During our trip to Melaka we were really keen to try as much as possible of the Nyonya, or Peranakan food we could get our hands on. Melaka is a fantastic city in general for eating, and whiling days away doing little – we will definitely be going back.
Mee siam, or Siamese noodles is a one dish meal of fried vermicelli noodles, served quite dry and with a spicy but slightly sour sauce that coats the noodles.
The noodles are topped with a variety of additions including any combination of chicken, spring onions (scallions, salad onions) beansprouts, boiled egg shredded cucumber, sliced omelette, fish cake, tofu and fresh sambal.
We really enjoyed the sour spicy kick of the noodles with just enough gravy to lubricate without making it sloppy. It was almost like a fresh, noodle salad. According to some interest research there is also a variation in Singapore where a more wet gravy is preferred.
Mee siam is served with calamansi lime, a small sharp lime around the size of an avocado stone which usually has green unripe skin which develops to an orange colour.
Phrases worth knowing
Satu – One
Dua – Two
Tiga – Three
Hello – Hello
Apa kabar – are you well/ how are you?
salamat pagi – good morning
Salamt tingal – goodbye
sila (see luh) – please
Terima kasih – Thank you (people will often respond with ‘sama sama’ which means’ you’re welcome)
berapa harga – how much?
tidak pedas – no chilli
bungkus – Take away
Tidak – No
Ya – yes
Maaf – sorry
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