Mie Goreng

Mie Goreng

5 stars

Mie Goreng is a stir-fried noodle dish with sweet and spicy flavours. This authentic dish from Indonesia is one of its kind for its special seasoning, the sweet soy sauce. This one-pan meal is fast to prepare for a lunch or week night dinner.

Preparation 5 mins
Cooking 15 mins

Main

Indonesian fried noodles

Indonesian


Nutrition per Serving

1445 kcal
252 g
24 g
54 g


Mie goreng simply means ‘fried noodles’ in Bahasa Indonesia. A plate of authentic mie goreng from Indonesia can be easily prepared if there is chilli and the indispensable 'kecap manis' or sweet soy sauce. Just like many noodles dishes, mie goreng is a local dish which has influence from the Chinese immigrants.

Of course, there are many regional varieties of this dish. This recipe is the most common variation and is available in many restaurants within Indonesia and abroad. As a matter of fact, this is the simplest type of mie goreng to prepare as you may already have all the ingredients in your kitchen.

Sweet soy sauce

Sweet soy sauce is an Indonesian creation. It has added palm sugar unlike the typical soy sauce which is salty and its consistency is almost honey-like. Due to its origins, this sauce is used in many Indonesian dishes.

If you aren't able to find sweet soy sauce, use normal the soy sauce and brown sugar (1:1.25) as a quick substitute. However, the taste will be different and will not be as good because sweet soy sauce has added herbs and aromatics.

Margarine instead of oil

While oil is more commonly used for the dish in Indonesia, I highly recommend using margarine which makes the dish much more fragrant and tasty. You may also use butter if margarine is unavailable.

Spicy or non-spicy

When it comes to mie goreng, there needs to be a bit of spice. Therefore, fresh chillies are added to the dish. Since the dish is sweet and savoury, the addition of spice goes harmoniously with the flavours. If you love spicy dishes, add sambal bajak, a type of spicy chilli paste made of chillies, garlic, shallots, dried shrimps, shrimp paste and sugar to the dish. Otherwise, opt for sriracha as it is a fitting chilli sauce for mie goreng.

For non-spicy mie goreng, remove chillies from the list of ingredients.

Vegetables

Mie goreng is a versatile dish which can be adapted according to your diet. I love adding mushrooms albeit they are not that common in local mie goreng stalls and restaurants in Indonesia. Pak choi on the other hand is a familiar ingredient in the dish. Julienned carrots, sliced cabbage and tomato wedges are sometimes added to the noodles too. So, feel free to add any vegetables to make the dish more wholesome.

Protein in mie goreng

For this recipe, we recommend prawns and as such, the dish is referred to as ‘mie goreng udang’ in Indonesia. Feel free to use chicken (ayam), mutton (kambing) or beef (sapi). If you are vegetarian, omit the meat.

Avoid soggy noodles

When cooking mie goreng, it's best to use high heat to capture the breath of wok. Allowing the dish to cook at low heat will turn the noodles soft as it takes a longer time to cook.

While it may be difficult to replicate the heat of the stove in restaurants or of food vendors, you may use better tools to ensure that high heat is contained and evenly spread within the wok. For such extreme heat, cast iron or carbon steel cookware would be most recommended. However, many do cook mie goreng at home with a non-stick pan for its ease of usage.

Type of noodles

Thick egg noodles are typically used in mie goreng. You can use noodles which are sold as lo-mien or even spaghetti for this recipe. Egg noodles are sold as dried, fresh or frozen depending on your location. In this recipe, I used about 170g of cooked noodles which is enough for 3 portions as suggested.


Ingredients

Servings:  
5
garlic clove(s)
1⁄2 cup
yellow onion(s)
1 cup
champignon mushroom
3
pak choi
1
scallions
1
chilli peppers (fresh)
3
yellow noodles
2 tbsp
margarine
1
egg(s)
1 cup
prawns
1 tbsp
soy sauce
2 tbsp
oyster sauce
1 tsp
fish sauce
2 tbsp
sweet soy sauce (kecap manis)
1⁄5 tsp
salt
1⁄5 tsp
white pepper

Steps to Prepare

Mie Goreng Step 1

Step 1 of 4

    • 5 garlic clove(s)
    • 1⁄2 cup yellow onion(s)
    • 1 cup champignon mushroom
    • 3 pak choi
    • 1 scallions
    • 1 chilli peppers (fresh)
    • 3 yellow noodles

To prepare ingredients, mince garlic and chop pak choi (only the leaves). Then, slice onions, mushroom, scallions and chillies lengthwise. Set aside. Cook dried noodles in a pot of boiling water until soft.

Mie Goreng Step 2

Step 2 of 4

    • 2 tbsp margarine
    • 1 egg(s)
    • 1 cup prawns

Heat margarine in a pan over high heat. Immediately, add garlic and onion to pan and cook for 20 seconds or until fragrant. Add egg and stir until it is cooked. Then, add prawns and toss for 1 minute until they turn pinkish.

Mie Goreng Step 3

Step 3 of 4

After sautéing for a few seconds, add soy sauce, oyster sauce and fish sauce. Continue sautéing for another 2 minutes before adding mushroom. Cook until mushroom is tender.

Mie Goreng Step 4

Step 4 of 4

    • 2 tbsp sweet soy sauce (kecap manis)
    • 1⁄5 tsp salt
    • 1⁄5 tsp white pepper

Add cooked noodles, pak choi, scallions, cayenne peppers and sweet soy sauce. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper if needed. Serve immediately. Optionally, enjoy dish with a sunny side up egg.

Published: November 28, 2019


3 Discussions

a year ago

Robin

I had already prepared Mie Goreng Indonesia before (it is in my snap), but that recipe was from Seonkyoung Longest from Indonesia. So, to differentiate this dish I’m going to call it Mie Goreng Indonesia – Adien Recipe. Thank you, Adien for the recipe.

a year ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Yes! We can't wait to hear your feedback. Adien is an Indonesia chef living in the US now. We look forward to your snap, Robin!

a year ago

Robin

The snap was already in my journal when I posted this. Mira, here again the star rating does not appear. I gave it a 5 star.

a year ago

Robin

I had already prepared Mie Goreng Indonesia before (it is in my snap), but that recipe was from Seonkyoung Longest from Indonesia. So, to differentiate this dish I’m going to call it Mie Goreng Indonesia – Adien Recipe. Thank you, Adien for the recipe.

7 months ago

Monica Widjaja

What kind od noodles for mie goreng ?? Egg

7 months ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Yes, you can refer to tips and substitutes explained above. Don't forget to share a food snap once you've tried it!

7 months ago

Monica Widjaja

Oh ok i will try Mira n let u know !!! Stay safe n bcareful ... happy self distancing all n stay home !!!!

7 months ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

You too Monica! Stay healthy and keep on cooking :D

7 months ago

Monica Widjaja

Ok thanks,if you are a christian ... i am wishing you happy easter sunday Mira n fam !

7 months ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Happy Easter, Monica!

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