Spicy Curry Mee (Curry Laksa) Recipe That Will Not Disappoint You

Curry Mee  or Mee Kari in Malay is also known as Curry Laksa, is an all time Malaysian favorite dish
Curry Mee or Mee Kari in Malay is also known as Curry Laksa, is an all time Malaysian favorite dish | Source

Malaysia's Mee Kari

This spicy Curry Mee or Curry Noodle is loaded with flavor and I must warn you, it can be addictive. It may have a long list of ingredients and will take a while to prepare, but trust me, it is worth the effort.

For this recipe I use the easily available pre-prepared curry powder instead of preparing it from scratch. Hence, this will not only save some considerable time, but is also easy and convenient.

If you want to reduce the hot and spicy taste, you can opt not to use the chilli paste.

Malaysian Food

Curry Mee is an all-time Malaysian favorite dish and is uniquely Malaysian as it is a marriage of Chinese noodles and Indian curry.

Malaysia, a multiethnic and multicultural country has several of its favorite dishes that combine common food ingredients from its three main ethnic groups, the Malays, the Chinese and the Indians.

As the name implies, Curry Mee or Mee Kari in our Malaysian language, is a noodle based food in curry sauce. In some parts of Malaysia, it is known as Curry Laksa, which is milder and not so hot and spicy.

Try it and you will love it.

Curry Mee Recipe Rating

4.3 stars from 3 ratings of Curry Mee (Curry Laksa)
Prep time: 40 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: A good serving for three people
Some of the ingredients for Curry Mee
Some of the ingredients for Curry Mee | Source

A. Ingredients for the Best Curry Mee Recipe

  • 1 packet (500g) fresh yellow noodles, lightly blanched
  • 6 pieces chicken breast, skin removed
  • 200g bean sprouts, trimmed & lightly blanched
  • 3 stalk kai choy (Chinese mustard/sawi), cut into 2-inch pieces and lightly blanched
  • 1 packet fish balls (about 10 pieces), cut each fish ball into halves
  • 1 packet fish cakes (about 4 pieces), slice into several pieces
  • 200 gm medium sized prawns, parboiled and shelled. Keep prawn broth for use later
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, halved
  • 3 calamansi lime (limau kasturi), halved
  • 1 stalk spring onion, finely sliced
  • 500g clams, blanched, then remove the shell
  • 2 pieces tofu (tahu) or bean curd, cut to 6 slices, then fry until slightly golden color
  • 3 tablespoon dried shrimps, soak in hot water for about 10 minutes, then pound or blend
  • 6 pieces tofu puffs
  • 6 tablespoon sambal (optional), you can use the ready-made sambal sold in bottles or make one yourself
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) vegetable oil

B. Ingredients for the Curry

  • 3 tablespoon curry powder (you can use any curry powder, but I prefer fish curry powder from Baba)
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste (then mix with 5 tablespoon of hot water. Sieve and keep aside this tamarind water)
  • 1 inch (2.5 cm cinnamon stick)
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 cardamom
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 tbsp. chili paste, (only if you like your Curry Mee hot and spicy)
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 5 curry leaves
  • 1 stalk Vietnamese mint (daun kesum)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • salt to taste

C. Ingredients to be Blended and use in the Curry

  • 2 stalk lemongrass, slice bottom thirds into rings
  • 1 inch (2.54 cm) ginger, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) galangal (lengkuas), peeled and thickly sliced
  • 5 shallots (red onions), peeled and halved
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and thickly sliced

Instructions for Curry Mee

  1. Mix curry powder with the tamarind water. Put it aside.
  2. Blend all the ingredients in item "C" (lemongrass, ginger, galangal, shallots, garlic, onion) until fine.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a large pot and stir fry the cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise and cardamom until fragrant (about 3 minutes). Then, add the ingredients that were blended earlier, and fry till light brown
  4. Add in the curry powder/tamarind water paste and the chilli paste. Stir fry for about 4 minutes or when oil separates (pecah minyak). Then, add the pounded dried shrimps and fry for another minute
  5. Next, add in the chicken pieces and curry leaves and stir for another 5 minutes
  6. Then, slowly pour the 3 cups of the prawn broth and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for another 15 minutes
  7. Add in the fish balls, fish cakes, tofu puffs and daun kesum (Vietnamese mint), brown sugar and salt to taste and the 2 cups of coconut milk and bring it to a boil.
  8. Place the blanched bean sprouts, clams, prawns, kai choy, boiled eggs, the finely chopped spring onions, calamansi lime and sambal in compartment serving dish
  9. Divide the blanched yellow noodles into three different bowls. Pour the curry soups with chicken pieces, fish balls and fish cakes into these bowls.
  10. Then, topped with the blanched bean sprouts, clams, prawns, halved boiled eggs and spring onions.
  11. Squeeze the calamansi lime if desired. Add sambal for the added hot and spicy flavor
  12. Serve immediately

