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Mee Jawa

Mee Jawa




    • 1kg yellow noodles
    • 1kg medium prawns
    • 500g sweet potatoes, mashed
    • 50g gula melaka
    • 2-3 heaped tbsp cornstarch
    • 1/2 cup oil
    • salt and pepper
    • 2.5 l water

    Herb paste (blend or pound):

    • 3 stalks lemon grass
    • 6 shallots
    • 4 pips garlic
    • 4 cm ginger
    • 4 cm galangal
    • 5 red chillies


    Heat oil and fry the paste till fragrant.add prawn stock, simmer and bring to a boil. Stir in the mashed potatoes and thicken with the cornstarch and season with sugar and salt and pepper.

    Serve with fried tofu, slices of hard boiled egg, prawns, beansprouts, potatoes and a squeeze of lime juice.

    To make prawn stock: Bring 2.5 litre water to a boil and pour in the prawns. When prawns are cooked, dish them out. Shell the prawns and keep aside for the noodles. Return the prawn shells to the pot to make prawn stock. Continue boiling the stock for another 30 minutes. Discard the shells.

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tried it and says:

When one is far away from home, you tend to miss the simplest things. Mee Jawa is usually abundant and cheap in Malaysia, but here in the's hard to come by and/or very expensive. To top it up, it usually doesn't taste anything close! Peng, thanks for sharing this recipe. I was craving for Mee Jawa and lucky enough to find it on Kuali. It was very easy to make and both my husband and I enjoyed it.

Sprinkle some fried onions. It really brings the flavour to the next level! Also, serve with some cucumber strips not only gives it the refreshing taste, but adds color to the whole ensemble.

13 Jan 2008 5:46:00 AM


tried it and says:

It will be great, if you add in toasted groundnut, lime juice, some cooked chilli paste into non-vegetarian Jawa mee soup . The taste should be sweet & sour.

25 May 2006 4:45:00 PM