My Ayah is known to have many friends. Since we were young, it is often to see that he brings his friends over for lunch or dinner. And Mak, being very good in the kitchen, has never failed to prepare sumptuous dishes for the (usually unannounced) guests.
Well, did I tell you that Mak used to run a small stall, serving all kinds of fried rice and noodles? Ayah, being very friendly, had told one of his friends about Mak’s stall and as fate had decided, this one particular friend is actually a ‘mi bandung’ seller. He was willing to share his mi bandung recipe. Through a phone conversation with my Mak, I managed to prepare the dish using the ingredients that Mak stated, without any exact measurements. The verdict? Mr KHz enjoyed it to the last slurp!
- 10 shallots (finely ground)
- 3 pips of garlic (finely ground)
- 15 pieces of dried chillies (seeded, blanched in boiling water, drained and finely ground)
- 5 tablespoonful of toasted, ground peanuts (finely ground)
- 5 pieces of Marie biscuits (finely ground)
- 250g of beef
- 1 beef stock cube
- 1 L of water
- 10-12 medium-size prawns (I leave them unpeeled)
- 3 tablespoonfuls of chilli sauce
- 2 tablespoonfuls of tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoonfuls of sugar
- salt to taste
- 1kg of yellow noodles (blanched in hot water)
- 4 eggs
- 4 pieces of beancurd (deep fried and thinly sliced)
- 2 bunches of mustard green (cut into 1 inch length, blanched anddrained)
(B) Garnishing :
- deep fried shallot slices
- finely chopped spring onions
- In a large pot, heat up oil and stir fry ground shallots, garlic and chilli paste till fragrant and the oil separates from the gravy.
- Then, put in beef slices and keep on stirring. Next, pour in the water and let to boil over moderate heat.
- Once your beef pieces have soften, put in beef stock cube, ground peanuts and Marie biscuits. Let to boil one more time.
- When you can see the gravy is boiling, add in tomato and chilli sauce. Add salt and sugar to taste. Keep on stirring till gravy is thickened. Then add your prawns.
- As for the eggs, pour some gravy into a non stick pan over medium heat. Crack an egg into the gravy and cook till the yolk hardens and put into the pot of gravy. Repeat with the remaining eggs.
- To serve, put some noodles in a serving bowl and top with sliced beancurd, blanched mustard greens and the garnishing. Spoon the gravy on top.