Sunday, June 13, 2010

Fried Mee Hoon with Sa Cha Sauce

The first time I tasted Sa Cha sauce was at a friend house. She used it as a condiment for our hot pot meal. The very next day I went and bought a can of it from the Asian store. So, what is Sa Cha Sauce? It is also known as Chinese BBQ sauce and made from soybean oil, garlic, shallots, chilies, bril fish (not sure what is that) and dried shrimp. It has a savory and slightly spicy taste to it. I am not sure what else you can use if for except as a dipping sauce until I saw PigPigsCorner posting where she fried mee hoon with it. I understand you can also used it as base for soups, seasonings for stir-fry dishes and also used as rub for BBQ meats. So this is the first dish I did with the Sa Cha sauce. Next will be some quick stir-fry.

2 pieces of meehoon/vermicelli (soak in warm water until soft)
2 cups of shredded cabbage
1 cups of shredded carrots
3 cloves garlic – chopped
2 shallots – slice thinly
2 cups of bean sprout – removed the tail
1 chicken breast – slice thinly and marinate with some soy sauce and pepper
2 tbsp of Sa Cha BBQ Sauce

For garnish:

Some omelet
Sliced red chili


2 tbsp oyster sauce
3 tbsp of soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
¾ cup of chicken stock or water

1. Mix all the seasoning ingredients in a bowl and set it aside. Heat up about 3 tbsp of oil in a wok. Add in the garlic and shallots and stir-fry until fragrant and lightly brown.
2. Add in chicken and stir fry until it changes color. Add in carrot, cabbage and continue to stir-fry for a minute. Add in the Sa Cha sauce. Continue to stir-fry until you can smell the nice fragrant of the sa cha sauce.
3. Add in the soft noodles and the seasoning mixture. Continue to toss and stir-fry until the sauce evaporate.
4. Add in the bean sprouts and continue to toss until well combined. Check seasonings. Dish out the noodles and garnish with some omelet and red chili.

This is Sa Cha BBQ Sauce


Angie's Recipes said...

The stir-fried mee hoon (sounds so Hokkien) sounds wonderful with satay!

ann low said...

My family love 沙茶酱too! We used to add into our hot pot and also fry it with beef.

Rice Palette said...

This is the 2nd straight mee hoon recipe I've come across today! I'm going to bookmark this one as well as I want to try them all :)

MeRy said...

Nvr saw this sauce b4...whr to get it?taste spicy?

tinyskillet said... looks so good I've got to try it!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

I remember 沙茶酱 is a must for us while eating hotpot in California. Somehow the tradition is not so in Malaysia / Singapore. I have 沙茶酱 in my fridge, was thinking what to do with it! Thanks for sharing this, will definitely try this out. :)

Little Inbox said...

I've been wanted to try this dish but quite some time, but still haven't manage to find the 沙茶酱.

Jeannie said...

This is the 2nd time I saw this paste in a blog post...looks like a very delicious paste but so far, no luck in finding it. Your meehoon looks yummy!

Zurin said...

canned sauces are a lifesaver and not to mention delicious if you find the good ones! that bee hoon is just calling me right up esp now at 10 in the morning ....I cld do with a plate of yummy noodles.

tigerfish said...

Woo....fried bee hoon! I like the eggs surrounding the bee hoon too - pretty :D

WendyinKK said...

I've heard about this Sha Cha sauce in my mom's old Chinese cookbooks, but never tasted this before.

Anonymous said...

Simple comfort food. I think the S'porean meehoon version does not use Sa Cha sauce?

Kitchen Corner said...

Fried mee hoon is my all time comfort food. I have it almost twice a week. But, I have not try the sa cha sauce before. It's something new for me to discover. Cheers!

Elin Chia said...

Gertude, your beehoon looks so appetizing. Must look out for this sa cha sauce but I don't remember seeing them here :) Must be very tasty since most people likes it :)

Anonymous said...

i came across a blogger who used this as an ingredient for taiwan oyster mee suah...

Noob Cook said...

both you and pigpig is making me really curious about sacha sauce. I must find a bottle soon after seeing your yummy bee hoon :D

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Never cook with 沙茶酱 before, must try to buy one bottle soon.

ReeseKitchen said...

Looks delicious! I like the taste of it, I sometimes use it to marinate some fish or meat for panfry, but never on fry mee hoon. This is a MUST try..:)

Food For Tots said...

This sauce is quite popular in Taiwan if not mistaken. Saw another blogger using it to make burger. Like Noobcook, I'm curious to find out how it tastes as I saw it in my cookbook before.

Little Corner of Mine said...

The first time I had this was at a restaurant serving hot pot. So good hor? Now I need to get one to eat as condiment or in cooking. Great idea to do a fried bee hoon with it, want to try this too.

pigpigscorner said...

Your beehoon looks so good! I just finished the bottle =(

ICook4Fun said...

Angie, I am Hokkien so we call mee hoon or bee hoon :)

Anncoo, I have to try it with stir-fry soon.

Rice Palette, yes do try out making noodles with this sauce.

MeRy, nope just a very slight hint of spiciness.

Lyndsey, I am sure you going to like it.

Bee Bee, can you find this sauce in Singapore too?

Little Inbox, not sure if you can find this in Singapore. Maybe check out those specialize stores that sells Hong Kong and Taiwanese products.

Jeannie, yes it is a delicious paste.

Zurin, yes sometimes these sauces can be very handy if you want to cook something quick. I too like to eat noodles in the morning :)

ICook4Fun said...

Tigerfish, thanks.

Wendy, can you get the Sha Cha sauce in Malaysian? If you can't find it maybe you can ask your MIL to get it from here :)

Mei Teng, I am not too sure.

Kitchen Corner, mine too. I cook mee hoon at least once a week :)

Elin, If you can't find it let me know. I bring back a can for you on my next trip home.

Anon, mmmmm sound like an interesting dish.

Noobcook, hope you are able to find it as I am pretty sure you are going to like it.

ICook4Fun said...

Sonia, can you get this in Malaysia?

Reese, where did you get this sauce in Malaysia? Let me know yea as someone was asking me the other day. Thanks.

Foodfortots, yea it is. Not a bad idea using it in burger. I have to try that the next time I do some grilling.

LCOM, me too until I saw Pigpigs used it to cook some other dishes with it.

Pigpigscorner, thanks for sharing your cooking idea :)

Cheah said...

This sauce is interesting and your mee hoon looks good too!

vanillasugarblog said...

i think brill is a type of fish. if memory serves correctly.
i can see why you liked this, it sounds really good.

I Sicilian said...

Love oriental food from all different places. The dumplings look amazing. Welcome to Foodieblogroll

Christelle said...

Ah very interesting, I just came across that sauce at the asian supermarket last Saturday, and took it for a sauce similar to Hoi sin... I'll have to try it now I know a bit more about it!