Mie goreng recipe: Indonesian stir-fried noodles

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Mie goreng - Indonesian stir-fried noodles

Mie Goreng

Mie goreng – or stir-fried noodles- is one of the most popular foods in Indonesian cuisine. And it is one of the most sought-after street foods as well.

Historically, noodles are the influence of Indonesian Chinese culture that has been adapted over time. Now, in every region of Indonesia you will find local versions of mie goreng/ mee goreng.

Indonesian stir-fried noodles

Some use thin egg noodles, some use thick ones. While others use curly noodles. But, interestingly, all of them use sweet soy sauce for flavouring. No surprise. Maybe because this sauce is originally from Indonesia that it has become one of the staple in Indonesian cooking.

As for the other ingredients put in the stir-fry can vary too. The basic one will be scramble egg and shredded chicken. Other varieties will be slices of bakso (beef meatballs), chicken pieces, prawns, and cuttlefish. And the most common vegetables put in the noodles are bean sprouts, cabbage and/or choy sum

The recipe that I’m sharing here is based on the street food style. So, 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.


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The Indonesian Mie Goreng recipe that I’m sharing here is based on the street food style. So, 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.

Simple ingredients for Mie Goreng 

ingredients for mie goreng

The original street-food stir-fried noodles in Indonesia only use simple ingredients. The key to making tasty Mie Goreng lies in the proportion of each item and flavouring. 

So here is the list of main ingredients that you need:

Egg noodles

After having tried numerous brands of egg noodles, I must say thin egg noodles are the best.

My favourite egg noodles is this one

Chicken

Boneless chicken is ideal to make stir-fry noodles. And the boneless chicken thighs are more flavoursome. But of course, you can always use boneless chicken breast if that’s what you prefer.

Vegetables

In Indonesia, the most commonly used vegetables for Mie Goreng is choy sum, cabbage and bean sprouts. But I use cabbage and bean sprouts more often than not. It’s for practical and economic reason.

Onion and Garlic

One onion and a few garlic are more than enough for this recipe.

The original recipe uses Indonesian red shallots, but it’s not very practical for me to get the shallots. So I swapped. And my Mie Goreng still tastes as wonderful. 

Flavouring and seasonings

You will only need regular soy sauce (here in the UK it is called light soy sauce), ground pepper (either white pepper or black pepper. Both are good), and Indonesian sweet soy sauce.

Allow me to pause here.

Please try your best to get Indonesian sweet soy sauce. As the flavour is more authentic. I did try several brands of non-Indonesian sweet soy sauce. I ended up in regrets. 

If for some reason, you can not get the Indonesian sweet soy sauce, the best thing to substitute is by making your own sweet soy sauce. Here’s how to make it.

How to make a substitute for Indonesian sweet soy sauce:

  1. 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.
  2. Stir and mix the soy sauce and the sugar until the sugar dissolves, and the liquid becomes slightly thicker.

How to make Indonesian stir-fried noodles

Get all the ingredients ready beforehand. Cut your chicken into small thin pieces. Slice the onion and cabbage. Crush the garlic. And put all the seasoning and flavouring within your reach. 

Then start boiling enough water in a large pot for the noodles. Boil the noodles according to the instructions on their packets, drain and set aside. 

As you boil the noodles, fry the onion slices until fragrant then add in the crushed garlic, pepper and salt.

boiling noodles in a pot
frying onion slices and garlic paste
frying chicken pieces, and onion
cabbage and chicken slices on a pan

Cook for a minute or two until it releases aroma, then put the chicken pieces in. Continue frying at moderate-high heat as you keep stirring the poultry around. Once the chicken looks opaque and thoroughly cooked, place the cabbage and the bean sprouts in the chicken. Followed with light soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, salt and pepper. Stir and mix veggies and chicken until all are coated evenly with the sauce.

cabbage, beansprouts, chicken pieces and soy sauce
stir-fry noodles

By now, your noodles should be ready and drained. So put the noodles in the wok together then carefully stir and mix everything until the flavour evenly distributed.

Try and taste the noodles, add more flavouring if needed.

Top tips for delicious stir-fried noodles

mie goreng Indonesia

And before you go to your kitchen and take out your wok 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. My favourite ones are thin egg noodles.
  2. Prepare all your ingredients beforehand. You want them nearby and ready when you start cooking. Because it doesn’t take long to make this stir-fry.
  3. When it comes to cooking any stir-fry with vegetables, my family and I prefer to have them crunchy. Not only do we think the stir-fry tastes better with undercooked crunchy vegetables, but we find it’s healthier as well.
  4. 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. 
  5. 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.

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.

Yield: 5

Mie Goreng

mie goreng Indonesia

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.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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).

Instructions

  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.

Notes

  • 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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4 Comments

  1. This egg noodle recipe looks full of flavour and nice consistency. I do agree with you on crunchy vegetables, they are better with noodles and taste equally better!

    Great tips too!!!

    xoxo and stay safe

    1. Thank you. You too take care and stay safe.x

  2. This made my mouth water. Will be trying with tofu!

    Nathalia | NathaliaFit – Fitness & Wellness Blog

    1. Thank you. Yes, firm tofu is actually nice in stir-fry noodles.

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