Malaysian-Style Spicy Fried Noodles (Mie Goreng)
Popular Malaysian Street Food
Fried noodles, known as mie goreng in Malaysia, is sold by street vendors and in the mamak stalls (open-air food establishments). Flavourful and often spicy, this dish is made with thin yellow noodles fried in oil with dried red chilies, garlic, shallots, bean sprouts, chives, cabbage, and shrimp, prawns, or chicken. The combination makes for a very delicious meal.
The dish is also widely known in other Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia, Brunei, and Singapore.
Growing up, I usually ate mie goreng with my family for breakfast. I love spicy food, so eating spicy food in the morning was not an issue for me. The noodles had the perfect balance of taste: spicy, sweet, and salty.
Now that the cold weather has returned, I like to cook comfort food for dinner. Mie goreng is one of my favorite choices because it is a very easy recipe.
- 2 (5.6-oz) packets yellow noodles
- 1/2 pound shrimp or prawn, deveined (or chicken)
- 7-8 dried red chilies, seeded, soaked in a hot water, and drained
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 shallots
- 4-5 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
- Water for blending
- 1 cup bean sprouts, rinsed
- 1 egg
- Cooking oil
- 2 cups green mustard or Chinese cabbage, cut shortly
- 2 Asian red and green pepper or Serrano pepper, thinly sliced for garnish (optional)
- Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook the noodles for 30 seconds, drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
- Prepare the paste: In a blender, combine dried red chilies, garlic, shallots, and add some water. Blend until it makes a paste.
- Heat the cooking oil in a wok or a large pan over medium heat. Saute the paste until it is fragrant.
- Add the shrimp or chicken into the paste. Stir occasionally for 3 minutes.
- Add the sweet soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, salt, and egg. Stir occasionally for 5 minutes.
- Add the yellow noodles and stir-fry continuously until the noodles are well-combined.
- Add the bean sprouts and the mustard greens. Stir for another 5 minutes.
- Place noodles on a plate or in a bowl. Garnish with peppers.
- Serve immediately.
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