After writing ‘Malaysian Meals In 30 Minutes’ a common question I get is “Do you cook everyday?”. The answer is “Almost everyday”. I will have homecooked food if I don’t have meetings, attend events, travel and treat my Mom for dinner.
I have homecooked food by default. I wouldn’t go to a nearby mamak to have mee mamak just because I don’t feel like cooking. When I don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen, I’ll whipped up a simple but nutritious meal. It could be a simple 2 minutes egg sandwich or a 5 minutes homemade instant noodles.
I know that Malaysians really love their instant noodles! My attempt to replicate Maggi Curry Noodles was a hit. However, one complain is that it takes too much time. So I came up with something simpler. The basic includes miso, ikan bilis powder and rice noodles. It’s not too much an effort to put this together.
Rice noodles (bihun) x 1
Miso x 1 tbsp
Ikan bilis powder x 2 tsp (recipe)
Water x 1.5 cup
Salt x 1 tsp
Dried seaweed (optional) x 1 tsp
Fried shallots (optional) x 1 tbsp
Glass jar with lid
- Place miso, ikan bilis powder and salt into the jar.
- Put noodles in it.
- Put whatever ingredients you like e.g fried shallots, spring onions, tofu, etc.
- Pour hot water into the glass jar and close the lid to let it cook.
- Enjoy your healthy instant noodles!
- If it’s too bland for you; add some chili flakes, chopped chili or spicy sauce. I usually add a teaspoon of korean chili paste (gochujang) at step 1.
- If you order delivery pizza, keep those packet chili flakes to spice things up.
- If you don’t want to make ikan bilis powder, buy miso with dashi in it.
- Do put more fresh ingredients in it. I like it with tofu, kimchi and/or an egg.
- The soup is not too salty which means you can drink it all up. Though do note that sodium content for miso is considered high.
What’s your favourite instant noodles?