Mie Kangkung Belacan Medan (Spicy stir-fried noodles with shrimp paste and water spinach)

Mie Kangkung Belacan Medan (Spicy stir-fried noodles with shrimp paste and water spinach)

Servings: 2 generous servings
Author: Marvellina
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  • 3/4 lb Chinese egg noodles or you can use spaghetti noodles for 2 very generous servings
  • 2 cup of loosely packed beansprouts optional
  • 1/2 lb handful of water spinach leaves / or you can use regular baby spinach or spinach leaves
  • 6 jumbo shrimps deveined and shelled
  • 6 thin slices of pig liver optional, but I love it
  • 4 fish balls sliced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes quartered
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp of belacan/ shrimp paste
  • 4 cloves of garlics finely minced
  • 2 duck eggs or chicken eggs
  • 3 Tbsp of red chili paste - more if you want it spicier use about 10-15 already soaked dried red chilis and few spoons of water and ground it up in food processor or you can always use readily bought red chili paste like sambal oelek for example
  • 4 Tbsp of sweet soy sauce/ kecap manis
  • 4 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp of cooking oil


  • Preheat the wok and add in oil. Saute garlic until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Add in prawns, fish ball and pig livers. Saute until half-cooked, then push to the side of the wok and crack in two eggs. Break the yolk a bit and leave them. Let the egg settle for a bit (for about 20-30 seconds) and then mix everything up in the wok
  • Add red chili, belacan and stir fry until the belacan is really fragrant, about 3 minutes or so
  • Add about 1/2 cup of water and tomatoes, let it simmer for about 1 minute
  • Add in water spinach, noodles, shrimp, liver if using, fish balls, sweet soy sauce and soy sauce. Mix well. Cover the wok with lid and let it simmer for 2 minutes. The noodles has a bit of gravy on it (as shown in picture). Have a taste and add more soy sauce if needed. It should taste salty with little hint of sweetness from the sweet soy sauce. Then add in the beansprouts (if using) and stir a little bit and turn off the heat. I like the beansprouts to be still crunchy
  • Ready to serve and clean the wok before cooking the next portion (if you are doubling this recipe)


This dish tastes better when you prepare it one portion (maximum two portions) at a time and not cooking it in big batch