Recipe: Fried Dry Mee Siam (Nyonya Style)

There are two variations of Mee Siam (Spicy Rice Vermicelli), the dry version and the wet version.  The dry version is more popular in Malaysia whereas the wet version is a more common sight in Singapore.  For those who prefer the wet version, I have shared a recipe some time last year which you can try out – Mee Siam (Nyonya Spicy Rice Vermicelli).

This spicy noodle is fried with a homemade rempah and prawn broth, prawns, bean sprouts, chives and fried firm tofu. All these yumminess is topped with shredded omelette and served with a piece of small lime to give an extra tangy taste to the dish. If you like it extra hot, a dollop of sambal on the side will make a perfect plate of fried mee siam!!!

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Serves 6 to 8 persons


400g vermicelli

500g prawns

2 firm tofu/bean curd

2 eggs

Beansprouts (Quantity according to your taste)

Chives, cut into 1″ sections (Quantity according to your taste)

3 tablespoons tamarind juice /paste

Sugar (for taste)

Salt (for taste)

For Rempah/Spice:

9 dried chilies

5 red chilies

3 tablespoons dried shrimps, soak in water for 5 minutes

20 cloves shallots

7 cloves garlic

23g toast in oven or over the stove for a few minutes

3 tablespoons soy bean paste/taucheong

For Garnish:

4 to 5 small limes

Sambal Chilli (If using)


  1. Soak the vermicelli in water till soft. Drain and set aside.
  2. Boil some water in the pot and add in the prawns and boil till the prawns is just cooked (up until it turns red).
  3. De-shell the prawns and set aside.
  4. Add the prawn shells back into the pot of water and continue to simmer for another 1 hour.
  5. Cut the tofu/bean curd into small pieces. Shallow fry in hot oil over medium-low heat till golden brown. Set aside.
  6. Cut the chives into 1-inch sections and set aside.
  7. Mix the assam with one cup or more of water.
  8. Soaked it for 10 minutes and then discard the seeds. Set aside.
  9. Fry the eggs into thin omelettes. Cut into thin shreds and set aside.

Preparation for the Rempah / Spice Paste:

  1. Soak the dried chilies in hot water, squeeze out the water and remove seeds. (If you like it spicy keep the seeds.) Cut into small pieces.
  2. Halve the red chilies and remove seeds. Cut into small pieces.
  3. Pound both the chilies in a mortar and pestle. Set aside.
  4. Blend the dried prawns, shallots, and garlic separately. Then set aside.
  5. Chop the toasted belacan and set aside.

Frying the Mee Siam:

  1. Heat up 4 tablespoons of oil in a wok over medium-low heat.
  2. Add in the shallots and garlic, then fry for 1 minute.
  3. Then add in the chilli and fry for 1 minute.
  4. Add in the dried shrimp, fry for 1 minute.
  5. Add in belacan and mix well.
  6. Add in the soy bean paste/taucheong and combine well.
  7. Fry till the mixture is fragrant for about 20 minutes (+/-).
  8. As the paste is drying up, add in some sugar and salt (adjust according to taste).
  9. Once the rempah is done, add in assam juice and 3 cups of prawn stock. Bring to a boil.
  10. Next add in the rice vermicelli and toss well using a pair of tongs and spatula.
  11. When the rice vermicelli has almost soaked up the liquid in the wok, add in the bean sprouts and chives. Combine well.
  12. Add in prawns and fried tofu. Toss well.
  13. Garnish with shredded omelette. Serve with small limes and sambal chilli (if you are using) at the side.

This recipe is adapted from “Traditional Nyonya Cuisine” by Luck Koh

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Hi! My name is Josephine Go. I blog at in a segment called Mummy’s Kitchen. I love to use fresh and natural ingredients in my cooking to promote healthy eating. Some of my recipes may not be in line with the traditional methods of cooking to the extent that some of the ingredients are different, but hopefully new recipes are being created in my style. I certainly hope that what I do will help guide kitchen first-timers on how to cook their first meal as well as further equip kitchen veterans with new recipes. My loving husband and two wonderful children are my best guinea pigs and critics. They have enjoyed (or endured) the food that has been served to them for all these years. Mind you, I did not know how to cook or ever knew that I could cook till I got married. So there is hope for everyone. If I can cook, you can cook. You will not know how good or talented you are until you put your hand in the plough.

2 thoughts on “Recipe: Fried Dry Mee Siam (Nyonya Style)

  1. Jennifer Liew says:

    love your cooking and recipes…thank u

    1. Hi Jennifer, thank you for your feedback and continous support! 😊

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