I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED THIS DISH. MY FATHER WOULD COOK THIS EVERY TIME HE HAD HIS MATES OVER — IT WAS THE PERFECT DRINKING FOOD. YOU CAN USE EITHER THAI OR MALAY CURRY POWDER IN THIS RECIPE, AS LONG AS THE COLOUR IS RED AND THE FLAVOUR IS HOT. THE BEEF CAN BE SUBSTITUTED WITH EEL OR MAKE IT SIMPLY WITH VEGETABLES ALONE.
Put the bean thread vermicelli in a bowl, cover with water and soak for 20 minutes, then drain. Use kitchen scissors to cut the vermicelli into 10cm (4inch) lengths. Put the mushrooms in a bowl, cover wi