Indonesian Style Fried Noodles

 

Indonesian style vegetable noodles, cooked with sambal a sweetened soy sauce

Happy pre-Friday! No, it’s not a thing, but I really think they should rename Thursdays to that. If you’re already thinking about a Friday night take away, why not try recreating this popular take away favourite? Indonesian style mi goreng (fried noodles), cooked with colourful vegetables and egg, and flavoured with sambal and a sweetened soy sauce. Super easy to knock up in about 30 minutes (less time than it would for that take out meal to arrive) and it’s probably a lot cheaper too.

 

Indonesian style vegetable noodles, cooked with sambal a sweetened soy sauce

 

I have been really intrigued recently by South Eastern cooking from countries such as Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. They share quite a few similarities in terms of some of the flavours and spices with food from the Indian sub-continent, so I have a few staple ingredients on hand. My family can be a bit picky at trying new foods but I thought noodles were a good way to gently introduce the cuisine as who doesn’t love a good noodle stir fry! 

 

Indonesian style vegetable noodles, cooked with sambal a sweetened soy sauce

 

In my interpretation of this Indonesian recipe, I used sambal, which is used in lots of Indonesian foods such as the popular Nasi Goreng. Sambal is a vibrant red chilli and garlic paste, which can be flavoured by other spices and condiments. The simplest version of sambal I have seen consisted of purely chilli and garlic, whilst other version had a much longer list of ingredients. I decided to cheat this time and use some shop bought sambal. I don’t really think though using shop bought pastes and seasonings is any crime though. My mother’s generation in Bangladesh used to grind their own chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder and even more by hand. However, I am more than happy to use the packaged spices  you can buy from the shop!

Sambal paste should be available from the world foods section of many larger supermarkets these days in the UK. However, if not, you can always buy it from online from Amazon here.

 

Indonesian style vegetable noodles, cooked with sambal a sweetened soy sauce

 

Another ingredient often used in Indonesian cuisine is kecap manis, a sweet soy sauce. I already had regular soy sauce in the house, so I decided to try and sweeten the soy sauce myself with some honey. Molasses would also be a good option. If you would like to be a bit more authntic than me, however, you can purchase kecap manis online here.

I added egg to these noodles, but you could add some shredded chicken or some tofu to make it vegan. You can pretty much customise it however you want so give it a go! Oh and before I get to the recipe, I most drop a thank you to my nephew who was coerced agreed to be my hand model for this post!

Indonesian Style Fried Noodles
Serves 4
Indonesian style noodles, cooked with egg and colourful vegetables and flavoured with sambal and a sweetened soy sauce.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3-4 tbs oil
  2. 1 medium onion, sliced
  3. 4-5 tbs sambal
  4. 200g egg noodles
  5. 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  6. 1 bell pepper, cored and sliced
  7. 100g peas
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 3 tbs tomato ketchup
  10. 5-6 tbs reduced salt soy sauce
  11. 1-2 tbs honey
  12. Salt to taste
  13. Handful of chopped coriander
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of water to boil and add diced carrots and let it cook for about 3 minutes until they are halfway cooked and then add in the noodles. Cook the noodles for about 3 minutes or according to package instruction. Leave them a little undercooked so they can finish cooking in the wok.
  2. In a wok or a large frying pan, add oil and allow to heat up. Add in onion and 1/2 tsp salt to help the onion soften. Let the onion cook on a medium heat until they have softened and began turning golden. Stir in the sambal and allow to cook off for about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Drain off the noodles and carrots and add to the pan. You can add a few tablespoon of the cooking liquid from the noodles to help add some moisture. Stir the noodles and carrots well to coat in the sauce. Leave for about 2 minutes then add in the peas and the pepper.
  4. Make a well in the middle of the noodles and then crack in the eggs, one at a time. Use a spoon to scramble the eggs slightly in the well. Allow to set for a minute or two before stirring in with the noodles and vegetables.
  5. Add tomato ketchup, soy sauce and honey. Cook off for a further minute or two and then check seasoning to taste. Garnish with fresh coriander and then remove from heat. When serving, you can add more soy sauce or sambal to taste.
Notes
  1. The measurements for the noodles are estimates. I allowed for 1 block of dried egg noodles per person.
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25 thoughts on “Indonesian Style Fried Noodles

    1. Abida

      Thanks so much, Cara. Living in Indonesia sounds so amazing! I am looking forward also to seeing what other Indonesia recipes you come up with.

    1. Abida

      I felt pretty good with my introduction of Indonesian food so will definitely be adding that to my list of ingredients to buy! Thanks so much for the support, Laura.

    1. Abida

      Thanks, Nava. I have not heard of that but just looked it up and it sounds great, hope to try it out soon. Thanks for introducing me to it!

    1. Abida

      Hi Jane, you are very welcome. I myself learnt about it not too long ago either. You’re always learning something new in food blogging!

  1. Abida! So happy to see you at #SaucySaturdays!! And loving what you brought with you. We were in Amsterdam this summer and mi goreng was everywhere. We didn’t get a chance to sample any of the Indonesian cuisine though because my kids are obsessed with tapas (which is also available there in abundance!) I can’t wait to try this at home. My son in particular I think will love it.
    Gorgeous photos, too.
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    1. Abida

      Thanks, Christine very excited to be taking part! I just love how all these global foods are available and popular in different parts of the world, one of the best things about food!

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