Mee Siam

It’s my birthday! It is also “treasure memories” 4th birthday! I declare for myself a day off from work today.

My birthday wish was to have Mee Siam for lunch. Mee Siam which means “Siamese noodle” is a dish of thin rice noodles (vermicelli) in spicy, sweet and sour light gravy. Have not had a good Mee Siam for a long, long time. My very first maid learnt from my Mother in-law and she cooked very good Mee Siam. We used to have family members and friends over just for the Mee Siam.

This time round, while Mother in-law (MIL) was staying with us, I told her my birthday wish and she immediately agreed to cook for me! Love her so much for this!

Mee Siam cooked by my Mother in-law for my Birthday

I asked MIL to teach Moch to cook Mee Siam and this is what I had for my Birthday lunch. It was so yummy and satisfying. Moch asked me to let her know whenever I feel like eating it again.


    • 1/4 cup oil
    • 6 shallots
    • 3 cloves garlic
    • Chili boh / paste
    • 1 tbsp preserved soya beans (tau cheong)
    • 250g medium-size prawns, shelled
    • 1 cup stock or water
    • 250g rice vermicelli or meehoon, soaked for five minutes and drained
    • 200g beansprouts, remove root tips
    • 2 pieces fried beancurd (tau kwa), sliced
    • 2 pieces of fish cake, sliced
    • 100g chives, cut into 4cm-5cm lengths
    • 1 tsp sugar or to taste
    • 1 tbsp Nampla (fish sauce)
    • Lime juice


    • Chopped spring onions
    • 2 limes or tamarind, cut into wedges
    • 2 hard-boiled eggs, quartered or thinly sliced egg omelet
    • 1 red chilli, sliced
    • Shallot crisps


  1. Heat oil in a wok
  2. Stir-fry shallot and garlic until fragrant.
  3. Add Chili boh / paste and preserved soya beans (tau cheong)
  4. Add prawns and stock, then bring to a boil and simmer for five minutes.
  5. Add meehoon and beansprouts. Stir-fry.
  6. Mix in beancurd slices and chives and toss the meehoon well.
  7. Add sugar and fish sauce for seasoning and a squeeze of lime juice and toss again.
  8. Dish mee siam onto platter. Garnish before serving.

After the satisfying lunch, I went to Beaubelle to have my birthday pampering session ie body scrub, jacuzzi and aromatherapy body massage.