Mee Snua Tau (Chinese: 面线糊, Penang Hokkien: Mee33 Snua1 Tau1 [mi-suã-tau]), also called mee suah kor, is a sticky Chinese vermicelli soup dish topped with shredded crab meat. I had it the first time several years ago at the Senior Citizen Association along Scott Road. Shortly thereafter, I learned that a stall at Restoran Bee Hooi, a coffee shop in Pulau Tikus also sells Mee Snua Tau.
The homemade Mee Snua Tau prepared by my wife is by far better than any sold in the hawker stalls. Admittedly there's no way for the stall-bought version can compete with home-cooked Mee Snua Tau in terms of ingredients. When my wife makes Mee Snua Tau, she uses a lot of enoki mushrooms, chunky pieces of shittake mushrooms, dried prawns (heh-bee) fried in oil, fried garlic in oil, real as well as imitation crab meat. With all that ingredients, the soup is really rich and sweet.
For stall-bought Mee Snua Tau, I prefer the one at Bee Hooi, which is cheaper than the one at the Senior Citizen Association (In any case, the stall at Senior Citizen Association has shut down). Nevertheless, if you have never tasted Mee Snua Tau, I suggest you try both and then decide. Oh yes, there's also Mee Snua Tau at the Teow Chew Meng Restaurant, which is a more upmarket place than the coffee shops - but my wife was unimpressed.
Mee Snua Tau Recipe
Canned Enoki mushrooms - cut into smaller pieces if too long.
Bamboo pith - soaked, cleaned and cut into smaller pieces
Crab stick - halved and cut into strips
Dried scallops - cleaned and soaked
Dried prawns- cleaned and soaked
Garlic - minced
Boil half a pot of water, put in chicken breast and cook until the meat is done.
Dish out the chicken meat and shred into small strips. Put aside.
Boil the chicken stock and put in the shredded chicken and mee suah.
Once boiling, put in the sliced mushroom, Enoki mushroom, bamboo pith, crab meat, crab stick and scallops.
Mix thoroughly and add in seasoning and thicken the soup with corn flour. Turn off the heat.
In a wok, stir-fry the minced garlic and dried prawn until fragrant. Dish out.
Garnish with some fried garlic and dried prawns, and add a dash of Worcestershire sauce.
Eat while it is still hot.
Mee Snua Tau (24 May, 2008)
Mee Snua Tau Stalls in Penang
Mee Snua Tau is not the most common hawker food, but can be found in a few coffee shops. I have only managed to locate a few, which I show on the food map on this page. I shall add to it whenever I find some more.
Where to find Mee Snua Tau Stalls in Penang
Mee Snua Tau is available at the following locations in Penang:
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