Red Wine Mee Suah

This is a typical Foochow rice red wine going thru a month of fermentation before extracting the wine from the rice. Yup, I’m Foochow if you must asked. This red wine is not your usual Chardonnay where you can drink right from the bottle. It is more suitable for cooking especially dishes for confinement mothers.

Noodles such as Mee Suah (vermicelle) goes perfectly with this rice red wine. Coming up is the recipe for it minus the process of fermenting the rice as it is a bit tricky but I promised to blog about it in my next assignment.


Whole garlic (don’t remove the skin)
Sesame oil
Red wine
Mee Suah


Heat sesame oil in a wok. Dump in ginger and garlic. Cook till fragrant. Add in chicken. Stir for few minutes before adding water as the soup base. Simmer on a low fire for approximately 20 minutes or till chicken is tender. Lastly, pour Red wine in the chicken stock and simmer for another 5 minutes. Amount of red wine is up to individual preference but reduced quantity if you have kids eating them too.

In a seperate pot, boil water to blanch the mee suah (vermicille).

If you buy saltish mee suah make sure your soup is not too salty.

Whenever I cook this dish, eldest Princess will yell from the living hall, “Mummy, I know what you are cooking. RED NOODLE!!!”.

As a Foochow, we used to cook this dish during birthdays too. Mee suah significant longevity and the red wine? …. just a tradition I think.

Queen: Aiyah, forgot to cook A hard boiled egg for Ah Boy.
Hubby: Ya lor… Eh, where got ppl cook only one egg.

(Go figure out the conversation 😉 )

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  1. the Razzler said,

    September 18, 2006 @ 2:29 pm

    Can see from pic, Ah Boy is dressed to the nines. my guess, it must be …

    Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday … to Ah Boy!! I think hard boiled egg is not enough laaaa .. plus plenty of presents !! 🙂

    Aiseh, keep the wishes for other day as it is a early Birthday celebration 😉 .  Anyway, thanks! 

    You’re Foochow … where I work, Yong Peng is famous for Foochow dishes especially fishballs. It’s a Foochow town here.

    Oh, that’s good to hear.   

  2. Cynthia said,

    September 18, 2006 @ 2:44 pm

    Red Wine as in the angmoh red wine? i also wanna cook this..but i duno if im thinking the same red wine as you do.

    The Queen says:  You must have missed the line where I say it is not your normal Chardonnay!  This is RICE fermented wine.  Neway, do experiment it with your red wine and let me know ;) 

  3. kimmy said,

    September 18, 2006 @ 2:56 pm

    Slurrrrrprppp….. ah…

    Just had my lunch, but after looking at your post. I’m hungry again. Will ask my mum cook this noodie this weekend.. hehe..

  4. JC said,

    September 18, 2006 @ 3:38 pm

    Oh boy!! I miss those mee suah. When you cooking summore?
    Call me!! I wanna have a bite. Slurp! Slurp!

    The Queen says:  Okie dokie!  That will be after Athena’s wedding. 

  5. athena said,

    September 18, 2006 @ 4:29 pm

    i tak pernah makan la..ang chiew mee suah….must try it one day!

    The Queen says:  After your wedding I will organize a Foochow makan-makan.  (Please treat this as an invitation!)

  6. ghostie said,

    September 18, 2006 @ 5:06 pm

    i am hungry…….
    very delicioooous……….

  7. kimmy said,

    September 18, 2006 @ 5:07 pm

    Queen… wHy not we have a Foo Chow Food Fest day at your/our homes one day?
    That would be fun and apetizing..

    Imagine having these all together in one place .. Mua ha ha..
    1. Gong Pian
    2. Hai Reng Guo Row (Sea Cucumber & Fish Maw)
    3. Lu Mien (Black Sauce Noodle with Bamboo Shoot)
    4. Kam Puan Mien (Another type of Black Souce Noodle)
    5. Big White Noodle with Stuffed Sweet Potato ball and Crab Meat
    6. Porridge with Sweet Potato (With some small bits)
    7. Red Wine Noodle (must have)
    8. Ang Chow Ba Li Thong
    9. Foo Chiang Meat Cake
    ….. and so on..

    The Queen says:  … and peanut soup dessert!!! 

  8. smashpOp said,

    September 18, 2006 @ 10:46 pm

    dono why but i don like mee suah

    The Queen says:  You must try my red wine mee suah!!! 

  9. Lil said,

    September 18, 2006 @ 11:54 pm

    i want one too!! i miss mee suah so much…

    happy be-earlied birthday to carlgene 🙂

    hq, maybe want to specify in recipe as fermented red wine, to avoid confusion?

    The Queen says:  Already DID!  Check out first paragraph, first line.

  10. Lil said,

    September 18, 2006 @ 11:56 pm

    psst… chardonnay is white wine…

    The Queen says:  Ya lor.  Can’t think of any names for red wine. 

