Meet mie goreng, the Indonesian version of stir fried rice. Due to its fairly easy recipe (and tasty flavor), mie goreng, also known as bakmi goreng, is one of Indonesia’s most popular dishes, and can be found at restaurants of all price points, like street vendors, warungs (family-owned businesses), and high-end eateries as well.
Mie goreng is often made with instant noodles, which means it’s the perfect meal for a busy lifestyle. If this sounds like the dish you’ve been searching for, keep reading on to learn more!
Mie goreng, which translates to “fried noodles,” stir fries either fresh yellow noodles or instant noodles, garlic, onion, Chinese cabbage, tomatoes, and more in cooking oil. This dish can be served with a number of different fixins, like shallots, chicken, beef, shrimp, chili, egg, and sliced meatballs (known as bakso in Indonesia). If you couldn’t tell by the ingredients, mie goreng is derived from the Chinese meal chow mein.
In fact, the similarities between the two dishes are so close that it’s believed that the dish was introduced to Indonesians by Chinese immigrants. Over time, however, the Indonesians managed to put their own spin on the meal, adding ingredients like sweet soy sauce for mild sweetness and sambal (chili sauce) for extra heat, to give it that definitive Indonesian food flavor. Plus, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a mie goreng with pork or lard, to cater to Muslim dietary restrictions.
The process of making mie goreng at home is not much different from any other stir fry at-home. If you don’t know how to stir fry noodles, here’s a quick rundown of how it works
- Coat your pan with cooking oil.
- Flavor your base with seasonings like garlic, chili, powder, or salt.
- Add your meat or fish of choice.
- Add the noodles last, followed by any sauce you’d like.
That is, of course, how you’d prepare it if you wanted to use fresh noodles. Cooking mie goreng will vary from other stir fry dishes when you opt for instant noodles instead, due to its microwavable and/or stovetop boiling preparation.
Think you’re ready to start making this dish for yourself? If so, you’re going to need some help picking out ingredients for your first time. Lucky for you, Bokksu Market brings the Asian grocery store directly to your door, so you can spend less time worrying about picking the right products, and more time focusing on how to perfect your mie goreng on the first try!
At the heart of every mie goreng dish is noodles. If you’re in a time crunch, you can use any of the instant noodles available on Bokksu Market to carry your meal, like Mom’s Dry Noodle: Onion And Shrimp. Save some money on ingredients (and time on meal prep) with these onion and shrimp-flavored noodles, which also come with notes of soy sauce and herbs. These ready-to-go noodles are also available in Traditional Dan Dan Mian and Sichuan Spicy Mala flavors.
Or, if you want to remain loyal to the traditional chow mein recipe that inspired mie goreng, you can grab a pack of Lucky Me Pancit Canton Instant Noodles: Original. This original flavor stays true to the garlicky taste of chow mein, so if you’re not in the mood to deal with those annoying onion-cutting tears, these instant noodles are the perfect work-around.
Whether you’re making mie goreng for the first time, or you’re an Indonesian food expert, Bokksu Market has all the Asian grocery store essentials you could possibly need! Between sauces, spices, seasonings, and sips, Bokksu Market makes it easier than ever to order groceries online from all your favorite Asian retailers