• Serves: 1
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy

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 I’d 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.


here's what you'll need...

  • 1 nest of dried egg noodles
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 small red onion
  • 8 mushrooms
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 pak choi
  • 2 tbsp mirin (a sweet rice wine)
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • A pinch of chilli powder (optional)
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce

mee goreng ingredients

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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    First, cook the noodles according to the packet instructions, then rinse in cold water, drain and set aside.

    mee goreng step 1

  • 2

    Finely chop the garlic and finely slice the onion. Dice the mushrooms and thinly slice the pepper. Thinly slice the pak choi stems, and roughly tear the leaves.


  • 3

    Heat half the oil in a large frying pan or wok over a high heat. Crack the egg into the pan, then quickly stir it around until it has scrambled into small pieces. Put the egg in a bowl and set aside.

    mee goreng step 4

  • 4

    Add the rest of the oil to the pan, then add the onion and garlic. Stir-fry over a high heat until the onion is golden and softened, then add the mushrooms and cook until they have darkened and started to shrink. Add the peppers and pak choi stems, and cook for another couple of minutes. Ensure the heat is high so everything doesn’’t become soggy, and stir constantly to stop it burning.

    Then splash in the mirin, let it bubble away and evaporate, and add the oyster sauce, chilli powder (if using) and soy sauce. Stir to coat the vegetables in the sauce, then add the noodles and toss everything together along with the pak choi leaves. Add the egg and toss together.

    steps 2

  • 5

    Serve immediately, with extra soy sauce if you like.

    mee goreng post image 1



By Elly McCausland on 18.10.13

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