The flavorful and spicy Mie Goreng probably is the most common dish in whole Indonesia. It is found all over the country and all food vendors from street-hawkers, warungs, to high-end restaurants love to sell this dish. Mie Goreng means “fried noodles” and combines the flavors of fresh vegetables with traditional sauces and spicy chili. The recipe we share can be seen as the basic instructions for a vegetarian Mie Goreng, but you can also add any kind of meat or fish to it to create a whole new dish. And if you exchange the noodles with rice you will have some delicious Nasi Goreng (fried rice) instead. Both dishes can be prepared quick and easy – and they are good as breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Recipe for 2 Portions
A place where we ate lots of delicious Mie and Nasi Goreng is Kuta in Lombok. Make sure to visit this beautiful place in Indonesia!
First of all we need to cook the EGG NOODLES. Put a pot of water on your stove, add water and wait until it boils. Then add the noodles and cook until done. Note: In general you can use any type of noodles you like, but traditionally you would use dried or fresh egg noodles. If you use fresh egg noodles make sure to use a little more
Cut the GARLIC, SHALLOTS and RED CHILI in slices. Peel the CARROT and julienne it (cut it into thin, uniform matchsticks). Cut the LONG BEANS in bigger pieces and the SPINACH and CABBAGE in small pieces. Note: Instead of long beans you can also use green beans.
Take a big pan and heat up some SUNFLOWER OIL. Once the oil is hot add add the GARLIC, SHALLOTS, RED CHILI, some PEPPER and some SALT. Cook shortly and then add the CARROT, SPINACH, CABBAGE and LONG BEANS. Cook and stir for another few minutes until the vegetables are done.
Add the cooked EGG NOODLES. Make sure to rinse them well before adding them. Add the KETJAP MANIS and the OYSTER SAUCE. Mix everything well.
Now it is time to serve the Mie Goreng: Put one portion in a small bowl, put a plate on top and turn around. Remove the bowl and the Mie Goreng hopefully stays in a nice round shape. Fry the EGGS sunny side up (or however you like them) and put them on top. You can also slice some cucumber and tomato to put it on the side. If you are up for it add some cooked beef, chicken, tofu, shrimps or fish to your Mie Goreng.
For a Nasi Goreng you simply follow all the steps, but instead of egg noodles you use some cooked and cooled rice.