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Tom Yam Fried Bee Hoon (Rice Vermicelli)

Updated on July 25, 2020
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Peachpurple loves to cook assorted local recipes for her family and share with friends

Tom Yam Fried Rice Vermicelli


My story

During my younger days, my mum was a fantastic chef of the household. She had tried many ways to get me into the kitchen but I was never keen in stepping int a sticky kitchen without a fan.

Ironically, I learnt to cook through reading recipe blogs from scratch. Having to experienced lots of trials and errors, I am glad that I had managed to mix and match different sauces and ingredients to create my own recipes to share.


Fun Facts

Fried Rice Vermicelli is low in cholesterol, suitable to consume by elderly people, children and sick patients because it is easy to digest and does not make you feel bloated after a hearty meal.

Locally, it is fondly known as " Bee Hoon " or " Mi Fen" which are the Chinese pronunciation for Rice vermicelli. This thin, stick noodle blends well with any meats or seafood, any green leafy vegetables but the commonly used veggie is Chinese cabbage as it is extremely cheap in cost and the size of the head cabbage could last you a couple of weeks.

What is Rice Vermicelli?

Rice vermicelli are thin white noodles made from rice and a form of rice noodles. They are sometimes called as rice noodles or rice sticks in different countries.

Rice vermicelli are usually sold in a big packet which could yield at least 6 to 8 people at a cheap price ranging from $2 to $4, depending on the brands. They are dry form of noodles that you can stored up to several months. Rice vermicelli are often consume as a soup dish, stir fried or with thick gravy pour on top.

Tom Yum Paste

Tom Yum is a hot and sour spicy paste made from shrimps, lemon grass, kaffir leaves (lime ), galangal, lime juice, fish paste, red dried chillies and broth. The ingredients are grind into fine paste for easy cooking purpose. Best for stir fries and soups

Plain Beehoon or Tom Yam Beehoon

Plain beehoon is similar to plain white rice except that plain beehoon has its own soy sauce taste. You can choose various of side dishes to go along with this dish such as stir fry vegetables, fried pork meat, bull eye eggs and fish cakes. I love to spice up my plain beehoon with additional sambal and sometimes chilli sauce.

Today, I self modified my plain beehoon with mixture of Tom yam paste and other vegetable ingredients that I could find in my refrigerator. I love the spiciness and tanginess of Tom Yam taste which blends well with strips of carrots, cabbage and any kind of seafood.

The advantage of Tom Yam beehoon are, this dish is easy and quick to cook, half of the packet could yield at least 4 people and it can last the whole day without turning stale if you can't finish the beehoon at one mealtime. Just heat up the Tom Yam beehoon and savour the tasty meal at any time of the day.

Tom Yam Bee Hoon Recipe


This is a simple stir fry rice vermicelli ( Bee Hoon ) with pre-packed tom yam paste which you could buy at grocery shop, hypermarket or online store. It is either sold in glass jar or pre-packed sachets depending on your needs.

It is mild spicy, sweet and sourish flavor that blends well with any type of noodles, over night cooked rice and soups.

I am sure you will enjoy this Tom Yam recipe which is very easy to prepare for quick breakfast or lunch after school. Your family will enjoy this healthy, low cholesterol meal with a cup of cold beverage.

For kids, if you are worried they might dislike the taste, you could add in a teaspoon of light soy sauce and reduce the Tom Yam paste to 1 teaspoon instead.

Let's get cooking now !!

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 4 people
Slice red onions
Slice red onions | Source
Boil rice vermicelli into hot boiling water
Boil rice vermicelli into hot boiling water | Source
Tom yam paste, mild spicy
Tom yam paste, mild spicy | Source
Peel, cut carrot into sticks
Peel, cut carrot into sticks | Source

Ingredients to prepare

  • 5 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1/2 packet rice vermicelli, soaked in water
  • 2 sachets Tom yam paste
  • 6 shallots or 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 small lime, cut into half
  • 1/2 medium carrot, cut into long strips
  • one handful cabbage or any leafy vegetable, cut into strips for cabbage
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 stalks chives, cut into quarters
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • salt, pepper, to taste

How to boil the Beehoon

  • Bring 1/2 pot of water to boil
  • Strain the pre-soak beehoon into a colander.
  • When the water starts to form some bubbles, transfer the beehoon into the pot.
  • Let it boil under small fire.
  • When the beehoon turn soft, turn the heat off.
  • Pour the cooked beehoon into the colander under the running tap water to cool off the hot beehoon. This is to ensure the beehoon doesn't stick to each other.
  • Drain the water and keep the beehoon aside.

How to fry the shallots


• Heat oil and fry the sliced shallots until crispy and golden brown.

• Scoop up the fried shallots and press out the excess oil with the spatula.

• Keep aside for later use.

Instructions for Tom Yam Beehoon

  1. Remove 1/2 of the remaining oil.
  2. Stir fry chopped garlic, chives , cabbage, carrot under small fire.
  3. When the vegetables are almost cooked, move the vegetables to the side of the wok.
  4. Add a little oil in the center of the wok
  5. Pour in the beaten egg into the wok. Scramble the beaten egg.
  6. Mix the egg and vegetables together.
  7. Add in 2 sachets of Tom Yam paste, 1/2 tsp of sugar, 1/4 tsp of salt and a few dash of pepper.
  8. Stir a couple of minutes.
  9. Do not burn the paste.
  10. Quickly add in the pre-boiled beehoon.
  11. Stir fry quickly so that the paste is well combine with the beehoon.
  12. If the beehoon are too dry, add 1/2 bowl of warm water and keep stir fry until the Tom Yam paste covers all over the bihun.
  13. Fry until beehoon are almost dry.
  14. Turn off heat and transfer fried beehoon to plates to finish them off!
  15. Add lime if you prefer the sour taste.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 4
% Daily Value *
Fat 10 g15%
Carbohydrates 10 g3%
Protein 10 g20%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

© 2012 peachy


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    • peachpurple profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home


      thanks, do try and let me know how it turns out

    • celafoe profile image


      4 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      i definately will try this one this week

    • peachpurple profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Home Sweet Home


      thanks for reading. Get a packet of bihun and head to your kitchen now ! Best of luck

    • Vacation Trip profile image


      7 years ago from India

      This looks so delicious, I wish i could taste it. Thanks for sharing. Voted Up and awesome.

    • peachpurple profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Home Sweet Home


      Thanks for reading. You eat bihun as a sandwich? How odd....a snack, you mean?

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Yummy! I love bihon. That´s the name of this noodle in the Philippines. When there´s leftover, I eat this fried bihon as a sandwich. Now I´m hungry for this food;-) Thanks for sharing.

    • peachpurple profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Home Sweet Home


      Thanks for reading my Tom Yam recipe. I do hope that you will like the spicy sour taste. BTW, thanks for your vote. Much appreciated.

    • bethperry profile image

      Beth Perry 

      8 years ago from Tennesee

      Oh my, this sounds right up my alley - I love rice and pasta dishes, as well as shallots and garlic. This dish also looks easy to prepare so I'll definitely have to give it a try!

      I also love your photos. Thanks much for posting.

      Voting up.

    • peachpurple profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Home Sweet Home


      Do try. It is really simple and the tom yam taste blends well with the beehoon. Bet you r gonna like it!

    • CrisSp profile image


      8 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      This looks interesting! I like simple foods and noodles are often times on our dinner table because it's easy to prepare. And, since I love Tom Yam too, I'd surely try this. Thanks for sharing!


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