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5 facts you need to know about red wine mee sua

Mee sua (also spelled misua, mee suah or miswa) is a type of noodle made from wheat flour. Originally from Fujian, China, this noodle is can now be found in Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand.

There are several ways to cook mee sua; you can fry it or cook it with sesame oil.

In the Malaysian state of Sarawak, the most popular (and iconic way) to cook it is with red wine.

Here are 5 interesting facts about red wine mee sua:

A bowl of red wine mee sua.
1.Mee sua has long been associated with longevity in Chinese culture.

Regardless of how it is cooked, the noodle itself signifies long life in Chinese culture. It is usually served on birthday, a baby’s full moon celebration, wedding or Chinese New Year.

There are mothers who take it during their confinement period as well.

Nowadays, you can find this traditional dish at some local coffeeshops or food courts though we do not guarantee it will be as tasty as the home-cooked version.

2.The Fuzhou (Foochow) people who came up with red wine mee sua

The Fuzhou (more commonly spelled as Foochow here) in Malaysia are mainly found in Sarawak central region such as Sibu, Bintulu and Sarikei as well as Sitiawan, Perak.

These are the places you can surely find red wine mee sua being sold in common eateries.

However, the West Malaysian version of red wine mee sua is more reddish in colour with a thicker broth compared to the Sarawakian version.

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Apart from kampua, kompia, and dian bian hu, red wine mee sua is one of the must-try if you are in Sibu.

3.Mee sua usually contains alkaline soda which prevent the noodles from breaking

To make your own hand-rolled mee sua, first of all is to mix wheat flour, rock salt and alkaline soda.

Later when you pull and roll the noodle, the alkaline soda will prevent the mee sua from breaking.

Then, cooking oil and sago flour are added into the mixture. Make the mixture into a dough before flattened and thinly cutting it into noodles. Lastly, dry the noodles under the hot sun before making a red wine mee sua.

4.Another key ingredient of this dish is the red wine itself

Although Chinese red wine is easily available at supermarkets or grocery shops, you can also make your own red wine at home.

Of course, it is more time-consuming (the fermentation takes about a month).

The main ingredients to make Chinese red wine are glutinous rice, water, red rice bran and yeast.

Your red wine mee sua will certainly taste better with good quality Chinese red wine.

5.A bowl of red wine mee sua is incomplete without egg and chicken

Even if you are cooking one whole chicken for your red wine mee sua, your dish for longevity is still incomplete without hard boiled eggs for each person feasting on your mee sua.

While the other ingredients for your mee sua are pretty basic such as sesame oil, ginger, mushroom, garlic, water and more Chinese red wine, the key to make the taste stronger is to let the dish sit for few minutes before serving.

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How about trying these few recipes here, here, here and let us know how it goes?

Patricia Hului
Patricia Hului is a Kayan who wants to live in a world where you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight. She grew up in Bintulu, Sarawak and graduated from the University Malaysia Sabah with a degree in Marine Science. She worked for The Borneo Post SEEDS, which is now defunct. When she's not writing, you can find her in a studio taking belly dance classes, hiking up a hill or browsing through Pinterest. Follow her on Instagram at @patriciahului, Facebook at Patricia Hului at or Twitter at @patriciahului.

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