Simple Mee Kari or Curry Mee Recipe Using Instant Noodles


The author is an engineer by profession and a lover of food. In his free time, he likes to tinker around in the kitchen.

Curry Mee or Curry Noodles

Curry mee or curry noodles is a favorite Malaysian dish made from yellow egg noodles and curry broth. Another version is to use rice vermicelli instead of yellow egg noodles.

Curry Noodle or Mee Kari using Instant Noodle.

Curry Noodle or Mee Kari using Instant Noodle.

Best Curry Mee aka Mee Kari

The best mee kari will have the right mix of a slightly creamy broth infused with spices and coconut milk. The difficult part is the preparation of this broth. It can be time-consuming and frustrating if you don't get it right.

There are several versions of mee kari with add-ons ranging from cockles, prawns, fish ball and fish cakes, and chicken.

This dish is usually sold at hawker stalls and seldom cooked at home. If you are abroad, especially if you're a student who has been away from home for several years, you may want to cook this popular Malaysian dish in your kitchen.

The preparation of a good broth mixture can be difficult and time-consuming. It can also be frustrating if it doesn't turn out right. You may not even find the correct ingredients. This recipe is perfect for those who don't have the time to cook this dish or who can't seem to find all of the necessary broth ingredients.

Easy Curry Noodles Recipe

This easy curry noodles recipe uses the curry instant noodle that comes with a ready-made spicy curry mixture. It is simple but tasty.

Instant noodles? You've got to be kidding!

Try it. You will agree with me.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

10 min

15 min


Instant Noodle Curry Mee Ingredients

  • 1 packet Curry Instant Noodle
  • 5 pieces Fish Ball
  • 1/2 piece Fish Cake, Cut into slices
  • 1 Hard Boiled Egg
  • 1 cup Bean Sprout, Washed and with roots removed.
  • 4 pieces Tofu Ball, Cut in half
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Milk, for broth
  • 1.75 cup Water, for broth mixture
  • 2 cup Water, for boiling the noodle
  • 1 teaspoon Fried Shallot, for garnishing (optional)
  • 1 Calamansi Lime, for garnishing (optional)
Curry Instant Noodle and Package Coconut Milk that I use for this Mee Kari Recipe

Curry Instant Noodle and Package Coconut Milk that I use for this Mee Kari Recipe

fish balls, Tofu balls, sliced fish cakes, beansprouts and calamansi lime: for the Mee Kari

fish balls, Tofu balls, sliced fish cakes, beansprouts and calamansi lime: for the Mee Kari

Mee Kari Cooking Instructions

  1. Remove the instant noodle from the packet and boil (with 2 cups of water) without the spice mixture. Remove from the fire as soon as it starts to boil. Immediately drain all water from the pot. This is to remove any traces of coloring substances, if any, from the instant noodle. (Always make this a habit when you cook all types of instant noodles. Otherwise, you will be slurping this coloring together with your noodles!) Put the boiled noodle aside while you prepare the broth
  2. In another pot, add 1/4 cup coconut milk (I use the pre-packed version, which is available in most Asian stores) and 1.75 cup water. Add the curry mixture, fish ball, sliced fish cake and tofu ball. Bring the mixture to a boil. Just before it started to boil, add the bean sprout and noodles. Leave to boil for another minute.
  3. Pour this cooked noodle mixture into a bowl. Add the hard-boiled egg (sliced in half) and garnish with fried shallot and calamansi lime (these are optional)
  4. Lunch (or dinner) is ready. Best eaten when it is still hot. Enjoy.
  5. Note: If coconut milk is not available, you can use fresh milk instead (but it will taste awful).

Mee Curry Variations

Instead of fish ball and fish cake, you can use chicken (cut into small pieces—use only 3-4) cockles or prawns.

You can also add other vegetables such as long bean and choy sum (sawi).

© 2012 Mazlan A


Susan from India on April 04, 2013:

Great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on June 27, 2012:

@Simone, Curry Noodle with this recipe is easy to make, so give it a try!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on June 26, 2012:

You had me at curry! This sounds delicious, and combines some of my favorite ingredients. Thanks for the recipe!

Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on June 25, 2012:

@teaches12345 Homemade noodles are healthier but instant noodles are for people who are in a hurry. Thanks for sharing and have a good day

@Robert, Not many westerners love hot and spicy foods. You must have been travelling to this part of the world to fell in love with spicy curry!! Thanks for dropping by and commenting

Dianna Mendez on June 25, 2012:

I usually prefer homemade noodles, but this instant recipe is one that makes me think otherwise.

Robert Erich from California on June 25, 2012:

Great article and makes me hungry! I absolutely love curry. Using instant noodles is a great idea. Thanks for writing and I'm ready to try it.

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