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Mie Goreng (Mee Goreng – Indonesian noodles) | Family Cuisine

Mie goreng is a popular Indonesian fried noodle dish made with egg, flour, and soy sauce that is served with a sweet soy sauce-based dipping sauce called "mi goreng sauce."
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Mie Goreng (Mee Goreng – Indonesian noodles) | Family Cuisine

Mie Goreng (or Mee Goreng) is an Indonesian noodle dish that’s also found in Malaysia and other parts of South East Asia. With a sticky, savoury sweet sauce, noodles are tossed with chicken, prawns, vegetables and signature egg ribbons. A street food favourite!

Close up of Mie Goreng in a bowl, ready to be eaten

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Mie Goreng (or Mee Goreng)

I’m a sucker for good noodles. It’s one of the greatest joys of travelling around Asian – noodles galore! (And often dirt cheap, at that)

This one originates from Indonesia – called Mie Goreng or Mee Goreng. It’s also pretty common in Malaysia though you’ll find the Malaysian version often has a hint of curry powder added.

The unique thing about Mie Goreng is the sweet sticky sauce, and that there’s a good variety of “stuff” in the noodles. Though there’s no exact rules about what goes in it, the combination I’ve used in this recipe is pretty common – chicken, prawns, cabbage, bean sprouts, green onion and the signature “egg ribbons” which is simply a thin egg omelette rolled up and sliced into strips (it seriously takes less than 2 minutes to make).

Mie Goreng in a skillet, fresh off the stove

What goes in Mie Goreng

Here’s what you need to make Mie Goreng. Feel free to switch around the protein and vegetables – just follow the quantities in the recipe so you don’t dilute the flavour!

Ingredients in Mie Goreng

Kecap Manis – sweet dark soy sauce

The key ingredient 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.

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Nowadays you’ll find it in the Asian section of large supermarkets in Australia, such as Woolworths and Coles.

Sauce for Mie Goreng

Noodles for Mie Goreng

In both Indonesia and Malaysia, Mie Goreng is made with all sorts of noodles. Thick, thin, crinkly, smooth.

What might surprise you though is that Mie Goreng is actually commonly made by street vendors using instant noodles! Literally, the noodles you get in ramen and other instant noodles packets (just toss the seasoning packet).

I like using instant noodles for Mie Goreng because you get that signature crinkly look just like you get from street food vendors!

Noodles for Mie Goreng

How to make Mie Goreng

This is made like any stir fried noodles, with the addition of an extra step to make egg ribbons first. Just simply make a thin egg omelette, roll it up and slice.

Then we toss this back into the dish right at the very end.

How to make Mie Goreng

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You’ll notice that the sauce is quite thick and sticky, so once you start tossing the noodles, the sauce will reduce quite quickly.

This is what we want to happen! The sauce sort of caramelises on the noodles which adds extra flavour – trust me, you will know when the noodles are ready to come off the stove.

Close up of Mie Goreng with chicken and shrimp/prawns

What to serve with Mie Goreng

There’s a decent amount of vegetables in this, so I think it’s ok to serve as a meal without a side of vegetables. But if you do want to add something to the menu, try one of these – they are refreshing sides so will be a nice contrast to the strong flavour in this noodle dish.

This recipe serves 2 to 3 people which I know is an odd number. But it’s one of those dishes that’s hard to make in big batches because you need to toss enthusiastically to mix everything up and get things browning and caramelising

So even with a large wok or skillet, there’s only so much you can make in one go.

Enjoy! – Nagi x

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