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Red Glutinous Wine Mee Sua

Foochow Red Wine Mee Sua Recipe

Update (4 Aug 2014): First posted in Apr 2010, now updated with new photos and improved recipe.

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Whenever my mum goes back to her hometown in Sitiawan, Perak (Malaysia), I will beg her to bring back some her hometown’s famous mee suah (aka flour vermicelli 面线) and ang zao jiu (aka red glutinuous wine 红槽酒) back for me. Details on where to buy them at the end of this page. The Chinese population in Perak is largely Foo Chow (hock chew 福州) and the Foo chow red glutinous mee sua and chicken are famous specialties there. With the best ingredients money can possibly buy, it is very easy to whip up this one-dish meal of red glutinous mee sua with chicken (红槽鸡面线).

Similar Recipe: Red Glutinous Wine Chicken

When I ask my relatives about the art of wine making, superstitions come flying around. “You must be in a good mood when making the wine”, “You must NOT ask about the status of the wine or the whole batch will be ruined” etc. It all sounds unbelievably irrational, until I realised that somehow, the best glutinous red wine I have tasted are always home-made. I don’t even want to start ranting on how bad some of the mass-produced factory wine lees taste. To me, as long as you can procure good quality wine and wine lees, you can get way with “anyhow cooking” this dish (sometimes I even skip the chicken marination part) – which explains the simplicity of this recipe.

Hand-made mee sua

If you ever have a chance to visit Sitiawan, Perak, I urge you to buy some of the quality wine lees and hand-made mee sua (福州面线) there. The shop I am recommending (see contact details at the end of the page) has been around for more than twenty years, and today, their mee sua is still hand made. If you visit their shop, you can see the mee sua being sun dried on poles. Being hand-made, they are not the thinnest mee sua out there, yet the texture is superior! Our car boot back from Malaysia is always filled with friends and relatives requests for them. Their particular mee sua is (deliciously) salty on its own, so cooking them separately in a pot of water is a must.

red glutinous wine lees

Like their mee sua, their red glutinous wine (and lees) are deliciously savoury on its own, which is why you can see that my recipe is so minimum with simple seasonings.

Where to buy good quality red glutinous wine & mee suah
家發手工福州麵線 Perusahaan Makanan Jia Fatt
No. 2179B, Kampung Bintang, 32000 Sitiawan, Perak, Malaysia
H/P: 012-5709507, 016-5003955

Note: This is NOT a paid or sponsored mention. I am just sharing good finds with my readers :)

128 comments on “Red Glutinous Wine Mee Sua”

  1. Hi Jelliopan, thank you for your tips. Unfortunately, I have to move to California and now I am even further away from Singapore and Malaysia. Sigh…. cannot find wine starter here in Palo Alto, does anyone know where I can find this and also pandan leaves in Palo Alto? Help!

  2. Stupid me, I have been asking around smh forum if anyone is selling this. But who knows there are few guys from my office are from sitiawan (which I didn’t know this wine lees are easily available there)….

    Read your blog on this last night then I know….

    Asked my colleague today and he said that he saw his sister making it… Will pass some to me real soon…..

  3. This is such a beautiful dish…very comforting.

  4. Hi there,
    My mum was from Sitiawan too! Maybe our mum knows each other. And tis is also my favorite dish since young! I like all kinds of Hong zao foods. In deed, the ingredients in sitiawan are really so much nicer than SG.
    Hope I can cook as good as u…
    GrEat food and website :)

  5. Where can we get this traditional red glutinous wine lees here in Singapore?
    My mother used to cook this when we were young but can’t get these wine lees anymore. I really miss the taste!

  6. i’m very thanks for u to share the mee shua n red wine on ur page…
    if u got come to sitiawan again please come visit us at 家發手工福州麵線 Perusahaan Makanan Jia Fatt….

    • Hi Jimmy, thanks for visiting my blog and for leaving a comment. My mum, aunt and basically whole family are all praises for your mee sua, they always fill the car boot with bags of it whenever they visit Sitiawan. I hope to have a chance to visit one day too :)

    • thanks….
      n i hope to have a chance to meet u in person n.n

  7. Gosh! Was craving for this and looking for recipes and found your blog! Argh! How delicious is that. One think cravings are only for pregnant women. Now I am having gastritis just looking at that delicious pix. Lucky you, you’re just across the straits… I’m waaaayyyy over the seas!! I miss my Sitiawan food toooooo! Thank you noobcook! will try my best to look for the ingredients and get cracking. Will try to make the Hong Zao lees if i have to! Muah!

  8. Thanks for posting this. I have a FooChow MIL who doesn’t cook much so I’ve not been able to cook this dish properly! I’m gonna a try this soon! Thank you thank you thank you!

  9. I have never had this dish with red glutinous rice wine…looks beautiful!
    Hope you are having a great week :D

  10. where can i find red glutinous wine?

    • unless you can buy from a relative or home makes them, you can use regular rice wine as substitution (see blog post for more information).

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