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A beautifully plated serving of Kua Mee, garnished with crushed peanuts and lime wedges, ready to delight the senses.

Kua Mee

Kua Mee, a beloved Thai dish, offers a tantalizing journey for your taste buds. The delightful combination of stir-fried noodles, aromatic herbs, and flavorful sauces creates a culinary masterpiece that's both comforting and exotic. Join us as we dive into the world of Kua Mee, exploring its origins, ingredients, and the art of crafting this delectable Thai treasure.

Kua Mee, often referred to as "fried noodles with black soy sauce," is a dish celebrated for its simplicity and depth of flavor. It embodies the essence of Thai cuisine, where sweet, salty, and umami flavors harmonize perfectly.

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To create this Kua Mee, gather the following key ingredients:

  • 8 oz of wide rice noodles

  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1/2 cup of sliced chicken, pork, or tofu (for a vegetarian option)

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tablespoons of dark soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce

  • 1 teaspoon of sugar

  • A handful of Chinese broccoli or your choice of vegetables

  • Crushed peanuts and lime wedges for garnish

Kua Mee Instructions:

Preparing the Noodles: Begin by soaking the wide rice noodles in warm water for about 30 minutes or until they become pliable but not mushy. Drain and set aside.

Searing the Protein: In a wok or large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add minced garlic and stir-fry for a few seconds until aromatic. Add your choice of protein (chicken, pork, or tofu) and cook until it's no longer pink and has a nice sear.

Scrambling the Eggs: Push the protein to one side of the wok, creating space. Crack two eggs into the empty space and quickly scramble them. Once the eggs are cooked, combine them with the protein.

Stir-Frying the Noodles: Add the drained rice noodles to the wok, tossing them with the protein and eggs. Cook for a minute or two until the noodles are heated through.

Saucing It Up: Pour in the dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar. Continue to stir-fry, ensuring the noodles are evenly coated with the sauce. The dark soy sauce will impart a rich color and deep flavor to the dish.

Adding Vegetables: Introduce your choice of vegetables, such as Chinese broccoli or any leafy greens. Stir-fry until the vegetables are tender yet vibrant.

Garnishing and Serving: Transfer your fragrant Kua Mee to a serving platter. Sprinkle crushed peanuts over the top for a delightful crunch and add lime wedges for a burst of citrusy freshness.

A bowl of savory sauce, featuring dark soy sauce and oyster sauce, ready to be drizzled over Kua Mee noodles.
Two scrambled eggs sizzling in a wok, a key ingredient in preparing delicious Kua Mee
Wide rice noodles stir-frying in a wok with a flavorful sauce, creating the mouthwatering Kua Mee dish.
A beautifully plated serving of Kua Mee, garnished with crushed peanuts and lime wedges, ready to delight the senses.

Kua Mee is a celebration of Thai flavors and culinary artistry. Its simplicity masks a complexity of taste that appeals to both the novice cook and the seasoned chef. Whether enjoyed at a street food stall in Bangkok or crafted in your own kitchen, this stir-fried noodle dish captures the heart and soul of Thai cuisine.

Invite the essence of Thailand into your home with Kua Mee. Each bite carries a symphony of flavors that will transport you to the bustling streets of Bangkok, where the aroma of sizzling noodles and aromatic herbs fills the air. Don't miss the opportunity to experience the savory sensation of Kua Mee for yourself.

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