I had some leftover pickled mustard greens which hasn’t gone bad but it will if don’t use it soon. Since, I hate wastage, I thought of making Teochew porridge but the husband is not a fan of porridge. According to him, porridge is only for sick people. Oh well…

Since, its pretty late for me to cook porridge, I thought maybe I just Grab food. Until I remember that I had also been craving for hot & sour Sichuan noodle soup and Mee Tarik at Petaling Street has been dancing on my mind. I went to my stash of ‘recipes to try’ and found one that used pickled mustard. So, I gave it a try and it was good. The recipe below is enough for two people. If you are a couple who are busy and have little time to cook but still want to eat nice-hot-yummy-in-my-tummy soup, you should try this one.


1 cup minced beef (this is the halal-fied version)

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tomato, finely chopped

1/2 a packet of pickled mustard green, chopped

700ml water

Light soy sauce

Chinese Chives ‘Kucai’

Chilli oil for drizzling

150g dried rice noodles

Optional : Bean sprouts (tak nak taugeh, tak nak taugeh)

  1. Soak the dried rice noodles.
  2. Finely chop tomato and pickled mustard and set aside.
  3. Remove the hard end of the Lucia and then cut it into sections. Set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a wok and fry the chopped garlic and minced beef. Add 1 tablespoon of light soy sauce and salt. Mix it and then continue frying until its crispy and golden brown. Set aside 1/2 of the minced beef in a bowl.
  5. Add in the chopped tomatoes and pickled mustard greens and fry it for a couple of minutes. Then, add in 700ml water.Boil it.
  6. Add 2 tablespoon of light soy sauce and season it with salt. Add in the rice noodles and cook it for another 2 minutes.
  7. Add in chives and bean sprouts if you are in that ‘I-LOVE-BEANSPROUT’ group. Cook until the soup boils again. Then transfer to serving bowl.
  8. Add in the minced beef that you have set aside and drizzle it with some chilli oil.
  9. Voila, lunch /dinner is served.
This recipe is by China Sichuan Food which I tweak the protein to minced beef since I cant eat pork.


  1. Minced beef : The actual recipe used minced pork. So, if you can consume it – feel free to use pork instead of beef.
  2. Pickled Mustard Greens : If you cant find this, the pickled cabbage will taste as good as well.
  3. Dried rice noodles : I used ‘Long Noodle’ or Mee Panjang (you can find it in the supermarket).
  4. Chinese Chives : This is actually known as ‘kucai’ in Malay. So, if you are in Malaysia; just take note that the chives is not this Chinese Chives. You are looking for Kucai. 🙂
  5. Chilli Oil : This is you can either buy from the supermarket or make it yourself. Homemade is always good.

Thats all for now.



One Comment Add yours

  1. Pingback: GARLIC-CHILLI OIL

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s