Clay Pot Noodles

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Clay Pot Noodles

Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed soupy noodles. One of the first dishes I learned to cook was beehoon soup or rice noodle soup, in addition to frying an egg and cooking rice. In my early teenage years, I would cook myself a pot of noodles very similar to Mee Suah Soup and snack on it. Those were the days when I could just eat and not worry about putting on weight. My brothers and I had very healthy appetites and Mom used to say we had “hollow legs”. Although I do not eat soupy noodles as a snack now, I still enjoy it every now and then for my lunch. It’s a great meal for one and is especially good cooked in a clay pot during the colder months.

Clay Pot Noodles, also known as nga poh meen or sar poh meen is a popular hawker dish in Malaysia. My absolute favorite food court to eat this was at Medan Selera in PJ Old Town. I remember always having to wait for it to come as it was so popular. The dish came piping hot, served in the individual claypot the noodles were cooked in. To add to the heat, bird’s eye chili on the side came with it. I would be perspiring at the end of the meal. It was delicious and totally worth it even though it was a little crazy eating this hot dish at noon time in the tropics! :oops:

Clay Pot Noodles

This dish is best cooked with pre-fried yee meen that comes in little bricks. Unfortunately I have not seen those here and so I use pancit canton. For more on the different types of noodles that may be used in this dish, please refer to my post Cantonese Fried Noodles. In fact, the ingredients for both dishes are similar except that this one is cooked in a clay pot and is more soupy. For a Japanese version of a noodle hotpot, do check out my Hōtō Nabe (Flat Noodles Miso Hot Pot) post.

Clay Pot Noodles

Clay Pot Noodles

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 11 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Clay Pot Noodles


  • 3 oz (80g) yee meen (pancit canton)
  • 2 oz (55g) minced pork
  • 5 shrimps, peeled and deveined
  • 1 leaf Napa cabbage
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups (480ml) stock or water
  • Salt and pepper
  • A few drops sesame oil


Heat oil in a small clay pot. Sauté garlic until fragrant. Add minced pork and let it brown for 2 minutes. Pour in stock or water. When it comes to a boil, season with salt and pepper and allow it simmer for another 5 minutes on medium heat. Add yee meen, shrimps, and Napa cabbage.

Finally crack in the egg. Place the lid on and continue to cook for 3 minutes.

Turn off heat and remove pot. Add a few drops of sesame oil and serve immediately.


Do not overcook the egg. It is usually left a little soft and runny like Onsen Tamago.

Clay Pot Noodles

My meal was complete with a cup of oolong tea. I was one happy camper!

Clay Pot Noodles

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8-)

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27 Responses

  1. Shu han says:

    that sounds delicious biren! I’ve only tried claypot rice, claypot noodles is a first for me!

  2. Biren this looks so warming and delicious!! I need to get myself a clay pot!

  3. What a beautiful and hearty soup. Thank you for also showing what noodles you used. I think I have seen these noodles at my Asian Market. I will get them since I know what to do with them now. :) I love the egg and shrimp too… really stunning. Have a great weekend! ~ Ramona

  4. PolaM says:

    What wonderful noodles! I have to learn how to make noodles like that! I have to try them!

  5. Hyosun Ro says:

    This noodle soup would be perfect for cold rainy days like today. Looks delicious and comforting. I like how you made it so simple.

  6. lovely presentation in the pot

  7. wok with ray says:

    Love this simple but delicious noodle soup. Have a good weekend, Biren!

    ~ ray ~

  8. bergamot says:

    looks good. I like the cooking style. Inspires me to own a clay pot.

  9. This is homey and delicious!

  10. I love your clay pot noodles. Quick and easy and looks very delicious.

  11. Delicious! I love the egg in there, nice!

  12. Nasifriet says:

    Biren, did you cook this clay pot noodles over a gas stove? I have an infrared stove top, so am wondering if it’s OK for the clay pot, but first, I have to get myself a claypot :-). Thanks for sharing.

    • Biren says:

      I have an electric ceramic stove and it works just as well. Cooking with clay pot is very efficient as I can keep the heat really low.

  13. Reeni says:

    My mouth is watering over your soupy noodles Biren! What a delectable bowl of soup! I would be super happy.

  14. Raymund says:

    I never had used that type of noodles for a soup dish, I think I had missed a lot. Your recipe looks amazing, I was glad PolaM introduced your blog, I love it

    • Biren says:

      Thanks for visiting Raymund! Pancit canton works really well in soupy dishes as it gets a chance to soften and soak up the tasty soup.

  15. I’m going to look for this noodle package. I hope it’s in my Asian store…. The texture of the noodle is something I would enjoy. When I find, you know what I’ll be cooking! This is a great lunch for me and my kids!

  16. tigerfish says:

    Oh how I want some of these noodles now! I can smell how delicious it is when the pot is served. LOVE that egg!

    And you make me want to cook this right away but alas..need to get some yee meen/pancit canton first.

  17. I love your clay pot! I have some clay pots and stoneware pots and pans that I use often, but I don’t think I can use them stovetop! I have seen these noodle before but didn’y buy them because I am not a shrimp eater. How much like shrimp to they taste? If not too strong I will pick some up. I know my daughter will love this she snacks on noodle soup now, and just yesterday she was asking for caggage :) Thanks for another interesting recipe from your home!

  18. Asmita says:

    Hi Biren,
    This looks so warm and comforting. This is totally my kind of soup. YUMMMY!!!

  19. This is best to eat when in a cold or raining day, feel so warm after eat this.

  20. Megan says:

    Love this post and love that it serves 1. Perfect for little ol me x

  21. I LOVE noodles, and a Vietnamese friend of ours once made us something very similar to this… Mmmmhhh

  22. I miss those days when I could eat anything and not gain weight. In those days I could eat two bowls of your wonderful soup and not gain a pound. :)

  23. What a comforting and enjoyable noodle dish…looks delicious :)

  1. April 13, 2014

    […] here at the Asian markets. These noodles have appeared in my Cantonese Style Fried Noodles, Clay Pot Noodles, and Pancit Canton recipes on this blog. Do check them […]

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