Fried Vermicelli [Nyonya Style - From Scratch]

Nyonya Style Fried Vermicelli

I like vermicelli very much, especially fried vermicelli. I can eat one big plate if do not have to worry about calories. T did not like it when we first met but his taste buds have changed over the years. He is now also a vermicelli lover, as much as I do. As for little J, he loves it too but he will make a mess feeding himself with vermicelli landed around his highchair as if he was having a haircut!

Simple fried vermicelli is the most frequent vermicelli dish I cooked, followed by Japanese style (shio yaki-soba), Malay style (beehoom goreng), Hokkien style and so forth. Tried something new few days ago since I had all ingredients on hand. Both T and I agreed that it tasted like tomyam vermicelli cooked with tomyam paste. Perhaps, I can use the paste recipe for making tomyam soup next time.

Nyonya Style Fried Vermicelli

Ingredients (makes 2-3 servings):
150g vermicelli, soaked
150g squid/prawn, cleaned
50g bean sprout or other vege (I used cabbage)
1 red chilli, seeded and sliced
1 tbsp assam paste
1 tbsp cooking oil
Salt to taste
Green veges for garnish

30g dried shrimp, soaked (reserve the water)
3-4 bulbs shallot
3-4 cloves garlic
3-4 slices ginger
1-2 slices galangal
1-2 slices turmeric (I used turmeric powder)
1 stalk lemongrass, chopped coarsely
Pinch of salt
Pinch of sugar

1 tbsp sambal tumis


  1. Soak vermicelli until softened, drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, pound together ingredients for paste, except sambal tumis, until well blended.
  3. Heat wok and add in cooking oil. Add in paste (2) and cook until its aroma is released then add in sambal tumis and stir until blended.
  4. Add in assam paste, water from soaking dried shrimp and additional 1 cup water and bring to boil. Let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add in vermicelli and salt to taste. Then add in seafood and cook until all liquid is absorbed.
  6. Add vegetables and chilli and cook for another minute.
  7. Transfer to plate and garnish if desired.

Cook's Notes:

  1. Adjust the amount of water if necessary as not all vermicelli has same water absorption rate. Add small amount of water first, if too dry then add more (hot water).
  2. If sambal tumis is not available, add 3-4 red chillis and 1 cm of toasted belacan and pound together.

Comments :

4 comments to “Fried Vermicelli [Nyonya Style - From Scratch]”
Jess @ Bakericious said...

I love vermicelli too and fried vermicelli is always my favourite dish. I will definately be able to serve myself one big plate of this fried vermicelli, probably will ve 2nd serving, looks so salivating :)

a mother said...

oohhh i miss it soooo much lidya, been craving for this since last month but to lazy to cook it :(
ur fried vermicelli makes me drooling over :) must cook it very soon lolz

Jeannie said...

Looks so delicious! I find frying vermicelli very difficult. You can do it so well!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

I love vermicelli too, yours look so delicious!

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