Malay Mee Goreng

Malay Mee Goreng

Mee Goreng is an easy fried noodle dish. This recipe explores fried noodles from Malaysia and the Malay cuisine. It is often sold in school canteens or at roadside stalls. A simple recipe for the best Mee Goreng and is adaptable for vegetarians too.

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Preparation 5 mins
Cooking 30 mins


Mee Goreng Melayu, Mee Goreng Kering, Mee Goreng Ayam

Malay, Malaysian

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Nutrition per Serving

891 kcal
80 g
29 g
77 g

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Mee Goreng is a simple fried noodles dish. In Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, you can find a variety of Mee Goreng which simply means fried noodles. This recipe is a family favourite that is specifically found among the Malay community. You may find it served at parties or sold by street food vendors, along with Nasi Lemak and other snacks/kuih.

Sometimes nicknamed Mee Goreng Kering, which means dried fried noodles, the dish is tossed to perfection in savoury and spicy sauces with some vegetables and chicken. Although it may not be a gourmet meal, it is a dish you can eat everyday. Both kids and adults simply enjoy this dish.

Why this Mee Goreng recipe?

Unlike Mamak Mee Goreng, this dish does not need many ingredients. The steps are also very straight forward. If you are craving for the Mee Goreng served at local Malay celebrations (e.g. Hari Raya), birthday parties or at national school canteens in Malaysia, look no further. This is the recipe you need to attempt.

The dish brings back nostalgic school memories. The noodles are always stir-fried with fish cakes or fish balls and is usually served with omelette and sambal ikan bilis. The Makcik Kantin (canteen lady) will use the same [sambal for nasi lemak](sambal ikan bilis. So basic yet so tasty! Have a look at the simple ingredients needed. Feel free to adapt the recipe by adding your favourite sausages, vegetables or meat.

Simple ingredients
Simple ingredients

Mee Goreng sauce

The special sauce for mee goreng is soy sauce based. It is similar to caramel dark soy sauce so you can use it as a substitute. Just like caramel dark soy sauce, the mee goreng sauce has a thick consistency, although not sweet like sweet soy sauce. Neither is it salty like light soy sauce.

Otherwise, use a combination of dark soy sauce (for colour) and light soy sauce (for saltiness).

The correct chilli sauce

In Malaysia or Singapore, you can buy hot and sweet chilli sauce at supermarkets. It is not as sweet as Thai chilli sauce and not as hot as Sriracha. To make your own, combine both Sriracha and Thai chilli sauce at a ratio of 1:2.

Yellow noodles vs. spaghetti

Fresh yellow egg noodles are sold in wet markets or at selected supermarkets.

Fresh yellow noodles
Fresh yellow noodles

If you are abroad, especially in the US or Europe, substitute it with spaghetti. Boil the spaghetti according to instructions on the package with an additional 2 minutes longer. Yellow noodles are slightly softer than the al dente texture.

Otherwise, flat rice noodles or any fresh noodles of your choice will work just fine.

How to reduce heat?

In step 1, chilli paste is for the extra kick. The heat in the dish is dependent on the chilli paste which is also known as cili boh dried chilli paste. Add according to your preference. If you want to make your own chilli paste using dried chillies, check the tips here on how to reduce the spiciness.

Do not freeze

Mee goreng should be eaten immediately. Freezing it will change the consistency of the noodles. However, you can keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


4 tbsp
vegetable oil
garlic cloves
3 tbsp
chilli paste (cili boh)
3 tbsp
chilli sauce (hot and sweet)
100 g
chicken meat
fish balls
fish cake
4 tbsp
mee goreng soy sauce
400 g
yellow noodles
salt Optional
1⁄4 cup
bean sprouts
1⁄4 cup
chinese flowering cabbage/choy sum

Steps to Prepare

Malay Mee Goreng Step 1

Step 1 of 4

    • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
    • 4 garlic cloves
    • 3 tbsp chilli paste (cili boh)
    • 3 tbsp chilli sauce (hot and sweet)

Add oil into a pan placed over medium heat. Add minced garlic and sauté until fragrant or slightly browned. Then, add dried chilli paste to sauté for another 3 minutes. Pour in chilli sauce and stir for another 3 minutes.

Malay Mee Goreng Step 2

Step 2 of 4

    • 100 g chicken meat
    • 6 fish balls
    • 2 fish cake

Add pieces of cubed chicken to the pan. Continue sautéing for another 3 minutes. Then stir in fishballs which have been cut into halves and fish cake slices to cook for another 5 minutes.

Malay Mee Goreng Step 3

Step 3 of 4

    • 4 tbsp mee goreng soy sauce
    • 400 g yellow noodles
    • salt Optional

Add Mee Goreng soy sauce into the pan and stir evenly. It should take about a minute. Add fresh yellow noodles. Toss gently but rapidly for 5 minutes. Taste and optionally, add salt if needed.

Malay Mee Goreng Step 4

Step 4 of 4

    • 1⁄4 cup bean sprouts
    • 1⁄4 cup chinese flowering cabbage/choy sum

Lastly, add bean sprouts and chopped choy sum. Toss the dish for another 10 minutes over medium heat. Serve immediately.

Published: August 13, 2021

2 Discussions

Andrew john
2 years ago

Andrew john

The mee goreng soy sauce, which soy sauce? Light soy or kikoman soy sauce?

2 years ago


It's a special soy sauce mix. You can refer to the tips above for substitutes, under "Mee Goreng sauce" section.

Goh Joon Liang
3 years ago

Goh Joon Liang

How to do the super red mee goreng like the Mee Bodo at Melaka?

Mira - Community Happiness Manager
3 years ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Hi Joon Liang, you can post your requests here: ;) You will be notified once we have the recipe ready.

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