like my mum’s (but that’s almost impossible to replicate anyway) but very close in terms of authenticity. DH enjoyed it too! The few amendments I made were: I used 8 shallots and 4 garlic. Deseeded 3 out of the 4 chillies or it’d be too spicy otherwise. Added a dash of fish sauce, soy sauce and sugar and mmmmmm, soooo good. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us – It’s for keeps!

  21. Peter Glutton King says:

    Lovely dish but usually we sprinkle dried chili powder on top and stir in the bowl.

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  25. Angela says:

    Hi, I have tried this recipe but the taste is very bland and I cannot get the color like the photos that you took. I tried adding double dosage of your recipe to it but it did not turn out well. is there anything I can improve?



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