Economical Bee Hoon Recipe 经济米粉

Economical fried bee hoon (or rice vermicelli) is undoubtedly one of the cheapest hawker meals (besides light bites like popiah or curry puff) we can find in Singapore.

A plate of bee hoon with some sauteed cabbage and a sunny side up from a coffeeshop in my neighbourhood merely costs $1.80. And its portion is more than enough to fill me up every time.

The only drawback of such a meal which I don’t quite appreciate is that the bee hoon and the available ingredients that are mostly deep-fried are usually very greasy.

Economical Bee Hoon

So the only solution to this is to create a homemade version that is slightly healthier than the outside one. We just have to go easy on the oil and salt. If you have an air-fryer, that will be even better. Less grease, less hassle.

Economical Bee Hoon

You can pair fried bee hoon with any side ingredients that you and your family like so it’s never a boring dish to eat because there can be endless possibilities.

Whenever I make this bee hoon at home, the husband will jump with joy. I’m pretty sure it’s the luncheon meat that excites him more because I don’t normally buy processed meats. But for this bee hoon dish, I think having it with luncheon meat is a must so I approve, lol. ?

Economical Bee Hoon Recipe
  • 200g bee hoon (rice vermicelli), soaked in water for 1/2 hour & drained
  • 200g bean sprouts
  • 100g cabbage, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled & shredded
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
Sauce: (combine in a bowl)
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 100ml water
  • dash of sesame oil
  • fried egg
  • luncheon meat
  • fish cake
Heat oil in pan and saute the garlic till fragrant.
Add bean sprouts, cabbage and carrots. Briefly stir fry till slightly tender.
Pour in the sauce and bring to a boil.
Add bee hoon and use two spatulas (or tongs) to loosen the vermicelli.
Stir fry till the bee hoon is evenly coated in the sauce which should be eventually soaked up.
Serve the bee hoon with your preferred side ingredients and enjoy.


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