Vegan Stir Fried Vermicelli Noodles In Sweet Soy Sauce (Malaysian Bihun Goreng Putih)

February 10, 2020
Vermicelli noodles are versatile and quick to prepare—this one-pan stir fry comes together in just 20 minutes. It's perfect for pot lucks or meal prepping. 'Putih' refers to the color of the noodles, and it's called chao bai mi fen in Chinese. You'll find stir fried vermicelli noodles across Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, though each region puts their own spin on it. Though the recipe might look simple, these noodles are bursting with flavor. Some days, nothing beats a home-cooked meal—add this one to your repertoire. :)
close up of stir fried vermicelli noodles on a plate

Vegan Stir Fried Vermicelli Noodles In Sweet Soy Sauce (Malaysian Bihun Goreng Putih)

Recipe Type: Hearty Entrees
utensils YIELDS 4-6 servings
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  • 3 cups Vegetable Stock
  • 1 pack (450g) Vermicelli Noodles, soaked in cold water
  • 1 cup Spinach
  • 1 cup Shiitake Mushrooms
  • 4 sticks Bean Curd
  • 1/4 Onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Vegetarian Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tbsp (or to taste) Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp (or to taste) White Pepper
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1. Chop the onion and garlic finely.

2. Slice the spinach, mushrooms and bean curd—it’s okay to keep these quite large/chunky. This provides a nice contrast against the soft, delicate rice vermicelli noodles.

3. Heat the olive oil in a wok or pan on high. Add the onion and garlic. Cook until soft, but not translucent—this should only take a minute or so. All in all, the frying should take only five minutes which is the beauty of stir fries!

4. Add the spinach, bean curd and mushrooms. Pour the stock into your wok/pan, stirring throughout. You should still have your heat setting on high.

5. Once the spinach is just wilted, add the vermicelli. Mix well. Finally, add the soy sauce, vegetarian oyster sauce, and pepper to taste. Stir, turn off the heat and let the noodles absorb the stock for a couple of minutes. Enjoy! I recommend serving this with finely sliced green or red chillies if you like your noodles spicy, but when feeding more people I tend to keep it mild.😊



Photo: Deborah Tan

Debbie was born in Malaysia and grew up in New Zealand. She loves writing, musicals, and living a plant based life. A digital marketer by day, she is also passionate about visual storytelling. She hopes to show that living a more sustainable and compassionate lifestyle can be simple and fun! Debbie has volunteered for social and environmental causes over the years, and interviewed Dr Jane Goodall on her 2018 world tour. Visit her Instagram @debbietan96 for snaps of delicious food and plants, and YouTube for music.


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