Mie Goreng Jawa (Javanese Style Fried Noodle)

What makes a Chinese style fried noodle and Javanese fried noodle different from each other? I’m not an expert but I think it lies on the spices that is being used in both dishes. Minced garlic and sauces including soy sauce are being used in Chinese style but pound shallots, garlic and some other Indonesian spices are being used in Javanese style as well as kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce). The texture on both dishes are also different, Javanese style has somewhat wet texture thanks to the addition of chicken broth while the Chinese one has a dry texture. Then if I’m not mistaken, Javanese noodle is cooked with anglo which is a traditional stove using coal as it’s fuel while Chinese used wok with a very high temperature stove.

But I’m in no position to debate which one got better taste as both of them are equally delicious in their own special way.

Mie Goreng Jawa

– 500 gr lomi (wet noodle, has bigger diameter than normal noodle, but if it’s not available use 250 gr normal noodle)
– 1 tbs kecap manis
– 1 tbs soy sauce
– 100 gr cooked chicken, shredded
– 5 beef meatball. sliced
– 2 eggs, lightly beaten
– 1/2 red tomato, cubed
– 50 gr bean sprouts
– 50 gr cabbage, sliced
– 3 choy sam, cut
– 2 tbs kecap manis
– 1/2 tbs soy sauce
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1 tsp pepper
– 1/2 tsp sugar
– 250ml chicken broth
– 2 spring onion, sliced
– 2 tbs vegetable oil
– Fried onion
– Celery, chopped

Spice Paste:
– 4 garlic
– 5 shallots
– 3 candlenuts, roasted
– 15 gr dried shrimp, soften in hot water for couple minutes and fried

– Pound spice paste in pestle and mortar until smooth or in a food processor.

– Mix noodle with 1 tbs kecap manis and 1 tbs soy sauce.
– Fry spice paste in vegetable oil until fragrant. Set on the side of the pan, add eggs, scramble eggs.
– Add shredded chicken and beef meatball. Mix well, add tomato, bean sprouts, cabbage, choy sam. Mix well.
– Add kecap manis, soy sauce, salt, pepper and sugar, mix well. Add chicken broth, continue cooking until broth has evaporated and vegetable is done.
– Add noodle, cooked until done. Add fried onion and chopped celery.

Source: Sedap Magazine

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