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Ang Zao Mee Suah (Ingredients from Sitiawan, Perak)


Hong Zao Mian Xian (Ang Zao Mee Suah) 红槽鸡面线
A hearty and nourishing bowl of 红槽鸡面线 (red glutinous wine ginger chicken)

Note: Once in a while, I will write about food products that I really really love.
This is NOT a paid review.

A while ago, my mum went back to her hometown in Sitiawan, Perak (Malaysia) and I begged her to bring back some of their famous mee suah (aka flour vermicelli 面线) and ang zao jiu (aka red glutinuous wine 红槽酒) back for me. Details on where to buy them at the end of the post. The Chinese population there is largely foo chow (hock chew 福州) and this dish is a super famous speciality there. Due to customs regulations, she could only bring back the wine lees and not the wine. She also gave me a huge bag of their famous hand-made mee suah which tastes really good and different from the mee suah that are sold here.

Hong Zao Mian Xian (Ang Zao Mee Suah) 红槽鸡面线
Red glutinous wine lees (红槽) from Sitiawan, Perak

Hong Zao Mian Xian (Ang Zao Mee Suah) 红槽鸡面线
Special hand-made foo chow mee suah (福州面线) from Sitiawan, Perak

So thanks to my mum, I get to eat many, many delicious and nourishing bowls of hong zao mian xian using the best ingredients money can possibly buy on Earth. This is currently my favourite one-dish meal and I eat it at least once a week. If you noticed a lack of food styling for the bowl, it’s because I can’t wait to tuck into my bowl since the aroma is killing me. It will not do the noodles justice if they become soggy. So right after cooking, I snapped a few quick photos on my kitchen top, and devoured the bowl hehe :p It is that good.

Hong Zao Mian Xian (Ang Zao Mee Suah) 红槽鸡面线
My hearty bowl of noodles (2 seconds before tucking in)

Hong Zao Mian Xian (Ang Zao Mee Suah) 红槽鸡面线
Chicken simmering away in the wok


(serves 2)

- 500g medium to large chicken drumlets (about 5 drumlets per person; can substitute with chicken thigh or half chicken)
- 3 slices ginger, cut to thin strips
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 servings of mee suah (about 100g per person)
- 600ml red glutinuous wine (红槽酒)
- a small dash of sugar (optional)

Marinade Ingredients (A)
- 2 tbsp red glutinous wine lees (红槽)
- 1 tbsp red glutinous wine
- 2 tsp ginger juice (grate some ginger, squeeze the pulp to get the juice)
- 2 slices ginger
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp light soy sauce (the particular wine lees I had is already salty so I cut down on the soy sauce, you may need more)

- more red glutinous wine (I use a generous amount, about 2 tbsp per bowl, can substitute with Hua Diao Jiu 花雕酒 or Shao Xing Jiu 绍兴酒)
- coriander (cilantro)


1. In a bowl, marinade chicken with the marinade ingredients (A) for at least 1 hour if you can.
2. In a wok, heat oil. Then add ginger strips and fry them till crisp. Set aside the ginger strips for garnishing later (step 8).
3. Using the oil left in the wok, stir fry the chicken until they are cooked on the surface.
4. Add red glutinuous wine, the remaining marinade sauce, sugar and mix until the chicken is evenly coated.
5. Cover with a lid and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked. If you can, flip the chicken pieces halfway through the cooking time for more even cooking.
6. Add more wine or hot water if there is not sufficient soup. Season to taste (e.g. soy sauce for more salty, sesame oil for more fragrance).
7. In another pot, add mee suah and cook for about 1-2 minutes, separating the strands with chopsticks.
8. Take out the cooked mee suah and set in a serving bowl. Arrange the cooked chicken pieces on top of mee suah, and pour the soup over. If you prefer a richer wine aroma, drizzle 2 tablespoons of red glutinuous wine on top of each bowl. Garnish with coriander and the previously fried ginger prepared in step 1.

Cooking Notes
1.  Ideally, the dish is cooked with red glutinuous wine and red glutinous wine lees. But if you, like me, only have access to glutinous wine lees, you can substitute with other Chinese rice wine.
2. Different wine lees have different degree of saltiness. Season the dish with soy sauce/chicken cube/salt according to the taste of the wine lees.

Related Recipe
Hong Zao Ji (Chicken Cooked in Red Glutinuos Rice) 红槽鸡

Hong Zao Mian Xian (Ang Zao Mee Suah) 红槽鸡面线

Where to buy the wine lees & mee suah:
家發手工福州麵線 Perusahaan Makanan Jia Fatt
No. 2179B, Kampung Bintang, 32000 Sitiawan, Perak, Malaysia
H/P: 012-5709507, 016-5003955

Note: Once in a while, I will write about food products that I really really love. This is NOT a paid review. The content written in this post is solely my personal opinion.


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123 Responses to “Ang Zao Mee Suah (Ingredients from Sitiawan, Perak)”

  1. priscilla hk — May 24, 2010 @ 10:09 pm

    You are so lucky to be so near Malaysia and have people bring you ang zao and mee suah. I am desperately trying to get my hands on some, do you think this company sell their goods in Johore or Kuala Lumpur ? If they do, at least I can beg my sister’s friends to bring me some. Meanwhile, I am going to try your recipe tonite. Thank you for being so unselfish in sharing this wonderful dish. Will let ang zao fans know the progress.


    • wiffy replied: — May 25th, 2010 @ 9:58 am

      The company looks like a small time home business to me. Maybe you can call them to ask if their products are available in other states of Malaysia?

