Ipoh Curry Noodle Sauce from Norman Musa's "Amazing Malaysian"

Ipoh Curry Noodle Sauce

This is another famous dish from Ipoh. It’s like noodle mania in this central Malaysian city, with the burgeoning and innovative food scene. There are all sorts of different styles of noodle dishes, but this is my take on an ipoh curry noodle soup. Just like Malaysian cuisine as a whole, it’s a wonderful concoction of different styles, ingredients and flavours, from spicy curry to mild soy sauces. It’s Malaysia in a bowl.


For the paste

For the garnish

  • 1 red chilli, cut into 0.5cm slices
  • 3 tablespoons ready-made fried shallots
  • 4 sprigs of mint, leaves picked
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, quartered


Puree all the paste ingredients in a food processor until smooth.

Put a large deep saucepan on a medium heat and add 1.75 litres of water. Add the chicken, anchovies, salt, cinnamon, star anise, cardamom pods and cloves and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Turn off the heat.

In a separate saucepan, bring 2 litres of water to the boil over a medium heat. Add the egg noodles and cook for 6-8 minutes, or until the noodles are soft. Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside. 

Heat a medium frying pan over a medium heat. Add the oil and saute the paste for a further minute, then add the paste to the chicken and anchovy stock. Turn the heat back on and bring to the boil. Add the coconut milk and tofu, then turn the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. 

Add the noodles and beansprouts and cook for 1 minute. Garnish with chilli, fried shallots, mint leaves, lime wedges and hard-boiled eggs and serve straight away.

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Reprinted from Amazing Malaysian: Recipes for Vibrant Malaysian Home-Cooking. Copyright © 2016 by Norman Musa. Published by Penguin Books UK.