Mee rebus

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By Terry Durack

Published 2002

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Sweet potato might not be the first ingredient that pops into your mind when you think about making a sauce for noodles, but when Malay hawker stall cooks use it to thicken this full-on gravy, the results are nothing short of miraculous.


  • 5 candlenuts or macadamias, crushed
  • 6 shallots, chopped
  • 2 slices of fresh


Using a mortar and pestle, pound candlenuts, shallot, ginger, garlic, chilli, galangal, curry powder and shrimp powder to a thick paste. Heat peanut oil in a hot wok and fry paste until it is warmly fragrant. Add beef and cook for 2 minutes. Add sugar and yellow bean sauce, stir through, then add sweet potato and stock. Mix well.

Cover noodles with boiling water in a heatproof bowl. Lea