veggie mee goreng recipe
Prepare time: 20 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 25 min
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 pieces dried bean curd, cut into small pieces
  • 1 potato, boiled, peeled, and sliced into wedges
  • 1 big tomato, cut into wedges
  • A handful fresh bean sprouts
  • 1 lb fresh yellow noodles, rinsed and drained
  • Chopped scallions, for garnishing
  • Red chili, for garnishing
  • Fried shallots, for garnishing
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges


  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon sweet soy sauce or kecap manis
  • 3 tablespoon tomato ketchup
  • Sugar and salt to taste


Make the sauce.

Let’s heat up the wok and pour in cooking oil. Throw in garlic and stir fry until you smell that yummy garlic, then add bean curd and tomato wedges. Stir and add yellow noodles and that beautiful sauce until everything is well combined.

Now we know you want to yell out the window and let the neighborhood know about how well you sauté, but I doubt anyone wants to hear self-extolling…so let’s just calm that noise down and get back to cooking.

Add sugar and salt for taste.

Add in the bean sprouts and quick stir for another 1 minute. Turn off the heat, dish out, garnish with the scallions, red chili, and fried shallots. Squeeze some lime juice over the noodles before eating.

veggie mee goreng fried noodles
veggie mee goreng (fried noodles)

There’s a rule of thumb when it comes to travelers: don’t be an annoying tourist / traveler. This is a golden rule to follow;  fellow travelers and locals will appreciate it.

But if you must be annoying, please be super annoying because a little annoying is just plain irritating but immensely annoying is memorable. Be memorable and you just might have a story based on you and a recipe inspired by your uncultured behavior.

This recipe was inspired by Jonathon Engels's story:

Backpacker Friendly: A List of Don’ts | Malaysia


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here