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Simple Malaysian Mee Goreng

22/09/2020 (Last Updated: 30/10/2020)

Stir fried noodles in 5 minutes? Yes please. Drizzled in a mix of sweet soy sauce, sriracha, and sesame oil, this easy Mee Goreng recipe will have your taste buds flaming with flavour!

Plate of noodles topped with a fried egg, Malaysian style.

Why We Love This

These sweet + salty + spicy Malaysian noodles burst with a simple blend of South East Asian flavours that are so addictive you won’t want to stop. They’re easy to make, with simple ingredients you’re likely to have in the pantry, especially if you love cooking spicy Asian recipes.

We could happily eat these noodles for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Twirling instant noodles around a fork.

What Is Mee Goreng?

Mee Goreng (also spelled mi goreng / mie goreng) is a Malaysian and Indonesian fried noodles dish, very popular as a street food sold along the road or at hawker centres.

The classic spicy noodles are a treat to slurp down with a big mug of teh tarik at your side.

What You’ll Need

These mie goreng noodles are super simple to make at home. All you need are instant noodles (don’t worry about the flavour sachet, you can save that for another time) and a handful of tasty ingredients to make your sauce.

Ingredients laid out for mee goreng noodles.

Two key items to get this just right are:

Kecap manis – this is a very dark, sticky Indonesian sweet soy sauce. You’ll sometimes find it smothered over sate lilit or used in sauce bases like this dish. It’s now commonly available in most supermarkets (in Australia anyway) or if you have no luck there, head to your nearest Asian supermarket or online.

Bottle of Kecap Manis.

Sriracha: A fiery hot chilli sauce and super popular condiment in South East Asian cuisine. This is what brings the heat! Find it in most supermarkets in the Asian aisle, or at your local Asian supermarket. If you want to tone it down, use tomato sauce / ketchup instead. You can also use sambal oelek as a substitute.

Bottle of Sriracha hot chilli sauce.

FAQs

How can I make my mee goreng noodles more of a meal?

If you’re looking to make more of a meal out of this dish, you’ll want to add protein and vegetables.
Protein: Prawns / shrimp, chicken, pork or tofu.
Vegetables: Bean sprouts, carrot and bok choy go really well with the flavours.

What’s the difference between nasi goreng and mee goreng?

Nasi goreng is a soy sauce based Indonesian fried rice dish whereas mee goreng is a noodle based sweet soy (kecap manis) based dish popular in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Variations & Substitutes

Noodles covered in a mee goreng sauce base being lifted out of the bowl.

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Pile of mie goreng noodles on a plate with a fried egg.

Simple Malaysian Mee Goreng

Stir fried noodles in 5 minutes? Yes please. Drizzled in a mix of sweet soy sauce, sriracha, and sesame oil, this easy Mee Goreng recipe will have your taste buds flaming with flavour!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Malaysian
Servings: 2 serves
Calories: 758kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $5

Ingredients

Optional:

Instructions

The Noodles:

  • Cook instant noodles according to packet directions, omit the sauce sachet, and drain.

The Mee Goreng Sauce Base:

  • Grab a small bowl to make the mee goreng sauce. Mix together the kecap manis (2 tbsp), sriracha (2 tbsp), sweet chilli sauce (1 tbsp), soy sauce (1 tbsp) and curry powder (1 tsp).
  • Now fire up your wok over a medium heat, get the sesame oil sizzling nicely then throw in your freshly cooked instant noodles.
  • Pour in your mee goreng sauce and toss everything around the wok until it's nice and even. This should take less than a minute – you just want those noodles covered, then get them out of the pan and into some bowls for serving.

Optional: The Egg + Garnishes

  • Add a splash of sesame oil or vegetable oil into the same wok (with noodles removed) and crack in the eggs and fry 'em how you like 'em.
  • Layer the fried egg over your noodles and add crispy shallots, crushed peanuts and spring onion to garnish.

Recipe Notes

Tips to get this just right:
  • Make it a meal: Add protein and vegetables.
    Protein ideas: Prawns / shrimp, chicken, pork or tofu.
    Vegetables ideas: Bean sprouts, carrot and bok choy go really well with the flavours.
  • Kecap manis – this is a very dark, sticky Indonesian sweet soy sauce. You’ll sometimes find it smothered over sate lilit or used in sauce bases like this dish. It’s now commonly available in most supermarkets (in Australia anyway) or if you have no luck there, head to your nearest Asian supermarket or online.
  • Sriracha: A fiery hot chilli sauce and super popular condiment in South East Asian cuisine. This is what brings the heat! Find it in most supermarkets in the Asian aisle, or at your local Asian supermarket. If you want to tone it down, use tomato sauce / ketchup instead. You can also use sambal oelek as a substitute.
  • If you’re not all that into the spicy burn, feel free to replace sriracha with tomato sauce for a milder flavour.
  • You can easily make fried shallots at home, rather than buying pre-fried shallots.

