Tuesday, 18 April 2006

The Food That I'd Die For # 4

Talk about Malaysian food, one of the topper would be mamak food. The Indian Muslims in Malaysia are fondly addressed as Mamak. Mamak food are very famous in Malaysia. Everybody loves them. So do I. To name a few most popular mamak food would be rojak, nasi kandar, roti canai, murtabak, fish head curry and mee goreng mamak. Mee goreng mamak literally means mamak style fried noodles. It is indeed very rich in taste.

To fulfill my crave for the mee goreng mamak, I tried whipping it up by myself. As the normally used wet yellow noodles are unavailable here, I tried to innovate mee goreng mamak to pasta goreng mamak. Just substituted the noodles with pasta.

Pasta Goreng Mamak (Mamak Style Fried Pasta)

What do we need:

3 cups penne or any other pasta
1 1/2 cup bean sprouts or shredded cabbage
1 tomato, chopped coarsely
1 large onion
3 cloves garlic
3 dried chillies (depends to the hotness desired)
1/2 cup peanuts
1/4 cup dried shrimps
2 tbsp chilli sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp tomato ketchup

How do we do it:

Cook the peanuts with water until soft. Drain and leave to cool. Then, remove the skin and set aside.

Boil a pot full of water with a generous amount of salt. Cook pasta in the boiling water to al dente or until the time specified on the pasta package. When cooked, drain and set aside.

Soak the dried chillies until soft. Grind them with washed dried shrimps, the cooked peanuts, onion and garlic. Heat oil in a wok and fry the ground ingredients. When the oil rises to the top, add the bean sprouts or shredded cabbage.

When the the vegetable has cooked, add the cooked pasta, chopped tomato and the seasonings. Stir thoroughly to mix well. Serve hot with lime wedges.


Sarah said...

tht was indeed an inspiration..
Teach me how to make Bihun goreng..like the akkas in the pasar malam do.. My oldest daughter is craving for it.. and mama's doesn't taste anywhere near her fav noodles..

Lakshmi said...

dish looks to good.

Vee said...

Oh...that looks all kind of hot and spicy...will have to make it soon..

mrs reader said...

hello.. was bloghoppping and found yours.. your pasta goreng mamak looks yummy! u must be missing malaysian food like crazy :)
must felt very nice living in swiss..i'd trade myself with u anytime to go there heheh

piriyamudan amma said...

wow!looks colourful! I am sure it would taste as fine as well:)

rokh said...

wow knew to me! pasta goreng mamak!

Anjali said...

Hi Pushpa, oh how much I miss mamak food. I like nasi goreng, nasi lemak, roti canai, etc.. I think I haven't found anything I disliked in malaysian food....so far! Oh this reminds me of bangsar very much!!

Nandita said...

Is there anyway a vegetarian like me can modify the recipe and yet retain the taste? It looks very good and hot!

fooDcrazEE said...

oh my goodness....thats delish......

Puspha said...

Sarah: I have never eaten fried mee hoon from pasar malam but my mom's recipe is a great one. Will get it from her & fry once.

Lakshmi: Thank u.

Vee: Tell me how u like it.

Mrs Reader: welcome to my blog. Tell me bout m'sian food I'll go nuts.
Holidaying in Switzerland wuld b a great idea but don't ever think of living here. Ur life will bcome an empty box.

Piriyamudan amma: U bet it wuld.

Rachel: Got to be innovative when we r desperate for something. :)

Anjali: Talk about m'sian food, never ending story. Do u go to M'sia frequently? It is a food & shopping haven. I'm from KL. Can u imagine how much i wuld miss home & food?

Nandita: Well, u can omit the dried shrimps. Add some fried tofu.

Mike: Thanx. I wanna go home & dive into the food there.

ramya said...

interesting malaysian recipe and thanks for inspiration.

kanda said...

Looks yummy but the color is soooo scary…..!!!!!

Puspha said...

Ramya: Thank u.

Kanda. Thanx. Y scarry? B brave lah, don´t b scared.

Anjali said...


I was in KL for abt a year and loved the food.. no complaints!! Man .. you would definitely miss the food there! Where were u in KL? I stayed in Damansara.

Puspha said...

Ashwini: From the day I was born till the day I left Malaysia, I lived in Kampung Pandan. Itz in between Ampang & Cheras. A 7 mins driving from the Twin Towers.

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