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How to Make Bakmi Goreng: An Indonesian-Inspired Dish

I am a chef on a luxury world cruise liner. I love to cook and write recipes that are inspired by foods from all over the world.

Learn how to make bakmi goreng with this easy-to-follow recipe.

Learn how to make bakmi goreng with this easy-to-follow recipe.

China's famous noodles feature prominently in the cuisines that are found all over Asia, and each country within the region has its own characteristic variations. During my visit to Indonesia, I tried many different local dishes, such as satay, beef rendang, nasi uduk, nasi lemak, and mie goreng, among others.

Reminiscing about my trip to Bali, I decided to make a version of one of their classic street foods, bakmi goreng, also known as mie goreng, or Indonesian stir-fried noodles. I tried to re-create this dish using my homemade kecap manis. Taste the flavor of this cuisine by following my recipe below. Enjoy!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

30 min

35 min

Serves four people

These are the ingredients for mie goreng or bakmi goreng.

These are the ingredients for mie goreng or bakmi goreng.


  • 250 grams egg noodles
  • 1/2 head cabbage, shredded
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons homemade kecap manis
  • 2 tablespoons onions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chicken powder
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken, sliced
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon oil, for cooking
  • water, for cooking


For Preparing the Ingredients:

  • 1 tray
  • 1 plate
  • 3 small bowls
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • chopping board
  • knife

For Cooking the Dish:

  • pan
  • slotted spatula or tongs


  1. Heat oil in a pan or wok. Saute garlic, onion, and chicken.
  2. Add the water, chicken powder, and noodles. Allow it to simmer.
  3. Stir in carrots, mushrooms, fish sauce, and kecap manis before the noodles are fully cooked. Cook the vegetables until tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Turn off the heat. Add the cabbage and mix everything. Cover the pan to cook the cabbage.
  5. Serve immediately.

Tips and Techniques

  1. Turn off the heat before adding the shredded cabbage to avoid overcooking.
  2. Add chicken powder to the boiling water to help flavor the noodles.

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Travel Chef (author) from Manila on September 15, 2018:

Hello Pamela,

I'm glad to here that! Hopefully you will enjoy this recipe the soonest! Happy eating!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 15, 2018:

Dred, Thanks for the information. I have an Asian grocery store not too ar away. I would like to try this recipe.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on September 14, 2018:

Hi Ethel,

This dish is really delicious! I love to eat this even as a snack, For kecap manis, just check out any Asian store nearby for its availability. I hope you can enjoy this meal as much as I do! Thanks for dropping by!

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on September 14, 2018:

Hello Mary,

Try it! You will surely enjoy this dish as it can bring you the taste of Indonesia in the comfort of your home.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 14, 2018:

Looks like an interesting and delicious dish. I will have to look for some of the ingredients before I try preparing it.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on September 14, 2018:

Like all these ingredients so A dish I guess I would enjoy. Just going to check out your kecap manis

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on September 13, 2018:

Hello Pamela,

I must say that it was so delicious! I ate a lot after cooking it. Anyway, kecap manis is an Indonesian sweet soy sauce. It is usually used to replace regular soy sauce in making dips or oyster sauce in cooking stir fry foods. You can visit the link to see the exact recipe if you want to make it at home. Following the recipe will provide you more than a month supply of it. On the otherhand, you may opt to buy it in any nearby Asian store at your place. Thaks for visiting!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 13, 2018:

This dish looks great and sound interesting. I don't know what homemade kecap manis is however. So clue me in and I will see if I can make this recipe. Thanks.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on September 13, 2018:

Hi Louise,

It is absolutely delicious! The balance of the flavor will simply satisfy your palate. Thanks for dropping by!

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on September 13, 2018:

It looks delicious. My mouth is watering now.

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