This comes together in minutes and is both nutritious and deeply satisfying, the perfect quick lunch or dinner. Just as good as a Sunday roast, and you can follow it with some British strawberries and a nice cup of tea .
How many of you enjoy returning to a hearty roast after a couple of weeks of Spanish tapas, or look forward to a proper bowl of warming porridge after one too many continental breakfasts? Who is happy to come back to a country that does, I can confirm, grow the best apples in the world? Foreign apples never really compare. Ditto strawberries. We all have our own little food-related rituals that another country, however vibrant and diverse its cuisine, can never quite match. And we all know it’s impossible to get a decent cup of tea outside the UK.
Perhaps I’m odd, then, because the first thing I wanted to eat when I came back from Indonesia last week was exactly what I’d been eating over there. You’d think Id have run straight for a cheese sandwich after a month of zero dairy, or perhaps a nice slab of bacon after four weeks in a predominantly Muslim country, but all I wanted to do was carry on as I’d been doing. Indonesian food is fantastic (you’ll be hearing a lot more from me on the subject in the near future, so watch this space!), and I wasn’t ready to kick my noodle habit just yet.
So I rustled up my own version of an absolute Indonesian classic: mee goreng. Mee means noodles, goreng means fried (but pan-fried in this case, not deep-fried). You’ll find this dish all over Indonesia, particularly from the street food vendors who carry a large bamboo stick on one shoulder, a small stove hanging from one end, a box of ingredients from the other, and who wait to be flagged down by eager customers, keen for this filling dish to be put together with sizzling splendor before their eyes. It’s quite a culture shock to anyone used to sitting down in a restaurant and ordering their food from a menu, for it to be prepared behind closed doors and presented by a waiter.
A disclaimer: This is by no means an authentic Indonesian recipe, it’s just my version of a very satisfying Indonesian combination: egg noodles, salty sauce, crunchy vegetables and fried egg. You can add whatever vegetables you like, and some meat or tofu if you want to make things more substantial.