#1671: Ah Lai Penang Favourite White Curry Rice Vermicelli

A while back, Ah Lai sent me samples of their regular white curry noodle. Today, It’s their rice vermicelli version! Here’s a little about rice vermicelli from wikipedia:

Rice vermicelli are a thin form of rice noodles.[1] They are sometimes referred to as rice noodles, rice sticks,[citation needed] or bee hoon but they should not be confused with cellophane noodles, which is an Asian type of vermicelli not made from rice.

In Malaysia, the rice vermicelli can be called and founded as Mihun, Mi hoon, Mee Hoon, Bihun, or Bee Hoon.

Bihun Sup is a Malay style dish, mixed with spiced beef broth or chicken broth. Sometimes it came with sambal kicap (pounded bird’s eye chilli mixed with dark soy sauce) as condiment.

Bihun Kari mixed with curry, added with mung bean sprout, fried tofu and red chillies sambal.

Bihun soto is in a yellow spicy chicken broth, served with chicken and potato cutlet.

Hokkien mee throughout Malaysia varies considerably due to regional differences.

Bihun Tom Yam is mixed with tom yam.

Laksa Sarawak is mixed with a base of sambal belacan, sour tamarind, garlic, galangal, lemon grass and coconut milk, topped with omelette strips, chicken strips, prawns, fresh coriander and optionally lime. Ingredients such as bean sprouts, (sliced) fried tofu or other seafood are not traditional but are sometimes added.

Mi Siam is a stir-fried style dish.


Alrighty! Let’s give this Ah Lai white curry rice vermicelli a try!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add vermicelli to 360-380ml boiling water (I’ll be using 370)ml). Cook vermicelli for 2-3 minutes (I’ll do 2 1/2) and add on sachet contents. Stir and enjoy!

The rice vermicelli.

A small seasoning sachet.

A granular mix.

The larger dry seasoning sachet.

A very light powder.

The paste sachet.

Smells good!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added fried fish ball, tau pok, mung bean sprouts, mint and red bell pepper. The rice vermicelli was as most – very thin. As always, I gave it a few slices with kitchen scissors to make it easier to eat. The bihun worked extremely well with the broth which is creamy, spicy and very curry! Excellent! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 9555133001758.

Here’s the wheat noodle version – Kari Mee Putih (White Curry Noodle) – 3.8oz [Pack of 12]

A video about a visit to a hawker stall for curry mee in Malaysia. Notice that there are both regular noodle and bihun. Also, check out the toppings.

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