Adhering to the spirit of Chinese cooking, today’s shrimp mei fun recipe brings together various ingredients into one nutritious, tasty dish. There are shrimp, eggs, various types of vegetables, and ‘mei fun’ noodles. They are all flavored with a fragrant sweet-salty seasoning sauce and bring a variety of textures and tastes to the table.
If you’ve never heard of ‘mei fun’ noodles, you’re missing out on this chewy, low-calorie alternative to pastas.
Mei Fun — A Gluten-Free Noodle With Fewer Calories
'Mei fun' is a Chinese term that translates directly to 'rice powder'. This implies that the white-ish noodle strands are made with just two ingredients, rice and water.
To make mei fun, rice must first be soaked overnight so it expands and sticks better. It then runs through a machine that’s capable of multitasking:
It grinds each grain into a fine powder.
It steams and turns the powder into partially-cooked rice dough.
It presses the dough through a shoot with tiny holes and out come thin noodle strands.
Made with just 2 ingredients, the noodle is gluten-free, vegan, and much lower in calories compared to pastas or noodles made with eggs.
You may find the strands very thin and fragile, but there is a certain springiness to them that makes them quite resistant to breaking. This texture makes it ideal to use in a stir-fry.
Speaking of which, our shrimp mei fun recipe includes shrimp, eggs, mushrooms, bean sprouts, and bell peppers. Such diversity gives you an assortment of micronutrients, healthy fats, and a good deal of protein.
If you’re concerned about your sodium intake, this recipe is for you. It has less than 600 mg per serving and certainly doesn’t fall short on flavor.
Ingredients for Shrimp Mei Fun
Besides rice noodles and shrimp, our shrimp mei fun recipe also calls for some vegetables, eggs, and several seasonings:
Rice noodles are dried and sold in bundles just like pasta, but they can be prepared in two different ways:
For stir-fries, they’re to be soaked in water until just pliable, allowing the starch to still be able to absorb the flavorful sauce.
For other dishes like noodle soups or spring rolls, they are often boiled and fully cooked.
For this recipe, we soak the rice noodles in room-temp water for about 15 minutes. We also make sure everything is well-submerged so not a single strand is left out.
Mei fun or Chinese stir-fries typically come with greens like spinach, bok choy, snap peas, green beans, etc. and ours could use some greens. Since greens have loads of nutrients yet so few calories, you can certainly use as much of them as you want.
Seasoning Sauce for Shrimp Mei Fun
Like many Chinese dishes (such as Lo Mein and Chow Mein), mei fun stir-fries are seasoned with soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, and ground black pepper. Depending on the type of stir-fry, more seasonings are sometimes added.
For shrimp mei fun, its creator made a bold move by using curry powder. This isn’t a seasoning typically seen in any dishes but curries and for sure, it should outshine the other seasonings in this dish. However, as it turns out, the other seasonings compliment it very well.
Curry powder also comes with a rich taste, so we added a squeeze of lime juice to mellow it out. It did not disappoint.
Tips to Make Shrimp Mei Fun
Here are some tips we think you’ll find useful in general cooking:
If you like your garlic to be crispy and smoky, be sure to let it cook until crispy before adding anything else to the pan.
Your button mushrooms may look dry for a while after adding to the pan but keep stirring. In a couple of minutes, their natural moisture will come out, making them look real shiny, and that’s when they’re officially cooked.
Bean sprouts are a lot like lettuce — crisp, fresh, and juicy. They’re always added at the end of the cooking process and tossed just briefly before serving.
How to Store and Reheat the Leftovers
Dishes involving pasta or noodles typically don’t freeze well, and neither does this shrimp mei fun. All you can do is store each serving in an individual container, and refrigerate it for 4 days.
To reheat, place the rice noodles and shrimp into a saucepan with some water (2 tbsp per serving) and simmer all on low heat. After 2 minutes, use a pair of chopsticks to gently separate the noodles from each other. Once they completely loosen, continue to stir and mix until the water completely evaporates, then you can eat.
What We Serve With Shrimp Mei Fun
To add even more nutrients to the meal, we’re serving this delicious stir-fry with a warm cabbage potato soup and a glass of chilled orange pineapple juice.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
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This looks incredible.. Great pics, great article.