Is a stir-fried noodle dish with sweet and spicy flavours. This authentic dish from Indonesia (my lovely hometown) 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. Mie Goreng simply means “fried noodles”, so as you might imagine, there are many many variations of this dish that can be made. So feel free to change up the veggies and protein! What I love most about Mie Goreng is that it’s so versatile. It’s all about the ingredients you have available. I always make it when I have leftovers from other dishes or when some of the vegetables in my fridge are on the verge of going bad. You will love this Indonesian Mie Goreng Recipe.
What really makes Indonesian Mie Goreng so special is the rich sauce. Kecap manis is a sweetened Indonesian soy sauce that has a darker color, a syrupy consistency and a molasses-like flavor due to large amounts of palm sugar. It is one of my favorite sauces and always have at least one big bottle in my pantry. I highly recommend using a really good sweet soy sauce as it is such an important part of the recipe. I have tried several different brands but ABC Kecap Manis has always been my favorite. Choosing the right noodles are, of course, also very important when making the perfect Mie Goreng.
KECAP MANIS – SWEET DARK SOY SAUCE FOR INDONESIAN MIE GORENG
The key ingredient for a perfect Indonesian Mie Goreng is in the signature sticky noodle sauce is Kecap Manis which is a syrupy sweet soy sauce that adds both flavour and sweetness into the sauce as well as thickening it.
Nowadays you’ll find it in the Asian Store or in Amazon.
Oyster sauce (a thick, sweet, salty, and umami sauce used in many Asian dishes)
Now you can also find in the local grocery store. Or, you can puchase it on Amazon here.
In a small bowl, mix together 4 tbsp kecap manis, 2,5 tbsp light soy sauce, 3 tbsp oyster sauce, 1 tbsp fish sauce, 1 tsp ground nutmeg, 2 tsp chili flakes, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tbsp tomato sauce and a small amount of chopped ginger. Mix all together until well combined.
Heat a wok or non-stick frying pan over high heat. Add in 2-3 tablespoon sesami oil into the pan.
Add 300gr chicken breast. If you want to know how to marinate the chicken breast, check this recipe: How To Cook Shirataki Noodles and Shirataki Pad Thai Recipe. Then stir-fry until almost cooked. Turn the heat into medium, then add 3 garlic cloves, 2 red onion and 30gr of carrots (or as desired) and continue stirring for two more minutes. Then add the sauce and the noodles, then keep tossing until all the sauce is well mixed and absorbed. Add 1 cup of bok choy and cook about 3-4 minutes. Add green onion and parsley, then turn off the heat.
STEP 3 Top with fried shallots if desired, and serve immediately.
Crispy shallots are a popular condiment in many Asian cuisines, and i love to combine them when cooking Indonesian Mie Goreng. You can buy them here. It makes the noodles more crispy. Indonesian Mie Goreng is also traditionally served with a fried egg on top. However, prefer it without the egg. But of course, it’s totally up to you how you decide to serve it! That’s all, now you can enjoy Mie goreng with your family!
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Since noodles are such a time-sensitive food, it's easy to accidentally overcook them. Overcooked noodles have a mushy and unpleasant texture, so pay attention to not cook the noodle too long.
Noodles - use any yellow / wheat noodles you want to make Indonesian Mie Goreng, not rice noodles.
Note: Some people like Indonesian Mie Goreng with Kecap Manis or Swet Soy Sauce - sweet, intense flavoured soy sauce. Syrupy consistency, sauce used in Indonesian cooking (like Indonesian Nasi Goreng - Fried Rice), and i prefer to use light soy sauce.