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Fried Bee Hoon (Singapore Noodles)

Fried Bee Hoon (Singapore Noodles)

A truer Singapore noodles [Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

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Fried Bee Hoon (Singapore Noodles)

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About This Recipe

Yield:serves 3 to 4
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:40 minutes
Special equipment:wok, or 12-inch nonstick skillet
This recipe appears in: Singapore Stories: Singapore Street Noodles (aka Fried Bee Hoon)
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Ingredients

  • 4 ounces green Thai bird chilies, seeds removed, sliced
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 4 medium shallots, peeled and finely sclied (about 1 cup)
  • 4 medium cloves garlic, sliced thinly
  • 3 ounces shitake mushrooms, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 4 ounces baby bok choy leaves (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 8 ounces medium shrimp, peeled
  • 5 ounces dried rice vermicelli, soaked in cool water for 30 minutes
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 cup bean sprouts

Procedures

  1. 1

    Place sliced chilies in small bowl. Pour boiling water over to cover. Let sit 10 minutes, then drain. Add vinegar, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and stir to combine. Allow to cool. For best results, refrigerate at least overnight. Chilies can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

  2. 2

    For the stir-fry: Heat 3 tablespoons oil in wok over medium heat until shimmering. Add shallots, garlic, and mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms have softened and are beginning to brown, about 8 minutes.

  3. 3

    Increase heat to medium high and stir in bok choy. Cook until beginning to wilt, about 1 minute. Add remaining 3 tablespoons oil. Add shrimp, softened vermicelli, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, white pepper, and sprouts.

  4. 4

    Cook, stirring, until seasonings are combined with noodles, shrimp are cooked through, and noodles are beginning to brown on bottom of pan (add extra oil if beginning to stick), about 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and/or soy sauce. Serve immediately with pickled chilies on the side.

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