Update (Jan 2014): First posted in Feb 2009, now updated with new photos and improved recipe
This one-dish meal brings back fond memory of my childhood. I used to wolf down several plates in a day whenever my mum cooked this dish! This homely dish has a bit of everything – carbs, vegetables and meat making it a balanced one-dish meal. Commonly known as “bee hoon” (米粉) in Singapore, rice vermicelli are thin noodles made from rice. It is also known as bihun, rice noodles or rice sticks. It keeps pretty well for a few hours without becoming soggy, hence I usually cook more for two meals. You can also keep it warm in the rice cooker throughout the day.
Fried Bee Hoon (Rice Vermicelli) with Canned Stewed Pork Recipe
Use kitchen tongs when cooking the rice vermicelli so that they are easy to handle. If you are cooking for more, just adjust the ingredients and seasonings accordingly; for example: 50 grams of rice vermicelli per person.
Soak the rice vermicelli in a bowl of water for about half an hour, until the noodles are fully reconstituted. Drain and set aside. Skip this step if you are using instant rice vermicelli (if you want to soak them, they take less than 5 minutes to soften).
Open the can of stewed pork, take out the stewed pork pieces, discarding the excess layer of fats attached to the meat. If you like, use your fingers to gently separate the meat to smaller chunks. Remove the oily bits from the gravy. Set aside both gravy and the pork pieces.
Grease a wok with 1 tsp oil, and cook the egg by spreading it as thinly as possible. When both sides are cooked, roll the omelette like a cigar and slice it into thin strips. Set aside.
Heat the wok with remaining oil and stir fry the garlic for 30 seconds. Add mushrooms and cabbage. Stir fry until they are just starting to soften. Then add carrots and canned pork pieces. Briefly stir fry until the vegetables are just cooked. Transfer the contents of the wok to a plate.
Add (A) and bring to a gentle simmer. Then add the softened rice vermicelli. Cook until the noodles have soaked up all the water and is of a dry consistency. Stir in the plate of previously cooked vegetables and egg; stir fry briefly to mix everything thoroughly. Ladle to serving plates and garnish with cut chilli, coriander, spring onions and fried shallots.
Noob Cook Tip
For this dish, some people also use canned stewed pork ribs. The taste is just as good though I personally prefer stewed pork as it is more meaty.