Mee Suah Soup (Wheat Vermicelli Soup) – a quick and easy comfort food that takes only minutes to prepare. Add or substitute with ground pork for a heartier flavor.
Mee Suah Soup (Wheat Vermicelli Soup) is a Chinese comfort food. Like Chicken Rice Porridge (Congee), it can be eaten any time of the day and is often served during convalescence. I grew up eating this dish and continue to enjoy it until this day. My mom usually makes the soup with dried anchovies. Occasionally, she would add some ground pork if she has it on hand.
Whole dried anchovies can be purchased in small bags at the Asian grocery stores. Keeping them in the refrigerator helps it stay fresh for a longer period of time. Whenever I visit my mom, I get to bring home several bags of cleaned and peeled anchovies. She will buy a few kilograms of these tiny dried fish and spent days removing the heads and bones and finally sealing them into bags for me. Now, that’s a labor of love!
Chinese wheat vermicelli is a very thin variety of salted noodles. It originated in Fujian, China and is different from rice sticks or bean threads. Easily available at the Asian grocery stores, it usually comes packaged in flat boxes. Inside the box are little bundles of vermicelli tied with a red string. Each bundle is a little over an ounce (about 35g) and is sufficient for one serving. Japanese somen has a similar taste and texture and may be used in place of mee suah (wheat vermicelli).
Mee Suah Soup (Wheat Vermicelli Soup) - a quick and easy comfort food that takes only minutes to prepare. Add or substitute with ground pork for a heartier flavor.
- 4 bundles mee suah (Chinese wheat vermicelli)
- 6 stalks baby bok choy (sliced in half lengthwise)
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup dried anchovies (cleaned)** (25g)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 6 cups water (1.5 liters)
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 green onions (finely sliced)
- Sesame oil
Rinse and soak dried anchovies for 10 minutes. Drain.
Heat vegetable oil in a medium sized pot. Fry anchovies for about 2 minutes. Add garlic and fry for another minute. Pour in water. Bring to a boil and season with salt*** and pepper. Reduce heat and allow soup to simmer for 5 minutes. Break in the eggs and lightly break yolks with a pair of chopsticks. Add bok choy and mee suah and allow to cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
Turn off heat. Divide into 4 bowls, garnish with green onions and a few drops of sesame oil. Serve immediately.
**If you prefer not to use dried anchovies, it may be substituted with 4 oz (115g) ground pork. Alternatively, omit the anchovies and use 6 cups (1.5 liters) chicken stock.
***Mee suah (wheat vermicelli) is salty. Give it a taste test before adding salt.
Mee Suah Soup is best eaten as soon as it is cooked as the vermicelli tends to soak up the soup very quickly and become overly soft.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