One Sunday, I made economy fried meehoon, also known as meehoon kosong. You guys know what is economy fried meehoon but to the uninitiated, that's meehoon (vermicelli) fried with the barest of ingredients.
As the word "economy" suggests, this noodle is sold cheaply and has been around for a long, long, time. In fact, I found a recipe for economy fried meehoon in my auntie's (very) old recipe scrapbook (which she handed down to me).
At the stalls that sell these noodles, usually outside coffee shops and markets, you will also see other food items that you can add on to the noodles, should you feel a little extravagant. These would usually be fried eggs, omelette, luncheon meat and even vegetables and many more.
So why did I cook economy fried meehoon at home? Well, that Sunday morning I was clearing my kitchen and I noticed I had a little bit of shallot oil leftover.
All the shallots were gone, obviously, hee..hee... So I set it aside, not wanting to throw away the oil. Then I went grocery shopping with my partner and as usual, before heading home, we stopped by Restoran 134 for our chap fan.
There at the start of the food line, I saw meehoon fried with some cabbage and there were side dishes of fried eggs and fried cabbage placed around the meehoon. Well, that gave me the idea to have a bit of fun in my kitchen. Besides this was an opportunity to use up my shallot oil.
I simply fried the meehoon with some sliced shallots and minced garlic, seasoned with light and dark soya sauce and with some cabbage thrown in.
The noodles sold outside are often seasoned with stock powder and/or msg to make it tastier but I don't use any of these at home. But it was nice enough due to the shallot oil.
And of course, this also gave me the excuse to fry up some luncheon meat coated with beaten egg hee..hee..
So there you have it, my dinner of economy fried meehoon and fried luncheon meat. Oh ya, I should write about my auntie's recipe scrapbook and perhaps try out the many, many, recipes that she painstakingly wrote by hand.