I can include quite a few comfort meals to my repertoire, one of which is Mie (Bami) Goreng, Indonesian fried noodles, also known as Mie Tek Tek and sold by street hawkers in Indonesia. Named after the sound of the spatula hitting the wok: ‘tek-tek’. Derived from the Chinese Low- Mein or Chow Mein but with an added Indonesian twist like Kecap Manis – Sweet Soy Sauce.
So ‘Tek-Tek’ away to ensure your household knows these tasty noodles are ready to be served.
Try my simple version of this Indonesian fried noodles dish. There are some variations at the bottom of this recipe.
14 oz egg noodles
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 small onions, sliced thin
5 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz chicken breast, cut into cubes
1.7 oz ham sliced in strips (optional)
3 red chili peppers, thinly sliced
2 stalk of green onions, chopped in 2 inches
1 tablespoon celery, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons kecap manis
salt to taste
4 oz cabbage, shredded
Cook the dried noodles al dente and drain, rinse in cold water and drain again. Set aside. Beat the eggs with a pinch of salt . Bake a thin omelet and let it cool. Roll it up and cut it into strips. Set aside.
Fry the onions and garlic in oil until fragrant. Add the chicken and ham and stir fry for a few times. Then add the noodles and vegetables, except the cabbage. Toss the noodles and all ingredients until well combined. Add the kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) and salt to taste. Stir fry for a couple of minutes. Add the cabbage and stir for another minute. Serve immediately, garnished with the strips of omelet and some fried onions,
1) Meats / Fish: use pork, beef, fresh shrimps or fish balls .
2) Vegetarian: replace meats with deep fried cubed firm tofu. Instead of red chili peppers use bell peppers, thinly sliced. Add chopped bok choy or blanched sliced carrots.
3) Seasonings: add some sambal oelek (chili paste) after the onions and garlic and stir fry.
4) Garnish: add thinly sliced cucumbers, tomato wedges and serve some shrimp crackers with it.