Mie goreng recipe: Indonesian stir-fried noodles

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Mie goreng – or stir-fried noodles- is one of the most popular food in Indonesian culinary. Interestingly, every region in the country has its own version of fried noodles.

Historically noodles are the influence of Indonesian Chinese culture that has been adapted over time.

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Indonesian stir-fried noodles

And the Indonesian mie goreng recipe that I’m sharing here is based on the one which is used by most high-street food sellers. It’s a simple and straight-forward recipe without any secret ingredients. But, it definitely gives you a flavourful dish of stir-fried noodles. I promise 😉.

You can enjoy your mie goreng as it is, or you can have it with a squirt or two of chilli sauce. And if you don’t have it in your pantry, just sprinkle some chilli flakes or chilli powder for a little bit of kick. 

Few tips to make flavoursome mie goreng

And before you go to your kitchen and take your wok out to make this Indonesian stir-fried noodles, allow me to suggest a few things:

  1. Choose a good quality of egg noodles. I tried several different brands before I now become loyal to a few. Because some noodles are tasteless that make your efforts go to waste. So you may want to do the same. Or you already found your favourite ones?
  2. When it comes to cooking any stir-fry with vegetables, my family and I prefer to have them crunchy. Not only we think the stir-fry tastes better with undercooked crunchy vegetables, but we think it’s healthier as well.
  3. When it comes to using sweet soy sauce, please try to get hold of Indonesian products. Because I did try using a few non-Indonesian sweet soy sauces, but all resulted in a totally different from what I expected. 
  4. Using a skewer or a fork, try to pierce your chicken pieces after you season them with pepper and salt. This way, your chicken pieces will be tasty too, and not bland 😊.

How to make a substitute for Indonesian sweet soy sauce

Mix ¼ cup/ 60 ml/ 2.03 fl.oz of dark soy sauce with 3.5 tablespoons/ 52 ml/ 1.83 fl.oz of dark brown sugar, preferably dark muscovado sugar.

Stir and mix the soy sauce and the sugar until the sugar dissolve, and the liquid becomes slightly thicker. 

Mie goreng recipe

This stir fry noodles recipe is simple and easy to follow. It literally takes you about 20-30 minutes to make. It can be your go-to recipe when you’re running out of time, and your little one is crying for dinner 😄.

Did I tell you that I used to feed my boys with this Mie Goreng when they were little, and they were loving it? Now that they’re a bit older, this dish becomes one of their favourite ones that I have to cook quite regularly. 

Happy cooking.

mie goreng Indonesia

Mie Goreng

Yield: 5
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Mie Goreng literally means stir-fried noodles in Indonesian. It's one of the most popular dishes and street-food menus among Indonesian culinary. This Mie Goreng recipe offers you a flavourful and comfort stir-fry noodles with authentic taste.


  • 200 gr/ 7.05 oz egg noodles.
  • 300 gr/ 10.58 oz boneless chicken.
  • 50 gr/ 1.76 oz cabbage.
  • 200 gr/ 7.05 oz bean sprouts.
  • 1 medium-sized onion.
  • 5 cloves garlic.
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper (or white pepper).
  • ½ tsp salt.
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce.
  • 3 tbsp/ 45 ml/ 1.52 fl.oz sweet soy sauce.
  • 3 tbsp/ 45 ml/ 1.52 fl.oz cooking oil.
  • Fried onions (optional).
  • Spring onions' slices (optional).


  1. Cut the chicken into small strips or pieces. 
  2. Put the chicken pieces in a bowl and add in ½ tsp ground pepper and a pinch of salt. Mix and make sure the meat is all coated with spice. Set aside.
  3. Slice the cabbage. Set aside.
  4. Slice the onion, and crush the garlic into a paste. Set aside.
  5. In a cooking pot, boil the noodles according to the packet’s instruction and set aside.
  6. At the same time, Fry the onion in a large wok until it’s all translucent and fragrant. Then put the garlic paste, pepper and salt in. Fry for another minute before you add the chicken pieces in.
  7. Fry the chicken until thoroughly cooked.
  8. Then you mix the cabbage slices and the beansprouts in the chicken. Stir quickly and carefully. 
  9. Put the noodles in the wok and add in the salt, ½ tsp black pepper, light soy sauce and the sweet soy sauce.
  10. Carefully stir and turn everything until all coated with the sauce and the flavouring.
  11. Stir-fry the noodles and the vegetables for about 3-5 minutes.
  12. Enjoy your mie goreng as it is. Or you can sprinkle some fried onions and spring onion slices on the top. You may also want a drizzle of chilli sauce if you like.


  • You can use any cooking oil you like. I personally use either rapeseed oil or sunflower oil.
  • Sprinkle some fried-onions and spring onion slice to add more flavours. And a drizzle of chilli sauce will be awesome too for a bit of spicy kick. 

Nutrition Information
Yield 5 Serving Size 1 Amount Per Serving Calories 219Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 65mgSodium 728mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 2gSugar 6gProtein 21g

The nutrition calculation you find here is just a guide provided by online nutrition calculator. You should not use to substitute advice from nutritionists or health practitioners.

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