Hong Kong: Singapore Fried Vermicelli

Restaurant: Cafe 88
City: Oakland, CA

I had a family-style lunch with the family and a friend at Cafe 88, a Hong Kong style cafe. My dad picked this dish. I had originally planned to pick this dish, but then my dad ended up ordering this so I went with the beef chow fun.

I used to order this dish whenever I saw it in the menu back in high school… so my mom learned how to make it and cooked it pretty often… but cooking vermicelli on a wok verses a cooking pan makes a difference!

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From looking at the photo above, you can tell the noodles were on one side of the plate while the shrimp, onion, bean sprouts, bbq pork, and red bell pepper were on the other… it should have been served well mixed.

Contrary to its name, this dish did not originate in Singapore!

Singapore-style noodles (Chinese: 新洲米粉, 星洲炒米, 星洲米粉) is a dish of stir-fried rice vermicelli seasoned with curry powder, bean sprouts, pak choi, soy sauce, and sliced chilli peppers. It is served as a vegetarian dish or can be accompanied by small slices of chicken, beef, char siu pork, and/or prawns. The dish appears on the menu of almost all Chinese-style (mainly Cantonese-style) eateries in Hong Kong. (Wikipedia)

The Sing Chow Mai Fun (Chinese: 星洲炒米粉) in Malaysia does not come with curry! The sauce is completely different there. The Singapore fried rice noodles served in Penang is flavored with ketchup and a little chili sauce. (Rasa Malaysia)

Sin Chow (Singapore) Fried Meehoon, or simply Singapore noodles represents a dish containing rice noodles combined with fish cake, barbecued pork or ham chicken, as well as carrots and broccoli. The US version includes curry powder too, unlike the Malaysian one. Usually the dish is served topped with shrimps or prawns. The Sin Chow (Singapore) Fried Meehoon has the biggest popularity in Kuala Lumpur and the cities nearby. The interesting thing is that the receipt of the dish, despite its name, doesn’t originate from Singapore. (Mycitycuisine.org)

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