I think I’ve shared this story before about this Ah Lian who showed up at a coffee shop where her friends were having breakfast and seeing that they were all having beef noodles, she exclaimed, “Aiyor!!! You all not scared of crazy cow disease kah?” LOL!!!
And talking about the crazy…I mean, mad cow disease, some of you may recall that we used to get Bovril, made from beef extract, from the UK and when the disease surfaced, it was taken off the shelves. Eventually, it reappeared but this time around, it was made from yeast extract – just like Marmite. These days, we can get the original (made from beef) at some places here but they’re not easily available and are very expensive.
Now, actually, I’ve blogged about tossing noodles or mee sua with Bovril more than once but the other day, when I shared a photograph of the Bovril mee sua I had for breakfast on Facebook, it caused quite a stir…and sent one of my readers/commenters, goldflower, out right away to grab a bottle and cook her own Bovril kampua noodles and she literally fell crazy in love with it.
Well, in case you missed it, this was the Bovril mee sua that I cooked…
…and to cook that, you can fry some sliced shallots in a tablespoon or two of cooking oil till golden brown and pouring that onto a plate, add a teaspoon of Bovril, some chopped spring onions and chili sauce. I used the chili dip that my missus made for our steamboat dinner sometime ago – blended chilies plus garlic and lime. Just boil the mee sua and drain…and toss it in the ingredients and your breakfast is ready. You may want to add a pinch of msg, if you so desire…but I did not and it tasted just as good without it. I had some leftover boiled pork slices so I added those and I also fried an egg to go with it.
If you’re very diligent and you would not want your noodles to stick together, you can do what the kolo mee man does – cook the noodles in boiling water, drain and rinse in cold water (to remove the excess starch) and put in the boiling water again to heat it up once more before draining and tossing it in the ingredients prepared…and if you have lard, you can use that instead of the usual cooking oil and it will bring the taste to a whole new level, believe you me.
Go ahead! Give it a try! It is so easy…and the best part, of course, is that it is nicer than most noodles that you can get at the shops.