Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Joe can cook! Episode 18: Drunken Chicken Mee Suah

A tradition practiced in the Wife's family is to have a birthday meal of mee suah and a red egg. Although this does not mean the fancy dinner should not be had as well. 

Well i don't know about you but the only experiences i had with mee suah is when i am usually not feeling too well.

Finding mee suah wasn't too hard, I managed to found some in the chinese grocery store in the city. The red egg? Well you shouldn't give in to the ladies all at once, maybe next year.

Well back to Mee Suah. How was i going to cook it?

Here lies in the beauty of cookbooks and the extraordinary series of MasterChef. 

When the second season in Australia finished after i just arrived in Malaysia, i set on downloading and watching my way through the 80 odd episodes (although i probably gave up after watching 20% of it).

In a particular episode, one of the contestants, Alvin (he's a born Malaysian, not surprising that the Malaysian media failed to acknowledge him as they usually would do when some random Malaysian succeed in a reality show or competition because he's gay) came up with this drunken chicken dish which left all the judges drooling. Come to think about it any asian influenced dish presented to the judges got them screaming in unison. You can't blame them when chinese food to them usually means fried honey chicken and spring rolls. 

So as i was saying, the drunken chicken mee suah. A simple chicken broth that is literally flavoured with shao hsing wine and mirin, wonderful with noodles and just absolutely brilliant if you are feeling under the weather.

Recipe (adapted from Masterchef):


1L shaoxing (Chinese rice wine) - I use slightly less, around 500 ml
500ml mirin - Again i use slightly less, around 250 ml
1-2L water, or enough to cover chicken - Same amount
80g gula melaka (Malaysian palm sugar) - Brown sugar if you don't have any palm sugar
1 whole chicken - Around 1.5kg 
4-6cm ginger, thickly sliced - Same amount
Spring onions (2 stalks) - My suggestion


1. Pour all the liquids into a pot and bring to boil. 
2. Put the chicken in and simmer for 45-60 minutes (depending on the size of the chicken). You want to ensure that the chicken is fully cooked yet not overcooked. Make sure that the liquid does not constantly bubble, the heat should be kept to the bare minimum. 
3. Cook your Mee Suah separately according to the packet.
4. Assemble by cutting or shredding the chicken as you wish, the noodles and lastly the broth. Garnish with coriander or parsley.

Voila, a wholesome chicken soup dish that i will always remember by heart.


CUMI & CIKI said...

so gorgeous one, ur cooking?! mine just looks like a lump of.. errrgh :P hahahaa

J said...

Gula melaka? Oh wow. Wonder how this yummy recipe tastes - the photo definitely has me SALIVATING. :D

Life for Beginners said...

I like, I like! I'd probably make mine more DRUNKEN though... *hic!*


UnkaLeong said...

Hmmm...general rule of thumb, equal parts of alcohol to equal parts of water ;) But if you want it with more kick feel free to increase alcohol ratio :P

Good Job Nips!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

unkaleong: wah sounds like yours a really drunken version!

kenny: haha drunk to the max eh.

j: it tastes good..i can tell you.

c&c: sure or not..

eiling lim said...

wah after this, you can also join masterchef! Looks great and very nice presentation!

tInKy said...

it looks so delicious! definitely gonna try it out one day! :D

Thanks for the recipe! :)

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Looks good Joe! When you come back to KL, please convince rif that to cook dinner for me...pass him ALL your recipes. =P

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Yummy! Best of all, most of the ingredients are readily available in the kitchen. I'm gonna try this recipe! I like the gula melaka touch.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ll: not only that, you just need to dump everything into the pot!

bbabe: im sure he cooks for u regardless haha.

tinky: easy for students like urself, isnt?

eiling: oh pls, i probably wont make it on the TV or make it on the TV as a case of embarrassment.

Baby Sumo said...

Looks very pro, nicely presented too.

Jason said...

That's a really nice bowl of drunken mee suah! Great job!

Michelle Chin said...

I only have mee suah when I'm sick too! At some point, I was kinda scared of eating mee suah because once, I threw up after eating it. :( That time, I actually had fever for three weeks. T_T

Coketai said...

With no time we will find Joe Can Cook book on

Joe, better to publish the book in Australia than in Malaysia..ha!ha!


minchow said...

Looks super!! Now the trick is to not down the rice wine before it goes into the dish!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

minchow: haha well if its vintage rice wine, i worry for you!

coketai: haha such compliments thank u!

mchin: haha too much of something is also not a good thing.

jason: thanks!

babysumo: yeah purposely try to plate it properly instead of a blob and soup.

qwazymonkey said...

It's sad isn't it to not acknowledge a person just because of his sexual preferences. Sighs.

Anyway, lovely job with the mee suah and chicken. Both the noodles and chicken looks perfectly done and i'm sure the wine-mirin broth taste lovely. Thanks for sharing this with us. I'll dream of the day I can actually taste the dish :)

By the way, Happy New Year to the both of you!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

qwazymonkey: im sure the aussies were supporting him all the way! ur dream shouldnt last too long, it is easy to make!

babe_kl said...

wow you so terror, perhaps one day could enter MasterChef too ;-)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

babekl: haha i b happy as part of the audience.