How to cook Mee Jawa

How to cook Mee Jawa
Mee Jawa is an Indonesian style noodle soup – another popular Malay noodle dish influenced by the Indonesian island of Java. The soupy gravy is made from fresh prawns and ladled over yellow egg noodles [chow mein]. Slices of potato, tofu [soy bean cake], egg, vegetables and shrimp garnishes the dish.

Recipe for Mee Jawa
Ingredients for Mee Jawa:

  • 1 kg yellow noodles (scalded)
  • 500 g beansprout (scalded)

Garnishes:

  • sliced green chillies
  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 4 pieces fried beancurd
  • fried sliced shallots
  • chopped spring onions and celery

Ingredients for gravy:

  • 1 cup fermented bean paste (washed and drained)
  • 1 cup dried shrimps (geragau)
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 6 buah keras
  • 1 piece blachan (toasted and pounded)
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil

Ingredients to ground:

  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 inch blue ginger (lengkuas)
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 stalks lemon grass (serai)
  • 30 shallots
  • 20 dried red chillies

Method for gravy:

  1. Fry peanuts and buah keras in a little oil and blend together with fermented bean paste, dried shrimps and blachan.
  2. Heat 1/2 cup cooking oil and fry grounded ingredients until aromatic and well cooked.
  3. Add in blended ingredients from (1) and fry for a few minutes more.
  4. Add in 80 oz water or stock and let it boil.
  5. Thicken stock with 1 cup water mixed with 4 tbsp flour and stir until gravy is thick (dilute according to thickness).
  6. Add salt and sugar to taste.

To serve:

  1. Mix scalded noodles with some beansprouts and pour some gravy over it. Garnish with egg slices, sliced green chillies, a cut lime, some taupok and fried shallots. Add a dash of black soya sauce.

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