Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mee Rebus

Mee Rebus which is of Indian origin and a spin off from Indian Rojak.  It does not need any introduction to Malaysians or Singaporeans who are not Indian. Ask them about Mee Rebus or Indian Rojak and you get a smile in their faces and a thumb-up - sedap, hojiak and yummy.  The Singaporean version of Mee Rebus differ slightly from the Malaysian, the gravy is sweeter and does not have the work which includes coconut fingers, shrimp fritters etc.

Rempah - spice mix

1 cup  shallots, peeled
1/4 cup garlic, peeled
1 heap tsp turmeric powder
1/2 packed cup dried chillies, washed, cut into small pieces and soaked with hot water
1/2 cup dried shrimps, soaked
2 tsp belacan or shrimp paste
2 tbsp fermented yellow beans (tau cheong/mein see)
1/3 cup cooking oil

1 inch piece galangal, peeled
2 sticks of lemongrass


Using the microplane grater, grate galangal and lemon grass.

Using the food processor or blender, process or blend all the ingredients until well blended.  If you are using the blender, put in the oil first into the blender, then the shallots follow by the rest of the ingredients.  The oil will ensure that the blender blends better.

Heat the wok or deep pan , then add in the blended spice paste and stir to prevent paste sticking. Add oil if necessary(spice paste will brown faster with more oil), and fry till the paste has changed to dark brownish red and fragrant.  Alternatively, pour blended spice paste into a microwave-safe bowl, add a little more oil and microwave on high 2 minutes at a time, stir after every cycle, until spice paste is fragrant.

Ingredients for the gravy:
4 large peeled sweet potatoes (use orange type)
Rempah Spice Mix (recipe is as above)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 liter Chicken stock or water
1 tbsp of dark soya sauce
1 tbsp of light soy sauce
salt and sugar to taste


Cooked Shrimps - peeled
Coconut Fingers - Recipe is at bottom of page
Prawn Fritters -  Recipe is at bottom of page
Cooked potatoes wedges
Fried firm tofu  - cut into slices
Hard boiled eggs - sliced or quartered
Sliced jalapeno/green chillies
Sliced red chillies
Fried shallots
Slices of lime
2 sprigs of chinese celery - chopped (kan choy)
Chopped green onions

Main Ingredients:

Yellow noodles or spaghetti  - blanched
Bean sprouts - blanched


To make the gravy:

Cut sweet potatoes into tiny chunks andcook the potatoes with enough water till cooked. Take them out and mashed or alternatively, use a hand blender, and blend the potatoes into a mash.

Add the rempah spice mix, peanut butter and chicken stock or water and bring to a boil  Add in dark and light soya sauce and adjust taste with salt and sugar. Let gravy simmer for about 10 minutes.  The gravy should not be too thick or too thin. Adjust if you have to, too thick add more liquid, if too thin, more mashed potatoes or cornstarch slurry can be added.  Remember to bring gravy back to a boil if adding cornstarch slurry.

To serve Mee Rebus:

Put a little blanched bean sprouts at the bottom of bowl follow by a large handful of blanched noodles. 

Pour gravy over and top with the garnishes.
Coconut Fingers:

4 ozs all-purpose flour
1 oz chickpea flour
4 ozs grated coconut
1 tbsp dried shrimps - soaked and chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp pepper

4 fl oz water

Mix all the ingredients well and add in water to form into a dough.

Knead dough until smooth and leave covered to rest for 30 minutes.

Shape dough into small logs and deep fry in hot oil till golden brown.

Prawns Fritters:

1 egg
2 tbsp chickpea flour
2 ozs all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 fl ozs water

1/2 cup small shrimps, shelled and diced

Mix batter until smooth, add in diced shrimps.

Heat oil  and spoon tablespoons of batter to deep fry in moderate heat until golden brown.  Do not overcrowd as fritters will expand.


Claire said...

Definitely tasty!!!

CaThY said...

I love mee rebus! Yours look yummy ;)

MaryMoh said...

You are cooking one of my favourite noodle dishes...mmmm...delicious.

lena said...

yuum! mee rebus is delicious and yours look good here! thanks for shring the rceipe on the prawn fritters and coconut fingers..i have no idea how to make that!

vietfoodrecipes said...

This looks really good! Dinner time is here, one order for me, please!

you have such a nice blog!

Jess @ Bakericious said...

the mee rebus looks so inviting especially with so much ingredients.

Reese Darragh said...


Sweet Jasmine said...

This looks slightly different from my version here
I wld love to try out the coconut finger which looks interesting.

Anonymous said...

Hi, just so you know, mee rebus is not of Indian origins. It's javanese. In Singapore, the Indian version is called mee maidin. In some parts of malaysia, it's known as mee jawa. Btw, the original version does not use belacan. The gravy rely on small dried shrimp(geragau) and beef broth frm beef trimmings. The rempah will also have cumin, fennel and coriander seeds(we usually substitute curry powder). Hopes this helps.

lilyng said...


thanks and it is good to know

The Bakerwoman said...

Aunty Lily,
the mee rebus looks istimewa!!!

Its difficult to get a good plate of mee rebus these days! The best so far is the Bedok South hawker centre - only S$2 per plate. I love the shrimps, tau kwa and lots of green chillies added to the mee rebus....

Anonymous said...

Mmmmmm, I will have to try your recipe. Someone in your comment section mentioned mee jawa. There is a difference between mee jawa and mee rebus.

BTW your enthusiasm for cooking is very contagious and inspiring. I have tried some of your recipes over these past few years. Thank you for keeping up with this food blog.

lilyng said...


thank you for giving me support and this definitely boost my enthusiasm for cooking and sharing my tested recipes.

Anonymous said...

Yup! mee jawa and mee rebus is two differenct things. Funnily, both are are not Indonesian nor Indian citizen! They are actually a product of a mixed marriage between Chinese/Indian/Malay/Javanese created a long...time ago by our peace loving in Malaya (note that I said Malaya not Malaysia okay) It's the same case as Mee Bandung and Roti Canai.....hehehehe,

lilyng said...


thanks , it is good to know

ping said...

Oh my! This is one of my favorite tastes of home! But I doubt I'll be attempting this anytime soon...sounds like too much work esp with all the condiments and it really needs all of them to be authentic and complete. Maybe I'll just take a trip home to stuff my face! :D

Anonymous said...


Wondering what is the different or is there any different between Indian Rojak and Pasembor? And do you have the recipe for pasembor sauce?

Thank you.


lilyng said...


i have heard of pasembor but i am sorry i do not have the recipe for the sauce

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