Monday, October 24, 2011

Recipe: Mee Ka Thung

Fried Noodles ("Mee Ka Thung" or "Lhat Nha")
"Mee Ka Thung", "Rad Na", or "Chow Foon", are
the different names that this delicious dish goes by.  This tasty rice noodle dish with gravy is a staple in every Cambodian, Vietnamese, Thai and Laotion restaurant in Lowell.

The soft wide rice noodle is also used in the popular Thai "phad see you" dish or the "drunken noodles"which is on the spicier side.

This recipe is influenced by my mom as I would watch her make this dish for my siblings an I on a regular basis while growing up in the Srey household.

Fried Noodles ("Mee Ka Thung" or "Lhat Nha")
All the ingredients can be found at a local Asian Store.  Dishes can be prepared with a variety of meat, seafood or combination of meat and seafood, called,"Special".  This dish is also delicious served vegetarian with tofu and extra vegetables.

In Cambodian cooking, there is no measuring.. just tasting to perfection.

Kim's Mee Ka Thung (Serves 4-6)
Ingredients below are for the "Special", feel free to omit some ingredients if preferred
  • 1 Large Bag of Wide Rice Noodles
  • 2 bunches of Chinese broccoli, washed and chopped.
  • 1 Can of baby corn, rinsed 
  • 1 Can of medium size mushrooms, rinsed
  • 2 Tablespoons of fried garlic with oil
  • 1/2 cup of Corn Starch or Potato Starch or Tapioca Starch
  • 1 1/2 Cups of water
  • 1 table spoon of vegetable oil
  • Cooking Spray
  • Soy Sauce to taste
  • Soybean Sauce to taste
  • Oyster Sauce to taste
  • Thick sweet soy sauce to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon of Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • Optional: Carrots, Chopped and Blanched

Optional Meats and Seafood:
4 oz of thinly sliced beef
4 oz of sliced chicken breast
4 oz of Uncooked shrimp, peel and deveined
3 oz of frozen prepared squid
3 oz of fried fish cake

Noodles Preparation
Cut the rice noodles in 1 inch strips.  Approximately 5-6 strips.

If noodles were purchased from a fridge, place the cut up strips in a microwave safe bowl with a lid and heat for 2 minutes to soften noodles.  Set aside to cool.

If noodles were purchased at room temperature, gently peel the the noodles from its layers without breaking the noodle strips.

Set peeled noodles aside.

Heat a medium size wok and spray with cooking spray.  Cook one egg, sunny side up, gently breaking the yoke towards the end.  Add 2 cups of peeled noodles to the wok.  Add a dash of soy sauce, soy bean sauce, thick sweet soy sauce and oyster sauce to the noodles, carefully tossing the noodles so they don't break.

Remove from heat.

Gravy Preparation
Heat a large wok on high temperature until cooking surface is hot.  Add a tablespoon of oil and add raw meats.  Add a tablespoon of oyster sauce, a pinch of salt and a tablespoon of fried garlic.  After the meats are cooked, add the seafood, mushrooms and baby corn. Continue to stir fry using a wooden spoon or a spatchler.

In a separate bowl, mix the water and cornstarch until the powder dissolves.  Add the mixture into the heated wok.  Add 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon of fried garlic, 3 tablespoons of oyster sauce, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of sweet soy sauce, pinch of salt and optional pinch of MSG to the wok.  Stir the mixture until a thick gravy forms in the wok.  Taste the gravy and add salt or sugar to your preference.  Once gravy bubbles, add the Chinese broccoli and stir until the greens wilts.
Mee Ka Tang

Dish preparation
Place fried noodles flat on a dish.

Add 2 cups of the Meat/Vegetables gravy mixture on top of the noodle bed.

Serve with pickled jalapenos, hoisen sauce and sriracha hot sauce.

Packed a "To go" container for my little brother
Mami Eggroll's Take out

Chow Foon Noodles