Mie Goreng (Mee Goreng Indonesian Noodles)

By: MeganPosted: 11/03/2024 Updated: 10/03/2024
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 25 minutes
Mie goreng is an Indonesian fried noodles dish that is tossed with chicken, shrimp, eggs, vegetables, and a rich, sweet, and savory stir-fry sauce. This easy iconic street food dish can be yours in under 30 minutes!
Mie Goreng (Mee Goreng Indonesian Noodles)

Mie goreng, also known as Indonesian fried noodles or mee goreng, is made with thick bouncy noodles tossed with chicken, eggs, shrimp, vegetables, and a sweet, sticky, and savory stir fry sauce. These Indonesian noodles are so delicious and easy to toss together in under 30 minutes.

A pair of chopsticks lifting up noodles from a plate of mie goreng.

The best part about this mie goreng recipe is that you can customize the protein and the vegetables based on your preferences for the perfect easy weeknight meal! If you are looking for more tasty and easy noodle recipes, check out our bihun goreng, bami goreng, and soy sauce pan-fried noodles.

What is Mie Goreng (or Mee goreng)?

Mie goreng or mee goreng is a popular Indonesian fried noodle dish. Mie goreng translates to “fried noodles” in Indonesian. Mee goreng is typically served in most Indonesian restaurants or Indonesian street food stands. This dish has become so popular that it is also served in Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei.

These Indonesian noodles generally consist of thicker yellow wheat noodles, a mix of cabbage, bean sprouts, green onions, and protein like chicken, beef, shrimp, or tofu. The dish is then seasoned with a variety of sauces such as soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, ketchup, oyster sauce, sambal oelek, garlic, and shallots.

A plate of mie goreng surrounded by table settings.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

There are a million reasons why you’ll love this mie goreng recipe. Here are my top 3 reasons why you should make these mie noodles.

  1. Quick and Easy. Mie goreng is a very easy recipe to make that can be enjoyed within 30 minutes!
  2. Customizable. You can easily customize your mee goreng noodles by changing the proteins, vegetables, and spice levels based on your preferences.
  3. Comforting and delicious. This mee goreng recipe is the ultimate comfort food that is sweet, savory, and well-balanced with protein, vegetables, and noodles.

Kitchen Equipment

You will need the following kitchen equipment items to make this mie goreng recipe. I’ve linked everything that I used for you below.

  • Pot: a pot is necessary to cook the mie goreng noodles.
  • Mixing Bowls: you will need mixing bowls to mix the mie goreng sauce and hold the prepped protein and vegetables.
  • Wok or large skillet: ideally a wok is the best pan to use to cook these Indonesian noodles. You can alternatively use a large skillet.

Ingredients

For these mie goreng noodles, you can find the following ingredients at your local Asian grocery market. I’ve linked everything that I used for you below.

Sauce

  • Kecap Manis: the main ingredient is Kecap Manis which is a syrupy sweet soy sauce that adds a sweet, sticky savory flavor.
  • Ketchup: ketchup adds a hint of tangy umami flavor that breaks through the sweetness of the kecap manis.
  • Dark Soy Sauce: dark soy sauce is also a sweet soy sauce that adds to the rich brown color and additional saltiness in the sauce.
  • Oyster Sauce: oyster sauce adds a strong umami flavor that is rich, savory, and slightly sweet.
  • Chicken Bouillon Powder: chicken bouillon powder adds a concentrated savory flavor to the Indonesian fried noodles.
  • Sambal Oelek: Sambal Oelek is a spicy garlic sauce that adds a subtle kick to the mie goreng sauce.
  • Sesame Oil: sesame oil adds a nutty umami element.
All the ingredients to make mie goreng sauce in small bowls with labels.

Stir Fry

  • Fresh noodles: thick fresh chow mein noodles are ideal for the best texture and flavor.
  • Eggs: fried scrambled eggs add another layer of protein and flavor to the mee goreng noodles.
  • Chicken and Shrimp: I used chicken and shrimp for variety, but you can use any protein.
  • White Pepper and Salt: white pepper and salt are used to season the protein.
  • Garlic and Shallot: minced garlic and shallots are the core aromatics for this mie goreng recipe.
  • Napa Cabbage, Bean Sprouts, Green Onion: napa cabbage, bean sprouts and green onion add a vegetable element to these mie noodles.
All the stir fry ingredients for mie goreng organized and labeled.

Substitutions and Additions

You can easily customize this mie goreng recipe based on your preferences! I’ve listed some suggestions for substitutions and additions for you below.

Substitutions

  • Protein: you can easily swap the protein for other options such as beef, pork, seafood, or tofu. You can use any variation of protein that you’d like!
  • Noodles: instead of fresh noodles you can use egg noodles, ramen noodles, rice noodles, or any noodles that you have available.
  • Vegan sauces: if you’d like to make a vegan or vegetarian mee goreng recipe, you will need to swap out the sauces for vegan-friendly sauces.

Additions

  • Vegetables: you can add more vegetables such as bell peppers, broccoli, snap peas, mushrooms, baby corn, etc.
  • Spices: you can customize the level of spiciness by adding more chili flakes, chili peppers, or sambal oelek. You can add other spices such as ginger, turmeric, or curry powder for more flavor.
  • Herbs: you can add more herbs such as cilantro, and Thai basil for fresh flavors.
  • Crunchy elements: a sprinkle of fried shallots, crushed peanuts, or sesame seeds can add another texture and flavor component to your dish.

How to Make Mie Goreng

Here are the step-by-step instructions for how to make this mie goreng recipe. I recommend having all your ingredients measured and prepped before you begin cooking.

