This Malaysian-inspired dry wonton noodles features bouncy noodles tossed in a rich, savory sauce. It is incredibly saucy, tasty, and addictive. The best part is, this wantan mee can be made in 10 minutes!
If you are looking for something quick to make, requires minimal effort yet still taste good, give this delectable dry wonton noodles a try! It is saucy, rich and irresistibly delicious. Plus, it is one of the most versatile recipe ever, and will pair beautifully with almost anything!
💚Why you will love this recipe
- A crowd pleaser and family friendly - This wantan mee is truly one of those dishes that everyone will love! It is perfectly savory, rich and bold in flavor, and will be enjoyed by both vegans and omnivores alike.
- Super simple to throw together - All you need is a few pantry ingredients, and this dish can be made in 10 minutes.
- Allergen-friendly - This dry wonton noodles is made without common allergens like eggs, dairy and nuts. You can also easily make it gluten-free by using noodles that are free from gluten.
- Super versatile - You can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and this recipe goes well with almost any side or main dishes!
🤔What is wonton noodles?
Wonton noodles is one of the most popular Malaysian street food that can be found in almost every hawker center, market, and night market. You can find 2 variations - dry wonton noodles and wonton noodles soup.
This dish usually features fresh egg noodles tossed in a sauce that consists of soy sauce, sugar, and garlic/shallot oil. It is then served with a side of wonton or wonton soup, Chinese greens like Gai Lan or Choy Sum, char siew (Chinese roast pork), or even shredded chicken. You can essentially pair it with any side dishes you fancy!
🍜Noodles to use
Traditional wantan mee uses fresh egg noodles, which are made from wheat flour, alkaline water (kansui), and eggs.
However, to make this dish vegan, you can use wheat noodles like lo mein noodles or ramen. Or, you can easily make this recipe gluten-free by using rice noodles, pad Thai noodles, or even buckwheat noodles. Although inauthentic, pasta can also be used if you can't get your hands on Asian noodles.
You can definitely stick with egg noodles (also known as wonton noodles) if you are not vegan!
🧂What you will need
📃Ingredients notes and substitutions
- Noodles - As mentioned above, traditional ones uses fresh egg noodles. However, you can easily make this dish vegan by using wheat based noodles like lo mein noodles and ramen, or gluten-free alternatives like rice noodles and soba noodles.
- Shallot oil - I usually purchase my shallot oil online, but you can make your own at home too! Check out this shallot oil recipe by Malaysian Chinese kitchen for the full recipe. Or, simply substitute it with sesame oil.
- Coconut sugar - Can be substituted with other granulated sweetener like brown or cane sugar.
🔪How to make
Making your own wantan mee at home is extremely easy. All you have to do is cook up some noodles, then toss in the sauce. That's it!
- Be careful not to overcook noodles. They will turn super mushy and lumpy, and have an unpleasant texture. You can avoid doing so by keeping an close eye on your noodles during the last few minutes of cooking.
- Rinse noodles under cold water after cooking, then drain well. This helps remove excess starch on the noodles, and prevent them from further cooking.
- Adjust seasonings to taste. Feel free to add more soy sauce or other seasonings to suit your taste buds.
- This dry wonton noodles is best enjoyed fresh. You can definitely refrigerate leftover, but noodles might clump together upon storing and reheating.
🍲How to serve
As mentioned before, this wantan mee is extremely versatile, and goes well with everything. Here are some ideas on how you can serve it:
- Toppings - Top wonton noodles with some chopped green onion, chili flakes or fried shallots to give some extra texture and flavor.
- Condiments - You can easily spice this up by adding some sriracha, hot sauce or sambal (Malaysian ground chili paste)
- Blanched greens - Especially Chinese vegetables like gai lan (Chinese broccoli), choy sum and bok choy. All you have to do is blanch them in a pot of boiling water, then top with with some salt or soy sauce.
- Side dishes - Pair wantan mee with Asian sides like vegan char siu, wonton soup, baked or pan-fry tofu cubes or this Chinese style minced tofu to make your meal heartier.
- Vegetable soup - We love pairing our noodle dishes with clear broth soups here in Malaysia! This Chinese vegetable soup or napa cabbage soup will pair well.
❔Commonly asked questions
Wonton noodles, also known as fresh egg noodles, are not gluten-free as they are made with wheat. However, you can easily make this recipe gluten-free by using gluten-free noodles like soba or rice noodles.
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Dry Wonton Noodles/Wantan Mee (Vegan)
- 8 oz dried wheat noodles or ramen/soba noodles*
For garnish ( optional )
- chopped green onions
- fried shallots
- Boil a pot of water and cook noodles according to package instructions. Rinse under cold water and drain well.
- In the meatime, combine all ingredients needed for the sauce.
- In a large bowl, toss in the noodles and the sauce made earlier.
- Garnish it with chopped green onions and fried shallots, if using. Enjoy !
Nutrition info calculated is just a rough estimate and is provided as a courtesy. Bear in mind that value will vary based on variables like specific brand or type of product used. To obtain the most accurate representation, it is highly recommended that you calculate it on your own with the actual amount and type of ingredient used.