Some of the Ingredients Again in Photo

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Vietnamese mint (daun kesum) is not a common ingredient for Curry Mee, but I highly recommend that you use it for the added flavorBeansprout has many health benefits and must not be overcooked.  A quick blanch or light steam is good enough for your Curry Mee.Fish ball is a common ingredient used in many Chinese noodle recipes including Curry Mee recipeFish cake is another common Chinese food ingredient, which I love to have in my Curry MeeCalamansi lime (limau kasturi) is an excellent condiment for your Curry Mee as its sweet and sour taste will make your Mee Kari even more  deliciousClam (kerang) is rich in iron, but it can also be potentially high in contaminants. So use clams in moderation in your Curry Mee.Lemon grass with its many health benefits will also give your Curry Mee a unique flavorTofu (tahu) or bean curd is packed with protein and other nutrients, but low in calories!Dried shrimps (udang kering) with its sweet and unique flavor to give the additional punch to your Curry MeeChinese mustard (sawi)  is very popular in Chinese cooking and its slightly  bitter taste will give a nice contrast in flavor in your Curry Mee
Vietnamese mint (daun kesum) is not a common ingredient for Curry Mee, but I highly recommend that you use it for the added flavor
Vietnamese mint (daun kesum) is not a common ingredient for Curry Mee, but I highly recommend that you use it for the added flavor
Beansprout has many health benefits and must not be overcooked.  A quick blanch or light steam is good enough for your Curry Mee.
Beansprout has many health benefits and must not be overcooked. A quick blanch or light steam is good enough for your Curry Mee.
Fish ball is a common ingredient used in many Chinese noodle recipes including Curry Mee recipe
Fish ball is a common ingredient used in many Chinese noodle recipes including Curry Mee recipe
Fish cake is another common Chinese food ingredient, which I love to have in my Curry Mee
Fish cake is another common Chinese food ingredient, which I love to have in my Curry Mee
Calamansi lime (limau kasturi) is an excellent condiment for your Curry Mee as its sweet and sour taste will make your Mee Kari even more  delicious
Calamansi lime (limau kasturi) is an excellent condiment for your Curry Mee as its sweet and sour taste will make your Mee Kari even more delicious
Clam (kerang) is rich in iron, but it can also be potentially high in contaminants. So use clams in moderation in your Curry Mee.
Clam (kerang) is rich in iron, but it can also be potentially high in contaminants. So use clams in moderation in your Curry Mee.
Lemon grass with its many health benefits will also give your Curry Mee a unique flavor
Lemon grass with its many health benefits will also give your Curry Mee a unique flavor
Tofu (tahu) or bean curd is packed with protein and other nutrients, but low in calories!
Tofu (tahu) or bean curd is packed with protein and other nutrients, but low in calories!
Dried shrimps (udang kering) with its sweet and unique flavor to give the additional punch to your Curry Mee
Dried shrimps (udang kering) with its sweet and unique flavor to give the additional punch to your Curry Mee
Chinese mustard (sawi)  is very popular in Chinese cooking and its slightly  bitter taste will give a nice contrast in flavor in your Curry Mee
Chinese mustard (sawi) is very popular in Chinese cooking and its slightly bitter taste will give a nice contrast in flavor in your Curry Mee

Other Versions of Curry Mee Recipe

Curry Mee is a very versatile dish and you can add other ingredients to suit your taste.

You can add meat instead of chicken. For a 100% seafood version, use prawns, squids and clams as the main ingredients.

You can also swap the yellow noodles with rice vermicelli (mee-hoon) or kway teow, the flat & thick rice noodles. Although these are the alternatives, personally I think yellow noodle is the best for Curry Mee.

Anyway, be adventurous and give it a go.

Simple and Quick Curry Mee Recipe

If you love Curry Mee and do not have the time to prepare using this recipe, then try my other version that uses Instant Noodles for that quick and easy style.

Click on Simple Curry Mee Recipe Using Instant Noodle for the recipe.

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  4. Another recipe that uses over-ripe banana: Easy Cekodok Pisang or Malaysian Mashed Banana Fritters Recipe using Overripe Bananas

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greatstuff 18 months ago from Malaysia Author

Wow., Thanks, look forward to your review jcsteele.


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jcsteele 18 months ago from Florida

I think we have one if so i will check it out. I'll let you know how it ends up.


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greatstuff 18 months ago from Malaysia Author

Hi jcsteele, you must give it a try. I am not sure if there's any Singaporean/Indonesian/Malaysian restaurant in Florida. If there's any, check out if this dish is in their menu. If they have, give it a shot and let me know what you think of it. Thanks for dropping by.


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jcsteele 18 months ago from Florida

Very inventive recipe.


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greatstuff 2 years ago from Malaysia Author

Kristina, curry laksa is yummy and I am sure you will love it. It is a bit tedious to make, but you will be well rewarded. Thanks for dropping by and have a good day.


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Kristina4goodfood 2 years ago from Kenosha, WI

Hello. I love curry, and this recipe has lots of helpful information and you make it all sound so clear and almost easy to make although a bit time-consuming. Thank you!


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greatstuff 2 years ago from Malaysia Author

teaches12345, the ingredients for Curry Mee will not only spice up the dish, but are also healthy, except for the coconut milk!!! You can replace it with low fat milk, but unfortunately the final taste isn't that great. Thanks for the visit.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I love curry dishes and this one has a variety of great food ingredients to spice up the meal. Thanks for sharing.


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greatstuff 2 years ago from Malaysia Author

Hi Journey *, Curry Mee is one of the Malaysian food that is sold and many believed, best eaten at the hawker food stalls. It is rarely cooked at home, but with prices of things including hawker food going up and up, it makes sense to cook it at home! Thanks for the visit and have a great weekend.


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Journey * 2 years ago from USA

Hi greatstuff,

Thank you for sharing this recipe. It looks great. I love both seafood and curry. I really enjoyed the Malaysian dishes I have tried but I never tried this one before. Voted up and interesting.

Best,

Journey *


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greatstuff 2 years ago from Malaysia Author

Hi Mel, thanks for being the first to comment. I hope your son will give this Curry Mee recipe a try.


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Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

Sounds scrumptious. My son is a big fan of curry, I'll pass this along.

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