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Singapore Style Fried Rice Noodles: A Tasty Gateway for the Chinese Noodles Newbie

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Singapore style fried rice noodles (sing chow mai fun) is that although they can be found in nearly every Cantonese-style Chinese eatery in Hong Kong (as well as the U.S., Canada, England, and Australia), the dish is, for the most part, not recognized in the Southeast Asian city-state of Singapore itself.

Called mifen in Chinese, rice vermicelli (or rice noodles) are plain noodles made from rice flour and water. Their simple yet satisfying taste makes them a perfect entryway for Chinese noodles newbies, especially in the form of Singapore style fried rice vermicelli noodles -- a highly gratifying and affordable dish that will most likely require a to-go box.

Served up vegetarian-style or with meat choices like chicken, beef, or shrimp, this dish features a nest of stir-fried rice vermicelli (seasoned with curry powder for a mild heat), along with goodies like bean sprouts, Chinese cabbage, soy sauce, and peppers.

Found in many Chinese restaurants across the Valley, I scored this one for $7.52 at Asian Café Express, the ridiculously tasty and cheap authentic Hong Kong-style restaurant in Mesa. With enough to share and (unless otherwise requested) served with chicken and shrimp, it's a simple and wonderfully pleasing dish thanks to those tasty stir-fried rice vermicelli noodles with the bean sprouts and peppers lending a nice, crunchy texture.

Want a bit more of kick? Top it off with some fiery chili paste.

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