Mee Siam is a delicious dish and one that has a unique spicy, sweet and sour flavour all of its own. It is a Nonya dish and its name means ‘Noodles of Siam’. Nonya is a term used to describe descendants of Chinese immigrants who settled in this region of South East Asia during the 15th and 16th century.
Mee Siam is a dish of thin rice noodles (vermicelli also known locally as bee hoon) served in a spicy, sweet and sour light gravy. It is commonly served with fresh bean sprouts, dried bean curd, tamarind, a sliced hard-boiled egg, and garnished with spring onions and Chinese chives. You should always add some chilli (if you can take it) and a squeeze of fresh lime juice for a little more zesty sourness.
Mee Siam is not essentially a vegetarian dish as there is often prawn paste used in the making of the gravy, but for those vegetarians who are willing to overlook this I am sure you will enjoy this delicious dish. In many food courts you will find hawker stalls that serve this dish, and for $2.50 to $3.00 per bowl, it is hard to say no.