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Regional Cuisine: Mee rebus, popular Malaysian delicacy

The Origin

Popular on a wide scale, Mee rebus is a noodle dish found in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia where it is usually spelled as mi rebus or mie rebus. The scrumptious cuisine contains egg noodles covered in flavorsome gravy which is thickened by adding potatoes. The prepared gravy is spicy and sweet but with a tinge of sourness. To perk up the flavor, the dish is served with a number of garnishes – including chilies, hardboiled egg, limes and bean sprouts. Believed to have been originated from the northern areas of Malaysia, Mee rebus has egg noodles as its base part – which is blanched quickly to cook them. The dish has also been known for the variations in other countries in the region and is thought to have been prepared, eaten and sold by Indian traders moving through the country.

The cuisine

The yellow noodles ‘Mee rebus’ is served with spicy gravy made using potatoes and garnished further with a hard-boiled egg, bean sprouts, lime juice, spring onions, fried shallots and tau kwa (dried/fried bean curd). The delectable gravy tastes even more delicious with slight sourness which comes from the lime juice and tamarind paste. The cuisine can also be served with prawns and onion fritters that soak up the thick gravy to an extent. Nevertheless, some places even serve the dish with beef or add little bit of dark soy sauce. Mee rebus tastes equally well with satay and enhance the tang by adding a number of garnishes – subsuming chilies, hardboiled egg, limes, shallots and bean sprouts. In Indonesia, people also dote on Mee rebus’ variation entitled as ‘mee jawa’ – an essentially a soup made with egg noodles. However, the dish distinguishes by containing no potatoes and no thick gravy.

Mee rebus


About 150g fresh prawns which are neatly cut into thirds

Third-fourth cup of dried prawns that are rinsed off properly and diced

Third-fourth cup diced onions – diced

Third-fourth cup of diced Chinese chives

250g self-raising flour – sifted

One and a half cup of water

Half Knorr chicken stock cube

Half tsp of white pepper powder

Half tablespoon of sugar


Foremost, bring potatoes to boil under tender in a considerable pot of salted water. Draw off the water, drain it and mash it properly until the potatoes are smooth.

Take a large pot and pour in the one-third cup of chicken curry paste along with the potato puree and mix them together. Bit by bit, add low sodium chicken stock to the mixture. You can even add water to it until a desired consistency is obtained. Blend in the tamarind paste. However, if you find the tamarind paste is a bit too hard, you can simply dissolve tamarind in a small portion of water and then take off the seeds. Depending upon your taste or depending upon your preferences, you can also add a little more of the curry paste to enhance the tang. Leave the whole preparation to simmer for about 30 minutes. You can even season the cuisine with chicken stock cubes, salt and sugar.

As far as the cuisine method is concerned, simple lay down the nattily chopped fresh prawns, dried prawns, chives and onions in a mixing bowl that’s large enough to enable you to blend properly. Add water and flour – then mix until a smooth paste is prepared. Here, you can season it with chicken stock, sugar and a pinch of pepper.

Take a pot or frying pan, pour in some oil and heat it up for the deep frying. Take one tablespoon of batter and drop into the oil and deep fry till it turns golden brown in color. However, ensure that you do not overcrowd the pan and follow the procedure in small batches. Subsequent to this, simply leave it aside to cool down. Avoid overcrowding the pan and do this in small batches. Leave aside to cool. At last, serve with Mee rebus.

Why you should try it?

Since Mee rebus is a spicy balanced meal, the cuisine proffers you a good combination of nutrition and taste. Not only, it triggers the appetite with its spicy and delectable thick gravy, the dish ascertains you stay healthy through the inclusion of rich garnishes. Also, if you enjoy treating your buds to something delicious without going too stuffed, you can try Mee rebus any day – and realize the reason why it is so popular across Malaysia and Indonesia.

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