Nutrition

Calories: 758kcal | Carbohydrates: 100g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 3763mg | Potassium: 351mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 6mg
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25 Comments

  • Reply
    Ruth
    11/08/2020 at 5:23 pm

    5 stars
    We really enjoyed this! I halved the curry powder and next time I’ll also halve the sriracha (it was a bit spicy). I will definitely make this again. It was tasty, easy, and pretty fast to put together.

    I am using this site on mobile and all the pop up ads and pop up recipe videos made commenting here extremely difficult. I am not anti-ads but any and all pop ups are a huge takeaway, especially when using mobile because the screen is already so small!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      12/08/2020 at 11:13 am

      Hey Ruth, yay, so glad you enjoyed the noodles and love your adjustments to the recipe to suit your taste.

      Also, thanks for your honest feedback, it all helps to make sure we adjust our settings as we go and find the balance between ads and content without interfering. 🙂 Appreciate it!

  • Reply
    Gretchen
    17/08/2019 at 7:35 am

    5 stars
    Just finished making/eating this YUMMY dish! Very authentic Very customizable , if you so desire. Came together in a flash and the whole fam loved it! Tastes just like the street food I remember from Thailand. Thanks so much for this recipe. It’s a keeper. I’d give more than 5 stars if I could.

  • Reply
    Gretchen Hesse
    17/08/2019 at 6:09 am

    What do you think about adding some shredded carrots and water chestnuts for crunch?

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      23/08/2019 at 2:05 pm

      Thanks so much for your feedback Gretchen, that’s awesome! Agreed, it’s a nice quick one, especially for the amount of flavour it packs. Oh I would def try the shredded carrots and chestnuts. Let us know how that goes!

  • Reply
    Alina | Cooking Journey Blog
    23/07/2019 at 8:29 pm

    5 stars
    The combination of flavors sounds amazing, I would be glad to such a bowl for lunch!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      24/07/2019 at 12:07 pm

      Mm good idea! *runs off to the kitchen* 🙂

  • Reply
    Annie @ Annie's Noms
    23/07/2019 at 7:58 pm

    I could definitely eat these for breakfast, lunch and dinner too! They look amazing and so delicious. We have noodles at least once a week, need to try these ASAP!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      24/07/2019 at 12:06 pm

      Haha a noodle lover after our own hearts! Thanks Annie, enjoy the noms!

  • Reply
    Shashi at SavorySpin
    23/07/2019 at 5:51 pm

    This is my first time hearing of Malaysian Mee Goreng and wow – what a flavor packed noodle dish it is!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      24/07/2019 at 12:06 pm

      Hey Shashi, thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the dish!

  • Reply
    Dannii
    23/07/2019 at 5:16 pm

    5 stars
    This is totally the kind of comfort food I am loving at the moment. I can’t wait to try.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      24/07/2019 at 12:05 pm

      Mm comfort’s the word, especially with all those flavours going on!

  • Reply
    Sara Welch
    23/07/2019 at 2:33 pm

    5 stars
    I know what I will be having for dinner tonight; this looks not only easy, but amazing too!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      24/07/2019 at 12:05 pm

      It totally is! Glad we could help, hope you enjoy. 🙂

  • Reply
    RainDrop
    05/10/2016 at 11:58 pm

    5 stars
    So simple and so flavourful! Thank you for this delicious recipe 🙂

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      13/10/2016 at 3:35 pm

      You’re totally welcome, enjoy!

  • Reply
    Jolina - The Unlikely Baker
    11/05/2016 at 4:09 am

    5 stars
    Love Malaysia cuisine. There’s not a lot of really authentic places to get Malaysian food where I am so I’m happy to see this recipe! And it looks really simple too. And let’s face it, you guys had me at Sriracha. Love it!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      11/05/2016 at 9:29 am

      How good is sriracha! The combo with kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) is soooo addictive. Glad we could bring a little Malaysian flavour to your part of the world! 🙂

  • Reply
    Anne Murphy
    11/05/2016 at 2:31 am

    5 stars
    Oh, so fast and simple! But full of flavor.

    I bet I could use rice noodles in this (since I can actually eat them…) Most recipes don’t adapt well to them, but I suspect this one will.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      11/05/2016 at 9:28 am

      Yep I think rice noodles would be perfect at soaking up all that delicious flavour!

  • Reply
    Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry
    10/05/2016 at 5:40 pm

    5 stars
    My OH absolutely adores this so I will send him your link.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      11/05/2016 at 9:26 am

      Oh great! Let us know how he goes with it! 🙂

  • Reply
    Sarah @ Champagne Tastes
    10/05/2016 at 2:37 am

    This sounds easy and tasty! And it looks soooo much better than just using the little noodle flavoring pack!!!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      10/05/2016 at 9:02 am

      Mm hmm! Way more flavour yet still super simple to make. Huzzah! 😀

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