If it's not for the Malaysian Food Fest this month, i probably would never knew of Kolo Mee. When i saw these dried kolo mee ( pic below) selling at a local confectionary shop here, i couldnt help to grab a packet of this, i remember reading kolo mee when Sharon of featsoffeats wrote about it being one of the popular food in Sarawak so i wanted to give it a try. I have never eaten Kolo mee, when i looked thru some of the kolo mee pictures in the internet, they look quite like a plate of wanton mee or hakka mee minus the darkness but if you read the reviews from those who've tried kolo mee in Sarawak and from fellow sarawakians, they will tell you how goooood it is, simple but fragrant and taste unique. There's even a blog ( sorry i couldnt remember which blog cos i was reading from blog to blog about kolo mee )and he or she was telling that even a bad kolo mee will still taste good so you can imagine how tasty it is this signature dish from Sarawak. Much of the flavours actually comes from the seasoning that is from shallot oil or pork lard, minced meat and also a little bit of vinegar. So after some conversation with Wendy, the organiser of Malaysian Food Fest, i had a better idea and came up with this version of kolo mee with a recipe guide from here. I've cooked this 2 times now since i have some leftover lard, not sure how close is this to the real kolo mee but it still taste good and nothing similar to wanton mee or hakka mee.
|dried kolo mee|
|wriggly and after cooked, much more springy than wanton mee ( egg noodles )|
|crispy pork lard and oil|
|it may appear dry but it's really not so after tossing with the oil ;)|
4 bundles of dried kolo mee
pork lard 120gm, washed and fry with 4 tbsp oil to obtain lard oil ( there will be leftover lard oil. Alternatively, you can use shallot oil. To make shallot oil, you can click here )
130gm minced pork marinate with 1.5tsp fish sauce,1/4 tsp soy sauce and 1/2 tsp of tapioca flour for about 1/2hour
3 tbsp lard oil( from the above )
3/4 tsp chicken powder
2.5 tsp rice vinegar
some green veggies ( boiled and cooked)
char siew ( bbq meat )
* There is also a halal version of kolo mee which uses beef in replacement of pork *
1. Fry the pork lard in oil till they turn brown and crispy ,remove and keep aside, leaving some oil in the wok to fry the marinated mince pork. When the meat is cooked , remove from fire and leave aside. If you want to put some fried shallots, you can also fry the sliced shallot after frying the pork lard, just remove them before putting in the meat to cook )
2. Mix all the seasonings in a bowl.
3. Cook the dried noodles in a pot of boiling water for about 2-3 minutes and drain the noodles. Pour some of the seasonings mixture in each serving plate and put in each serving of noodles and toss them with the oil.
Put some veggies and char siew( bbq meat ) and fried shallots in each plate and serve.
I am submitting this dish to Malaysian Food Fest ( Sarawak Month ) hosted by Sharon of featsoffeasts
A talented blogger friend, Kelly also just posted her kolo mee few days ago. You can also click here to see hers. For those of you who are staying in Ipoh, you can get the kolo mee at Jalan Yau Tet Shin, the confectionery shop next to the famous Lou Wong Taugeh Chicken.