The spicy fried noodles is a favorite fried noodles dish in Southeast Asia, especially among Malaysians, Singaporeans and Indonesians. Commonly known as “Mee Goreng” in Malaysia and Singapore, or “Mi Goreng” in Indonesia, it is a flavorful and spicy one-dish meal that can be found everywhere, be it street-side hawkers or dine-in restaurants. “Mee”/”Mi” means noodles and “Goreng” means fried, or stir-fried.
It is common to use fresh yellow wheat noodles, but some vendors use the dried instant noodles or rice vermicelli, or a combination of both. This dish shares many similarities to the Chinese Chow Mein, or Chinese-style fried noodles, but with the omission of pork and lard to cater to the Muslim community and the addition of spices like sambal (chili paste) or sweet chili sauce.
I am sharing my quick and easy recipe here for this popular noodles dish, and I chose to use shrimps and squid, instead of the usual chicken, beef or mutton. Feel free to substitute out the shrimps and squids with chicken or beef strips, or omitting meat for a vegetarian version. I love the crunch of vegetables in my noodles, so I tend to be very generous with Chye Sim (or “Choy Sum” in Cantonese) and bean sprouts to the noodles. Cabbage and carrots can be used as well. If you are not able to get your hands on a good spicy sambal paste, you can use sweet chili sauce as per my recipe below.
So, let’s get out that wok and start frying!
Spicy Fried Noodles with Seafood (“Mee Goreng”)
- 450g fresh yellow wheat noodles
- 250g Chye Sim (or any leafy greens), cut in 2-inches length
- 1 cup of bean sprouts
- 1 medium yellow or red onion, sliced
- 1 medium tomato, sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 egg
- 150g shrimps with shells and veins
- 150g squid, skin removed and sliced
- 100g fish cake, sliced
- 3 tsb vegetable cooking oil
For the seasoning
- 1 tsb chilli sauce
- 1 tsb tomato sauce
- 1 tsb light soy sauce
- ½ cup water
- Salt and white pepper to taste
- Heat up the frying pan or wok with the vegetable oil.
- Add in chopped garlic and stir fry until fragrant then add in sliced onions and cook until softened.
- Add noodles and stir fry until noodles are slightly softened.
- Push the noodles to the side of the frying pan, then crack the egg in the center of pan.
- When the egg begins to cook, combine the noodles with the egg and continue to stir fry.
- Add in the tomatoes, fish cakes, squid, and shrimps and mix well with the noodles.
- Combine all the seasoning in a separate bowl and stir well.
- When the seafood is cooked, pour in the seasonings into the noodles and stir fry to mix well.
- Add in the green vegetables and continue to stir fry for 1 minute.
- Add in the bean sprouts and mix well with the noodles.
- Remove the noodles and serve immediately.