Mee Goreng. Thick chewy egg noodles smothered in a glossy, sweet and savoury sauce with pork belly, shrimp, fish cakes, Chinese chives and beansprouts. Ready in 30 minutes and great for dinner or lunch.
Mee goreng noodles originates from Indonesia and has popularly spread to Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. It's so popular in South East Asia they created an mee goreng instant noodles so people could easily have it at home.
What I love most about these delicious noodles is the tangy savoury flavour thanks to the sauce. The sauce is made with sweet soy sauce, ketchup, dark soy sauce and oyster sauce. In Indonesia, they use tomato sauce and some vendors use ketchup too.
I usually ordered this tasty dish at my favourite local Malaysia restaurant but some days when I really don't feel like heading out, I'll make this dish at home. Sometimes I find when things are made at home, they taste so much better. Maybe it's the fresh ingredients or maybe because I poured my time and energy into making it.
What does Mee Goreng taste like?
Imagine a thick chewy egg noodles covered in a glossy soy ketchup sauce with a hint of that umami flavour from the oyster sauce. Then in each bite you get a taste of the pork, bouncy shrimp and chewy fish cakes. Paired with the crunch from the Chinese chives and bean sprouts.
Easy to make!
My mee goreng recipe is really easy to make! Honestly, there's not much science to it. Just prepare those ingredients in advance and have everything ready to fry and you will be fine my friend.
If you're frying this in a normal pan, the trick is to add the noodles last in order not to overcook them. If you cook it in a wok, due to the proper and very high heat distribution, you can probably add these noodles in first. But when in doubt, add the noodles and noodle sauce last.
Is mee goreng vegetarian?
Not traditionally as it contains shrimp, egg, fish cakes and a protein. But you can make it vegetarian by omitting the meat and eggs. Substituting the fish cakes with fried tofu balls and use vegetarian stir fry sauce instead of oyster sauce.
Where can I buy these ingredients?
The thick chewy egg noodles can be found at most Asian grocers like T&T in Canada. If you can't find it, you can substitute for udon noodles. These particular noodles are packaged fresh and are found in the refrigerated aisle.
Sweet soy sauce can be found at most Asian grocers in the sauce aisle. If you can't find this sauce, substitute with dark soy sauce and add 3 tsp of sugar.
Fish cakes are found at most Asian grocers in the refrigerated area where the tofu is or sometimes in the frozen section. They come in many shapes and sizes so anyone will do! Choose your favourite.
Chinese chives are found at most Asian or Korean grocers (Korean's use this ingredient in their cooking a lot). They look like a flat leaf very long chive.
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For this recipe
You will need the following mee goreng ingredients:
400 grams egg noodles, blanched
¾ cup pork belly, diced
1 cup fish cakes, sliced
1 cup shrimps, peeled and deveined
½ tbsp garlic, minced
2 eggs, whisked
2 cups Chinese chives, chopped
2-3 cups Bean sprouts, washed and strained
Mee Goreng Noodle sauce:
3 tbsp Sweet soy sauce
2 tsp Sesame oil
5 tbsp Ketchup sauce
2 tbsp Oyster sauce
How to make Mee Goreng
In a large pot filled with boiling hot water, blanch your noodles just until loosened (20 seconds) and strain immediately. Do not oversoak them as they will become soggy. Set aside.
Then in a small bowl, whisk together your noodle sauce ingredients.
In a pan set over medium heat, add pork belly and let it fry until golden crispy brown, about 5 minutes.
Next add garlic and let this saute until soft.
Toss in shrimp, fish cakes and let this fry until the shrimps become mostly pink.
Sweep your ingredients to the side of the pan. Pour in whisked eggs and mix with the other ingredients.
Throw in chives and bean sprouts and cook until the veggies have wilted a bit.
Add noodles with noodle sauce. Give everything a very thorough mix until everything is well combined. Transfer to the serving plate and enjoy!
Give it a try!
Well I hope you give my Mee Goreng recipe a try! It always excites me when you guys make my recipes and I hope this is one you try.
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Mee Goreng (30-min. Recipe)
- 400 grams egg noodles blanched
- ¾ cup pork belly diced
- 1 cup fish cakes sliced
- 1 cup shrimps peeled and deveined
- ½ tbsp garlic minced
- 2 eggs whisked
- 2 cups Chinese chives chopped
- 2-3 cups Bean sprouts washed and strained
Mee Goreng Noodle sauce:
- 3 tbsp Sweet soy sauce
- 2 tsp Sesame oil
- 5 tbsp Ketchup sauce
- 2 tbsp Oyster sauce
- In a large pot filled with boiling hot water, blanch your noodles just until loosened (20 seconds) and strain immediately. Do not oversoak them as they will become soggy. Set aside.
- Then in a small bowl, whisk together your noodle sauce ingredients.
- In a pan set over medium heat, add pork belly and let it fry until golden crispy brown, about 5 minutes.
- Next add garlic and let this saute until soft.
- Toss in shrimp, fish cakes and let this fry until the shrimps become mostly pink.
- Sweep your ingredients to the side of the pan. Pour in whisked eggs and mix with the other ingredients.
- Throw in chives and bean sprouts and cook until the veggies have wilted a bit.
- Add noodles with noodle sauce. Give everything a very thorough mix until everything is well combined. Transfer to the serving plate and enjoy!