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Mie Goreng (Indonesian Fried Noodles)

Mie Goreng (Indonesian Fried Noodles)
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I have been so busy recently I can hardly find any time to have a breather. If you’ve been following my blog and Twitter, you will know that working on my cookbook has pretty much consumed all my time. As a result, I have been eating out more, and cook only when time permits.

In the past, I would always attempt to make my Asian dishes from scratch. If that means tedious work and hours of making my own spice paste, I would do it. But I can no longer afford the time. As a result, instant spice paste and seasonings have become my easy and go-to ingredients nowadays. I absolutely love them, especially the World Foods line of instant paste, condiments, and sauces, which I bought from my neighborhood Whole Foods market. (World Foods products are made in Malaysia and Thailand.)  As an Asian food enthusiast, I can’t live without my rice, noodles, and I am just so glad that I can still enjoy authentic and scrumptious Asian dishes in practically 15 minutes, with these instant paste products…

For my lunch today, I made Mie Goreng, or Indonesian fried noodles, using World Foods Indonesian Fried Rice Paste.  It was delicious and so easy to make. Most importantly, it satisfies every ounce of my craving for this noodle dish, and totally reminded me of my holidays in Bali when every lunch, the hotel butler would bring a serving of this flavorful noodles to me!

Here is my mie goreng (Indonesian Fried Noodles) recipe. Please take note that this is a very simple version of this iconic Indonesian dish. It fits my busy schedules and doesn’t compromise on the taste. You can also use the same paste to make nasi goreng, or fried rice.

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  1. Kate

    Thanks for recommending this instant paste. I always cheat with instant paste or sauce, who has time to make everything from scratch all the time?

  2. I so agree with you Bee that sometimes lack of time makes cooking from scratch impossible esp. during weeknights. There’s nothing wrong with using ready made pastes or sauces if they are good quality. So convenient. I LOVE mie goreng and yours looks every bit ‘authentic’.

    • Eleanor – correct, life is too short and busy sometimes to make everything from scratch. That’s why I love great instant paste such as this. I must say that their products are all safe with no MSG and chemicals, etc.

  3. Laura

    I had to laugh, because Whole Foods has 4 locations in Hawaii..none of which are on the island that I live on (haha). I’ll be going to Singapore in a few months so I may have to wait until then to pick some up. This is one of my favorite foods :)

    Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  4. While busying preparing your cookbook, you still can find time to cook this and that! Amazing…. This one looks good! Me too, i can’t live without rice and noodle. With Kecap manis, this turns to be more like the indonasiean version. Here in Singapore, Indians put it in too. Wishing you a happy day ahead and Jia You! :)

  5. I love using instant paste as well when I have no time to cook, which is actually most of the time;), I am glad that I am still on holiday at the moment…! Your mie goreng looks great!

  6. Vonny Groose

    I just checked the website and Whole Foods was not listed as the store that carry their products in MA. There were only 2 stores that carry them and none of them close to where I live. Sad.

  7. juliet

    Found your blog through MPBA. Loving your receipes; thank you!! Just wondering how spicy is the World Foods Nasi Goreng paste? I’m not big on the hot spicy aspect of Asian foods. :(

  8. Sarah

    Question about the yellow egg noodles: I’m more used to various rice noodle varieties, or fat udon noodles. The egg noodles only need to be rinsed, yes? Do you recommend a particular brand?

  9. with facebook, it’s becoming more difficult to maintain the blog ha ha ha. but i made a promise to myself that i will visit my linked sites and leave comments every single day (if they have a new post of course). maybe we should start that movement?!? – i’m chalking this new post as part of my growing list of recipes to cook. sigh. i’ve done about three already and they were massive hits! :)

  10. Hi!! I totally agree that instant paste are life savers and sometimes you really find good ones that are simply delicious and cut off hours from standing in the kitchen. I don’t think I have seen this brand. Will check it out next time. Thanks for the tip. I hope the book is getting along great!

  11. Very tasty looking plate of mee goreng. This inspires me to whip up a plate of Nyonya mee goreng, which is quite hard to find in Malaysia nowadays! My next post perhaps? Haha. *droolng* Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. I love cooking with readymade paste… and your plate looks restaurant quality with the beautiful photos. yep, I managed to visit your blog today coz I’m using a US proxy :p have fun with the finishing touches of your cookbook =)

  13. Great blog, which I turn to every time I need to dig up an Asian recipe.

    Have to make some sambal from scratch, (the sambal one eats with nasi lemak,) is it already somewhere on your blog?

  14. Hwei

    Hi, I tried to look for the World Food paste in London,UK, but they don’t have any over here. Can you recommend other paste that I can use to replaced World Food paste?

    Thank you.

  15. Mmm! This recipe sounds simple and awesome. Love the sweet soy sauce, and super cool to find out about the spice pastes they stock at Whole Foods – cool that they seem to be made in their countries of origin and authentic. The paste must be good for making fried rice too…

  16. This reminds me of Indomie, just that I prefer my noodles to be the wriggly, crinkled instant noodles-type. Not the alkaline yellow noodles.

  17. rc

    Bee, I need some help with noodles. I could not find yellow egg noodles in the vast selection of noodles (frozen or dry) in our Asian grocery store. What do they look like? Can you suggest a close substitute?

  18. Amelia Chee

    Hello Bee, tried this for Sunday brunch yesterday. Couldn’t get the nasi goreng paste, substitued with sambal belacan paste (store bought) instead. Spicyness from the sambal belacan with a tinge of sweetness from the kecap manis makes this very delish! A must try for anyone! So authentic South East Asian flavour! I am not running out of ideas on what to cook these days. Thanks to your wonderful recipes! Cheers!

  19. I just checked the website and Whole Foods was not listed as the store that carry their products in MA. There were only 2 stores that carry them and none of them close to where I live.

      • Billy Jeff

        thanks for the nice blog of yours… how i miss Malaysian food. although im a Filipino. I had been in Malaysia for 4 years and learn to eat Chinese, Indian and Malaysian cuisine.. i love mee sup and mee goreng mamak!

  20. Samantha

    Hi there,

    This looks delicious! Unfortunately I live in Montreal, Canada and can’t seem to find the paste anywhere. Is there anything I can substitute it with or perhaps make it from scratch?


  21. Dave

    Just returned from my first trip to Indonesia. Mie goreng was definitely a highlight! Thanks for the recipe. I can hardly wait to try it!

  22. Dan

    I’m currently in the middle east and luckily the hotel has an incredible Indonesian restaurant serving Mie Goreng. I’ve been pestering the chef for the ingredients since I see him everyday around the hotel! If I get it, I might have to share it.

  23. Bee, I just made this tonight and it was SOOO GOOOOOD!!! Thank you for sharing. 20 minute effort, 5 star weeknight dinner.

    Question, I am in SF and my local Asian store has at least 5 brands of nasi goreng paste but not World Foods. Do you have a second favorite brand?

  24. Serena

    Bee, I found the World Foods paste! Happen to have leftover rice. Can I use the same ratio of paste/kecap manis to make nasi goreng? The jar doesn’t suggest using kecap at all…

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