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10 January 2022

This mie goreng recipe is an irresistible dish of stir fry noodles tossed in a sweet and savory sauce with shrimp and spicy accents, popular all across Indonesia.

We’re cooking up a spicy stir fry noodle dish in the Chili Pepper Madness kitchen again tonight, my friends. I think you’re going to love this one. 

If you are a fan of spicy noodle dishes and stir fry noodles in general, this is a recipe to add to your regular rotation. It’s called Mie Goreng, and it checks all the boxes – sweet, spicy, savory, delicious.

And, it’s easy to make! You can have this dish ready in 20 minutes or so, including prep time. That’s a huge thing for a slow cook like me.

Mie goreng is an Indonesian stir fry noodles dish with egg noodles stir fried in a sweet-spicy sauce. The sauce is a simple mixture of soy sauce, sweet soy sauce and spicy sriracha, something you can whip together at a moment’s notice from ingredients you likely have readily on hand.

The dish is hugely popular in Indonesia, served everywhere from the best restaurants to street vendors and everywhere in between, with a clear Chinese influence.

You may see it referred to as “mee goreng” or “bakmie goreng”, or even “mi goreng”, though that is a brand name of instant noodles with similar flavors that you can purchase from the grocery store.

There are many ways to customize this dish with sauce additions or by using different noodles, vegetables and proteins, or serving it vegetarian.

My recipe today is “mie goreng udang”, or Indonesian stir fry noodles with shrimp, though you can make it with other proteins, like chicken, pork, beef, seafood or tofu.

It’s definitely one of my favorites, not only for the flavor, but for how easy it is to make and change it up.

Let’s talk about how to make mie goreng, shall we?

Mie Goreng, Indonesian stir fry noodles, ready to serve

Mie Goreng Ingredients

  • FOR THE MIE GORENG SAUCE
  • Sweet Soy Sauce. Kecap manis is a sweet soy sauce found in many Indonesian recipes.
  • Soy Sauce.
  • Sriracha.
  • White Pepper.
  • FOR THE STIR FRY NOODLES
  • Vegetable Oil. For cooking.
  • Green Onion. Thinly sliced.
  • Spicy Red Chilies. Optional, for additional heat. Use red bell peppers for a milder version.
  • Garlic. I love a lot of garlic in this dish.
  • Shrimp. Deveined, with tails on. You can make this stir fry with other proteins, or go vegetarian.
  • Cabbage. Or use bok choy.
  • Noodles. I use dried egg noodles, though fresh are great. You can substitute other noodles for this, but egg noodles really make the dish.
  • Bean Sprouts.
  • FOR SERVING. Crispy shallots/onion, red chili flakes, chopped green onion, lime wedges

Mie Goreng, Indonesian stir fry noodles, in a hot pan with garnish

How to Make Mie Goreng – the Recipe Method

MAKE THE MIE GORENG SAUCE

Whisk. Whisk together the stir fry sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Making the sauce for Mie Goreng, Indonesian stir fry noodles

MAKE THE MIE GORENG (STIR FRY NOODLES)

Prep the Noodles. Boil the noodles in boiling water according to packaging directions, about 4-5 minutes, until softened. Drain and set aside.

Onions, Garlic, Chilies, Shrimp. While the noodles are boiling, heat the oil in a wok or large pan to medium high heat. Add the green onion, chilies, garlic and shrimp. Stir fry for 30 seconds, or until the shrimp are partly cooked through.

Stirring the shrimp into the Mie Goreng

Cabbage. Add the shredded cabbage and stir fry 1 minute to slightly soften.

Stirring the cabbage into the Mie Goreng

Noodles. Add the noodles and toss.

Stirring the noodles into the Mie Goreng

Sauce. Stir in the mie goreng sauce and cook, stirring the noodles to evenly coat.

Bean Sprouts. Stir in the fresh bean sprouts and serve into bowls.

Stirring the sauce into the Mie Goreng

Garnish and Serve. Garnish with crispy shallots or onion, red chili flakes, green onion and lime wedges. Enjoy.

Boom! Done! Your mie goreng is ready to serve! Looks so inviting, doesn’t it, a big bowl of stir fry noodles with shrimp? I can’t wait to dig into this. Definitely irresistible. 

Mike scooping noodles of Mie Goreng, Indonesian stir fry noodles, from the pan

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • The Sauce. The mie goreng sauce is a mix of sweet soy sauce and sriracha, though consider that a base. I like to balance out the sweet with a bit of unsweetened soy sauce and add a bit more sriracha. Add in other spicy elements if you wish, or other matching ingredients, like shrimp paste or other chili sauce.
  • The Noodles. Egg noodles are perfect for mie goreng, as they are rich, silky and luxurious. They soak up all the flavors of the stir fry sauce. You can use other noodles if you’d like, like wheat noodles, but egg noodles are ideal. You can find versions made with rice noodles.
  • The Proteins. I love this shrimp version, but chopped chicken is a great alternative. Just add the chicken when you would add the shrimp. Pork is great as well, and you’ll find versions made with beef or goat. Some popular versions are made with egg. You can skip the meats and focus on the vegetables for a satisfying vegetarian version.

As you can see, mie goreng is a rather versatile dish, with many  possible variations.

That’s it, my friends. I hope you enjoy this mie goreng recipe, Indonesian stir fry noodles at their best. Let me know if you make it. I’d love to hear how it turned out for you. Keep it spicy!

Mie Goreng, Indonesian stir fry noodles, in a pan with lots of shrimp

Cookbook Recommendations

If you’d like to learn more about Indonesian cooking, I recommend 2 books that I have found very helpful and informative. These are affiliate links to Amazon, my friends. Enjoy!

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Mie Goreng, Indonesian stir fry noodles, in a bowl with lots of shrimp

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Mie Goreng (Indonesian Stir Fry Noodles)

This mie goreng recipe is an irresistible dish of stir fry noodles tossed in a sweet and savory sauce with shrimp and spicy accents, popular all across Indonesia.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indonesian
Keyword: egg noodles, shrimp, soy sauce, spicy, Stir Fry
Servings: 4
Calories: 234kcal

Ingredients

FOR THE MIE GORENG SAUCE

  • 1/4 cup sweet soy sauce kecap manis
  • 1.5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

FOR THE STIR FRY NOODLES

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 stalks green onion chopped
  • 1-2 spicy red chili peppers chopped (optional, for additional heat)
  • 6 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/2 pound medium shrimp deveined with tails on
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage or use bok choy
  • 12 ounces dried egg noodles
  • 1 cup fresh bean sprouts
  • FOR SERVING: Crispy shallots/onion, red chili flakes, chopped green onion, lime wedges

Instructions

MAKE THE MIE GORENG SAUCE

  • Whisk together the stir fry sauce ingredients and set aside.

MAKE THE MIE GORENG (STIR FRY NOODLES)

  • Boil the noodles in hot water according to packaging directions, about 4-5 minutes, until softened. Drain and set aside.
  • While the noodles are boiling, heat the oil in a wok or large pan to medium heat. Add the green onion, chilies, garlic and shrimp. Stir fry for 30 seconds, or until the shrimp are partly cooked through.
  • Add the shredded cabbage and stir fry 1 minute to slightly soften.
  • Add the prepared noodles and toss.
  • Stir in the mie goreng sauce and stir fry the noodles to evenly coat.
  • Stir in the fresh bean sprouts and serve into bowls.
  • Garnish with crispy shallots or onion, red chili flakes, green onion and lime wedges. Enjoy.

Nutrition

Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 879mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 144IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 3mg