  11. Simple American said,

    September 19, 2006 @ 12:13 am

    Feel naughty. Peeking throught the keyhole watching Hijackqueen cook those good foods. *slurps*

  12. sila said,

    September 19, 2006 @ 3:30 am

    any way to make this without the wine? i have rice wine vinegar – can substitute ah? just wondering.. 😀

    The Queen says:  Nooooooooooooo!!!!!  Vinegar is totally a different thing.  Guess this is totally not halal for you 🙁 .  When I was doing my confinement, my Indo maid told another maid that the rice wine is darah babi (pig’s blood).  OMG, really funny but it looks exactly like a blood too.

  13. cibol said,

    September 19, 2006 @ 1:33 pm

    that does look freakin tasty .. missed my mum’s mee suah! instead of wine, my grandma use tuak or home made liquor at home. Put some orange tomatoes .. yummy. I don’t know what they called that, but we call it “terung dayak”

  14. Allan said,

    September 19, 2006 @ 3:00 pm

    I can’t even remember when was the last time i ever eat mee suah and is this first time i see so colorful mee suah,sure looks tasty…

  15. Lil said,

    September 19, 2006 @ 6:31 pm

    i know, but in the list of ingredient, easier to be specific there, no? just a suggestion…

    from the top of my head, red wine would be merlot, pinot noir, shiraz… can’t think of more though…

  16. ront said,

    September 19, 2006 @ 11:12 pm

    hey……the ang jiu wasnt filtered well enough ah? how come so red??

    and kimmy’s comment..KAMPUAN MIEN!!! lucky i can make something close enough…no fish shrimp will do lah….

    by the way…to make the ang jiu is just few steps..the difficult part is waiting and then have to filter the thing to rid of the red residue……basic ingredient is glutinous rice, the red yeast (its shaped like rice granule also but red color) and water.

  17. sila said,

    September 20, 2006 @ 4:35 am

    oh well – i suppose i can enjoy the pictures of ah boy enjoying the mee suah 😀

  18. Hijack Queen » My Prince is 4 today! said,

    September 21, 2006 @ 8:59 am

    […] Apart from serving mee suah (vermicelle) and hard boiled egg (make sure you serve 2 eggs and not one! (Lidat only balance wat *hint, hint) for the birthday boy, later of the day we went to T.G.I. FRiDAY!. I love TGIF. I love their food, environment and their service especially if you are celebrating your birthday there, they will give you a slice of chocolate moist cake and a small presentation by their staffs. Kiddos love the place after we celebrated Baby Princess’s 1st Birthday there. […]

  19. iloveme said,

    September 26, 2006 @ 10:47 pm

    hungry hungry!!i do miss ang jiew mee suah.. there’s difference between west msian and east msian(Sibu of coz) red wine, as west msian’s r sweet n very reddish in colour..anyway, both r nice n a must try for everyone! sibu kampua mee is the best!

  20. ahwenBABY said,

    October 3, 2006 @ 6:25 pm

    waaaaa…. so yummyy….. miss it sooo much….. and i know how to cook peanut soup!!! always cook in my hostel… muahaha…

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  22. dancing queen said,

    March 26, 2007 @ 5:10 pm

    Hi there, Hijack Queen! You’re a good cook! Was just looking at your mee suah recipe. I also do that but I think mine is slightly different from yours. 🙂

  23. Casey said,

    October 29, 2007 @ 4:59 pm


    I am interested in how to ferment the rice into red wine. Can you provide details as to how to do it. Would be very much appreciated if you could do so.

    Now a days Chinese can’t even do this kind of chinese tradition cooking. Come to think of it, it’s a shame. So I am trying to learn but have yet to get someone to teach. I could still remember my grandmother doing it when I was very young, she passed away soon after, so I don’t get a chance to learn from her. I hope you could provide me receipes.

    Thanks & Regards

    The Queen says:  Thanks for dropping by my blog.  You may check out my other blog.  I have the method there. 

  24. magster said,

    January 22, 2008 @ 1:23 pm


    posted to your other email address. not sure whether you got it. what is red rice and wine biscuit as in your red wine recipe? I’m in Down Under and need some guidance here.


    The Queen says: Red rice is a normal rice that had gone thru some process. That one I really cannot tell you what is the process cos the shop people can’t explain to me too. lol. Wine biscuit is a type of yeast to ferment rice that will turn it into wine. They are shaped like a inflatable ping pong ball.

  25. bongkersz said,

    January 28, 2008 @ 4:26 pm

    that look so tasty!! i’m going back to sarawak soon and I am getting my mee suah!! 😀

  26. Hijack Queen » Merdeka Open House: Mee and My Malaysia said,

    August 18, 2008 @ 1:28 pm

    […] may get the recipe from my previous post.  However, if you would like to participate, please do so as the dateline to submit your entry is […]

  27. Jeremy said,

    August 18, 2008 @ 1:38 pm

    can we use ang moh’s red wine instead of the homemade fermented red wine?

    The Queen says: I don’t think you can. The angmoh red wine is made from grapes. Chinese red wine is made from glutinous rice. See the different? However, you may try them and let me know the result 😉

  28. ILikePaperCutting said,

    April 16, 2010 @ 4:32 pm

    I am FookChew too. Love to see your recipe. Oh, kimmy has mentioned about Lu mien, I miss that very much. Do you know how to cook this? Please share recipe.

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