Mee rebus
Mee Rebus by Banej, Singapore October 2017.jpg
A typical mee rebus served in hawker centre
Alternative namesMie rebus, mie kuah
CourseMain course
Region or stateIndonesia, Malaysia, Singapore[1][2]
Main ingredientsNoodles (eggs), gravy (either dried shrimp based or fermented soybeans (tauchu) based)

Mee rebus, also known as mie rebus/mi rebus in Indonesian spelling, is a Maritime Southeast Asian noodle soup dish. Literally translated as "boiled noodles", it is popular in Maritime Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. In Indonesia it is also known as mie kuah, which literally means "noodle soup".[1]


The dish is made of yellow egg noodles, which are also used in Hokkien mee, with a spicy slightly sweet curry-like gravy. The gravy is made from shrimp or tauchu broth, shallots, lemongrass, galangal, salam leaf (Indonesian bayleaf), kaffir lime leaf, gula jawa (Indonesian dark palm sugar), salt, water, and corn starch as thickening agent. The dish is garnished with a hard boiled egg, dried shrimp, boiled potato, calamansi limes, spring onions, Chinese celery, green chillies, fried firm tofu (tau kwa), fried shallots and bean sprouts.[3] Some eateries serve it with beef, though rarely found in hawker centres, or add dark soy sauce to the noodles when served. The dish also goes well with satay.

In the past, Mee rebus was sold by mobile hawkers who carried two baskets over a pole. One basket contained a stove and a pot of boiling water, and the other the ingredients for the dish.

Similar dishes

In certain areas, a similar variety of Mee rebus is called Mie Jawa, Mee Jawa, Mi Jawa, Bakmi Jawa or Bakmi Godhog,[4] although this is a popular misnomer, since Mie Jawa is slightly different from Mi Rebus. Despite sharing similar spices, Mie Jawa contains chicken instead of shrimp.[4] A dish similar to Mi Rebus in Indonesia is called Mie Celor, and it is popular in Palembang. Batam islands has a version called Mi Lendir.

See also


  1. ^ a b Nicole (4 November 2015). "A Guide on What To Eat in Indonesia Part II". That Food Cray.
  2. ^ Su-Lyn Tan; Mark Tay (2003). Malaysia & Singapore. Lonely Planet. pp. 17. ISBN 978-1-74059-370-0.
  3. ^ Marvellina. "Indonesian boiled noodles with shrimp gravy (mie rebus)". What to Cook Today.
  4. ^ a b Pepy Nasution (3 December 2010). "Bakmi Godhog Recipe (Java Style Boiled Noodle)". Indonesia Eats.