Easy Singapore Noodles (星洲炒米粉)

Singapore noodles is one of the most popular takeout dishes. The thin rice noodles are tossed in a curry sauce with shrimp, Chinese BBQ pork, onions, and peppers. It’s so scrumptious and bursting with flavor. {Vegetarian adaptable, Gluten-free adaptable}

Easy Singapore Noodles served in plates

It is a matter of debate where this dish really originated. Some sources says it’s from Hong Kong, while others say Malaysia. It’s definitely not from Singapore, I’ve been told. Back in China, this is a must-have dish on the menus of all the Cantonese restaurants. So for me, this is a classic Cantonese dish we usually order alongside dim sum.

Living in the US, I sometimes crave a nice big plate of fried noodles. When I happen to have homemade char siu BBQ pork on hand, it’s rather convenient. However, more often than not, I want to use whatever I have in the fridge to fix dinner instead of running to an Asian market to buy char siu.

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That’s why I created this recipe. I want to show you how easy it is to create authentic tasting Singapore noodles that are as good as the Chinese restaurant version using ingredients that are easy to find.

Singapore chow fun noodles loaded with shrimp, pork, egg, onion, and pepper.

Cooking notes

1. Use the correct rice noodles

Singapore noodles always use the super thin type of rice noodles, or vermicelli. I use Wei Chuan brand when I can find it, but many other brands work too. You can find the noodles in an Asian market, as well as on Amazon.

To use the rice noodles, you need to pre-soak them until tender. Follow the instructions on the package. If the package does not include instructions, soak the noodles for 10 to 15 minutes, and check their texture during the process. You want the noodles al-dente before cooking, so they will be cooked perfectly after the stir fry.

Dried Rice Vermicelli

2. Flexible protein ingredients

Singapore noodles usually use shrimp, char siu pork, and eggs as key ingredients. In this recipe, I used some ground turkey to replace the char siu pork and the dish turned out beautifully. Of course you can use any ground meat you prefer. You can also use any combination of proteins and still make this dish work. For example, swap the shrimp with more ground meat, skip the eggs, etc.

3. How to make this dish vegetarian or vegan

You can make this dish vegetarian by using a block of tofu to replace the protein (shrimp, ground meat, and eggs). Cut the tofu into small cubes and fry them until golden. Then you can toss them with the noodles. The dish will turn out just as delicious.

4. How to make this dish gluten-free

Simply use dry sherry to replace the Shaoxing wine. And use tamari or coconut aminos to replace the soy sauce.

Easy Singapore Noodles served in plates with cilantro on the side

Final thought

A plate of beautiful Singapore noodles might look super challenging to make at first. But once you try it, you’ll be surprised how easy it is. You don’t need a wok or a gas stove. Yep, I have an electric stove at home and I use a nonstick skillet. But as long as you follow a solid recipe and use the right ingredients, you’ll recreate the Chinese restaurant experience right in your own kitchen.

Happy cooking and I hope you enjoy the dish!

Easy Singapore noodles loaded with shrimp, pork, egg, onion, and pepper.

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Easy Singapore Noodles (Singapore Mei Fun) - An Authentic recipe that teaches you how to create the best Singapore noodles loaded with shrimp, pork, and eggs, with a flavorful curry sauce. The dish is gluten-free and vegetarian adaptable. #asian #veggie #healthy #stirfry #chinese
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Easy Singapore Noodles (星洲炒米粉)

Singapore noodles is one of the most popular takeout dishes. The thin rice noodles are tossed in a curry sauce with shrimp, Chinese BBQ pork, onions, and peppers. It’s so scrumptious and bursting with flavor. {Vegetarian adaptable, Gluten-free adaptable}
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: takeout
Servings: 2
Calories: 739kcal
Author: Maggie Zhu

Ingredients

  • 4 oz (110 g) dried rice noodles
  • (Optional) chopped cilantro for garnish

Sauce

Stir Fry

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 2 large eggs , beaten
  • 1/2 lb (225 g) shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 lb (225 g) ground meat (or sliced char siu, or sliced ham)
  • 1/2 small onion , sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1 bell pepper , thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Place vermicelli noodles in a large bowl and cover with boiling water. Soak according to package instructions. Once done, drain and set aside.
  • Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Stir to mix well.
  • Heat 1/2 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add the eggs. Cook and stir to scramble the eggs until just cooked through. Transfer to a plate.
  • Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil and ground pork. Cook and break up the pork, until cooked through. Transfer pork to the plate with the egg.
  • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, onion, garlic, and ginger. Cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes, until the onion just starts to turn soft. Add the shrimp and the bell pepper. Cook and stir until the shrimp turn white.
  • Add the noodles and the sauce mixture. Add back the cooked shrimps and egg. Toss with a pair of tongs to mix everything together. Transfer to serving plates immediately.
  • Garnish with cilantro, if using. Serve hot as a main dish.

Nutrition

Serving: 2g | Calories: 739kcal | Carbohydrates: 67.7g | Protein: 57.2g | Fat: 25.9g | Saturated Fat: 5.9g | Cholesterol: 428mg | Sodium: 1590mg | Potassium: 931mg | Fiber: 3.5g | Sugar: 9.5g | Calcium: 11% | Iron: 25%
Easy Singapore Noodles (Singapore Mei Fun) - An Authentic recipe that teaches you how to create the best Singapore noodles loaded with shrimp, pork, and eggs, with a flavorful curry sauce. The dish is gluten-free and vegetarian adaptable. #asian #veggie #healthy #stirfry #chinese

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3 thoughts on “Easy Singapore Noodles (星洲炒米粉)

  1. Stuart

    Another great recipe: quick to put together and full of flavor. Made extra char sui for some pork buns later on. Keep the noodle dishes coming.
    THANKS Ms. Zhu !!!

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  2. Theresa

    So delicious and quick to make. I used ground chicken instead of pork and the flavour was so authentic. I love your recipes!

    Reply