Simple, easy & definitely deliciousCurry mee (Curry noodle) is one of my favourite dishes. But to get the best curry mee is not easy at all... I still have not found any eatery which sells the best curry me in town. Some said those from a well-known famous kopitiam (coffee shop) is the best, but I find that it was still below expectation! Any new recommendation?
I had tried the one from a foodcourt in USJ6, recommended by someone last nite but still... I luv my mum's recipe the best! And today, I somehow got some time to cook my favourite cockles curry mee! Obviously, this is my mum's own recipe!
I think the key to good, delicious curry mee are three important things: First, use the good old lesung batu (mortar and pestle) to prepare the curry paste. All you need is, pound some shallots, garlic, curry powder, salt and chilli giling (chilli puree) in the lesung batu. Forget the modern day blender! Blender takes too much texture away, and what is left?
The second key item is, to use some fresh coconut milk! Get some thick and thin coconut milk from a whole coconut.
The third key thing is, using the right garnishing.
O.k now, heat up some cooking oil. Saute the chilli paste till a full aroma is developed. In the mean time u can fry your brinjal by the side. When the paste is really fragant, add water and thin coconut milk till it comes to a boil, and throw in a cube of chicken stock. Then, add the thick coconut milk, and reduce the flame to let it boil. Thereon, put out the flame, put in the deshelled cockles, fried tofu and curry leaf. Leave it for about five minutes. And your cockles curry is now ready!
For the garnishing, I personally find that boiled cabbage and long beans, fried brinjals, sliced chilli, and some mint leaves, are enough to make the curry mee fabulous!
It really put me off when they put fake sauteed onion, hard boiled egg and spring onion in my curry me. Why can't they just stick to the old, proven style?
And this is what I want when I order a curry mee - a simple yet delicious curry mee! Since I was too excited to enjoy my curry mee, I had actually forgotten to put the mint leaves! I just realised that on my 2nd helping ;)