Recipe: Kolo Mee (干捞面)

Recipe: Kolo Mee (干捞面)

An old favourite from Kuching, Malaysia

Carol Lum  Carol Lum  on 28 Apr '18

Recipe credit: Kuching Food Point, Singapore

Sarawak’s noodles are undoubtedly world renowned. The Malaysian state’s centuries-old technique of noodle making, with their characteristically light flavour and springy texture, has contributed to the long history and heritage of these famous carby strands.

Variations on the noodles have been made across Southeast Asia to cater to different taste buds, but the original Kuching kolo mee version from Sarawak’s capital still stands as the top favourite.

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Serves: 2

Prep time: 1 hour

Cooking time: 1 hour


  • 2 servings dried kolo (egg) noodles
  • 200g pork loin
  • 50g minced pork
  • handful choi sum
  • 2 large shallots
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 tbsp char siu seasoning
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1½ cups peanut oil
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • dash white pepper

To garnish:

  • spring onion
  • sambal


  1. Marinate the pork loin with the salt, char siu seasoning, five-spice powder, 1 tbsp dark soy sauce and 1 tsp sugar. Set aside to marinate overnight.
  2. Marinate the minced pork with 1 tbsp dark soy sauce, 1 tsp sugar and the white pepper. Set aside to marinate for 1 hour.
  3. Finely slice the shallots and chop the garlic. Deep-fry in peanut oil until golden brown. Set aside the fried shallots and garlic and reserve the oil for later.
  4. Fry the marinated minced pork in some of the shallot oil. Place the marinated pork loin on a hot grill for 20 min, turning occasionally. Brush the marinade onto the meat with each turn. Slice the loin when you are ready to serve.
  5. Boil the noodles for approximately 3 min and drain, reserving the cooking water. Quickly blanch the noodles for 5 sec in a bowl of ice-cold water and then in the reserved cooking water for 5 sec. Repeat this cycle three times.
  6. Blanch the choi sum.
  7. Assemble the noodles, sliced loin and minced meat in a bowl. Top the noodles with the fried shallots and garlic and drizzle on some shallot oil before serving.
  8. Garnish with spring onion and sambal sauce for some heat.

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Carol Lum

Carol Lum

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