      You can find wine lees in Hong Kong? Maybe it’s good as well, yes do let us know the progress. Thanks :)


      • priscilla hk replied: — May 27th, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

        2nd day of my first attempt, the ang zao looks very much the same as when I bottled it. No liquid has been observed. I am keeping my fingers crossed. I cannot find wine lees here in Hong Kong and I have not been back to Singapore for almost two years. Sigh……. will keep you guys posted on my ang zao. Thanks.

        • wiffy replied: — May 27th, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

          oh woah, you’re making your own ang zao. Wish you all the best :)

  2. totoro47 — May 31, 2010 @ 5:09 pm

    thanks so much for sharing ur recipes!
    my mum is also from sitiawan.. i hv been eating this since very young and i absolutely love it! can eat it everyday! and yes, the mee sua from sitiawan is really good.. every time we have relatives coming to spore, we have to ask them to bring lots of mee sua for everybody!
    last year, i finally had the chance to learn how to make the wine from scratch.. but i still cant re-create my grandmother’s taste whenever i try to cook this.. i guess i just to keep trying!


    • wiffy replied: — June 1st, 2010 @ 8:54 am

      good for you to learn to make the wine! I hope you succeed. And don’t give up. Fewer and fewer new generation know how to make this and it will be sad if this skill is lost ;)


  3. priscilla hk — June 1, 2010 @ 12:19 am

    7 day old, my ang zao is still stubbornly sitting there. No wine or even a drop of liquid is detected. Wonder if I will ever get to eat ang zao again, really in despair……………


    • wiffy replied: — June 1st, 2010 @ 8:54 am

      I heard it takes two months for the wine to ferment?


  4. priscilla hk — June 2, 2010 @ 6:33 pm

    Oh! It really takes two months? Ok then i shall wait patiently, thank you.


  5. jenny — June 8, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

    You can even use the wine lees to fry the pork’s belly..yummy.


    • wiffy replied: — June 8th, 2010 @ 10:17 pm

      good idea! any recipe to share? ;)


  6. jenny — June 9, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

    It’s more or less how u do the chicken except reduced the water cos it’s a dish and not soup base. Also just add some sugar or rock sugar and salt to enhance the taste. Sorry, I do not know how to write it out but hope u will give it a try. Maybe your followers from Sibu, Sarawak or other foochows can give a more detailed one. Mine will be something like this : Just lots of ginger or according to your taste, fried with some sesame oil or veg oil till fragrant, then add some wine lees, again according to your taste, n fry till aromatic, then add the pork’s belly, halfway through cooking, add some wine to it and simmer till meat is cooked. Add some rock sugar n salt to taste. The smell is heavenly, i can promise you. Serve with steamed rice.


    • wiffy replied: — June 9th, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

      Hi Jenny thanks so much for sharing. I can almost smell the aroma as you described how to cook it. My aunt is coming to Singapore soon and she will be bringing some wine lees for me, I can’t wait to try our your recipe. Excited to learn more than one way of enjoying this ingredient. Thanks again :)


  7. priscilla hk — June 10, 2010 @ 11:55 pm

    Ang zao looks like it has decided to settle finally. It looks kinda soft now, not stiff anymore, I could see teeny bit of liquid, looks promising. Feeling a bit more optimistic now, hee hee …..


  8. grace — June 18, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

    My mum makes this and it takes at least 6 weeks for the whole fermentation process. Be patient :) Good things come to those who wait!

    We fry our food with both the red rice wine and the wine lees, and we add it only towards the end when the food is almost cooked – we find that this retains the flavour of the red rice wine.


    • wiffy replied: — June 25th, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

      I like to add the wine at the end too … so that I can totally savour the taste … I love the wine aroma :-)


  9. KT — June 23, 2010 @ 11:20 am

    Hi, Ytd ordered bottle of the red rice wine and the wine lees at $10 each from Tiong bahru 23 Jalan Membina Kopitiam (Bian Mian) stall. Any one tried theirs?

    I been eating that stall Bian Mian (both my hus and my fav bian mian – soup / Dry) and recently then heard from his fren that they patronise the stall for 红槽 to cook during his wife’s pregnancy. They dont put any advert/signboard on the 红槽 and you have to ask them to bring it down for your collection on the other day (Coffee shop too hot for the 红槽 to be placed there else will spoilt).

    I am a newly married (now then start learning to cook) Fuchow girl but my mom never learn to cook this fav Fuchow dish from my grandma (I used to help her grind dont know wat to make the 红槽 when i am very young, something that look like little crabs/shells) when she alive..haiz.. now i hope i can use your receipe to try it out and see if can get tat “Wai Po De Wei Dao”. I hope i can suceed ..


    • wiffy replied: — June 25th, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

      Hi KT! thanks for sharing your quest for the wine lees! Actually I am really salivating for a bowl of 红槽面线 right now and guess what, I ran out of the sitiawan wine lees. Will try out the ban mian stall if I’m in the area, and glad to know of a new place to buy the wine less. Let me know if you like my recipe after trying ok? :)


      • Samantha replied: — March 10th, 2011 @ 5:55 pm

        If you want to go Tiong Bahru and eat Ang Zhao, can only go on weekend. Their Ang Zhao is thick and strong, alternatively you can call 9822 6535 to enquire:)

  10. priscilla — June 29, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

    Dear Wiffy,

    My ang zao has been sitting there for one month and 5 days. It looks soft but I don’t seem to see much wine in it. It does smell of wine though. Is this normal? Do I put it into the fridge now or do I leave it out for longer?


    • Jelliojan replied: — July 20th, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

      Hi priscilla,
      do store the ang zhao in fridge and u can keep it for long long time.