  1. Cook the noodles. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the noodles for about 30 seconds to loosen and strain immediately. Set aside.
Cooked and strained fresh noodles in a glass bowl.
  1. Mix the sauce ingredients. In a small mixing bowl, add the kecap manis, ketchup, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, chicken bouillon powder, sambal oelek, and sesame oil. Mix to combine. Set aside.
Mixing together mie goreng sauce in a small glass bowl.
  1. Season the chicken and shrimp. Season the chicken and shrimp separately with white pepper and salt. Set aside.
  1. Cook the chicken. In a large wok, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook on both sides until almost done about 4 minutes.
Chicken almost cooked inside of a large wok.
  1. Cook the shrimp. In the same wok, add the shrimp and cook on both sides until the shrimp are pink and curled, about 3 minutes. Remove everything and set aside.
Chicken thighs and shrimp cooked inside of a large wok.
  1. Cook the vegetables. In the same wok, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and shallots and saute until fragrant and lightly golden brown. Then add the napa cabbage, bean sprouts, and green onion and toss for about 30 seconds.
Vegetables cooked inside a wok and wilted.
  1. Add bean sprouts, noodles, chicken, shrimp, and eggs. Then toss the noodles, chicken, and shrimp to combine for about 30 seconds. Push everything to the side, add the eggs, and gently scramble then toss with the other ingredients. Add the sauce and toss until everything is combined and evenly coated in the sauce.

Tips for the Best Mie Goreng

  • Mise En Place. These mie goreng noodles can easily be cooked in under 30 minutes if you have everything measured, prepped, and nearby when you begin cooking.
  • Quickly blanch the noodles. Make sure that you quickly blanch the noodles no longer than a minute. You want the noodles to still be slightly al dente so they hold their shape when stir-fried.
  • Use a wok. A wok is the best and easiest option for making the most foolproof mee goreng. The high walls of the wok, allow everything to be cooked evenly. It also gives you enough space to toss everything without anything falling out.
  • Make sure the wok is hot! Before you begin cooking, heat your wok and make sure that it is hot to ensure even cooking and to have that signature smokey flavor. It will also prevent the noodles from becoming too mushy.

Storage Instructions

These mie noodles are best served immediately. You can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Reheat: to reheat, you can either toss them in a wok until warm or microwave-covered until warm.

Frequently Asked Q’s and A’s

What does mie goreng taste like?

Mie goreng is sweet, salty, savory, and has a touch of spice. It is also packed with protein and vegetables for a well-balanced meal.

Is mie goreng spicy?

This recipe for mie goreng is not spicy. However, you can always make it spicy by adding more sambal oelek, chili peppers, or chili flakes to it.

What kind of noodles do I use for mie goreng?

You can use thick yellow noodles such as chow mein, but you can also use ramen noodles, rice noodles, or even spaghetti noodles.

Can I make mie goreng vegetarian or vegan?

Yes! You can make mie goreng vegetarian or vegan by swapping the meat and seafood and using tofu or tempeh instead. Also, be sure to use vegetarian or vegan-friendly sauces as well.

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Recipe

Looking down at a plate of mie goreng made with shrimp.

Mie Goreng (Mee Goreng Indonesian Noodles)

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Mie goreng is an Indonesian fried noodles dish that is tossed with chicken, shrimp, eggs, vegetables, and a rich, sweet, and savory stir-fry sauce. This easy iconic street food dish can be yours in under 30 minutes!
Servings: 3 servings
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Ingredients

  • 10 oz fresh egg noodles

Sauce

Stir Fry

  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 8 oz chicken thigh thinly sliced into small pieces
  • 6 oz shrimp peeled, deveined
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2 cups napa cabbage finely sliced
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 3 stalks green onion cut into 2 inch pieces

Instructions

  • Cook the noodles. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the noodles for about 30 seconds to loosen and strain immediately. Set aside.
  • Mix the sauce ingredients. In a small mixing bowl, add the kecap manis, ketchup, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, chicken bouillon powder, sambal oelek, and sesame oil. Mix to combine. Set aside.
  • Season the chicken and shrimp. Season the chicken and shrimp separately with white pepper and salt. Set aside.
  • Cook the chicken. In a large wok, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook on both sides until almost done about 4 minutes.
  • Cook the shrimp. In the same wok, add the shrimp and cook on both sides until the shrimp are pink and curled, about 3 minutes. Remove everything and set aside.
  • Cook the vegetables. In the same wok, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and shallots and saute until fragrant and lightly golden brown. Then add the napa cabbage, bean sprouts, and green onion and toss for about 30 seconds.
  • Add bean sprouts, noodles, chicken, shrimp, and eggs. Then toss the noodles, chicken, and shrimp to combine for about 30 seconds. Push everything to the side, add the eggs, and gently scramble then toss with the other ingredients. Add the sauce and toss until everything is combined and evenly coated in the sauce. Remove from heat and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Mise En Place. These mie goreng noodles can easily be cooked in under 30 minutes if you have everything measured, prepped, and nearby when you begin cooking.
  • Quickly blanch the noodles. Make sure that you quickly blanch the noodles no longer than a minute. You want the noodles to still be slightly al dente so they hold their shape when stir-fried.
  • Use a wok. A wok is the best and easiest option for making the most foolproof mee goreng. The high walls of the wok, allow everything to be cooked evenly. It also gives you enough space to toss everything without anything falling out.
  • Make sure the wok is hot! Before you begin cooking, heat your wok and make sure that it is hot to ensure even cooking and to have that signature smokey flavor. It will also prevent the noodles from becoming too mushy.

Nutrition:

Calories: 768kcal | Carbohydrates: 95g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 354mg | Sodium: 1363mg | Potassium: 851mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 574IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 163mg | Iron: 4mg

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