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Sweet & Savory Indonesian Recipes

Although it may be an odd concept for many, back home in Indonesia, my favorite breakfast food is noodles. Not just any noodles, particularly Mie Ayam or Indonesian Chicken Noodles. Growing up, my family and I would sit around the dining table every weekend together to enjoy a bowl of Mie Ayam. I guess you could say they were part of the reason why I looked forward to the weekend a lot. All in all, if the day started out with Mie Ayam, it was definitely going to be a good day. So, here’s the Mie Ayam recipe and I hope eating it and sharing this meal with your family or friends will make your day as well :).

Mie Ayam recipe (Indonesian Chicken Noodles)

What you’ll need:

  • 5mL (1tsp) vegetable oil

  • 30 mL (2 tbsp) butter

  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped

  • 6 garlic coves, peeled and chopped

  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 2 celery stalks, chopped

  • 1 whole chicken, raw

  • 2L water

  • salt and pepper, to taste

  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

  • 2.5cm (1in ginger), peeled and grated

  • 45 mL (3 tbsp) sesame oil

  • 400g mushrooms

  • 30 mL (2 tbsp) oyster sauce

  • 60 mL (4 tbsp) kecap manis; Indonesian sweet soy sauce

  • 250g egg noodles

  • broccoli, cooked

  • spring onions, for garnish

  • coriander leaves, for garnish

What to do:

  • Combine the chopped onion, garlic, carrots and celery into a large sauce pan and soften with the oil and butter

  • Add the chicken, then top with the water

  • Bring to a simmer for at least 1 hour or until the chicken is cooked

  • Once chicken is cooked, remove skin and spread the meat

  • Set chicken aside

  • Strain the stock and return to the saucepan

  • In a wok or a non-stick pan, heat the sesame oil and sauté the finely chopped onion, garlic and ginger until softened

  • Add mushrooms and stir until browned

  • Lastly, add the cooked chicken to the mix

  • Add oyster sauce and kecap manis for flavor

  • Cook for 3 minutes with thorough stirring

  • While the stir-fry is cooking, boil the egg noodles according to package instructions

  • Once cooked, drain the egg noodles and mix with sesame oil

  • Divide noodles into 4 bowls, top with the stir-fry

  • Add the greens and garnish with spring onions and coriander leaves

  • Serve chicken stock on the side or combine with the noodles

  • Enjoy!!

There’s your Mie Ayam!

Now, something a little lighter. The next recipe is suited for breakfast, as a snack or even dessert. Pisang Goreng or Indonesian Banana Fritters is an all-time favorite for Indonesians. Try it out!

Pisang Goreng (Indonesian Banana Fritters)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar

  • ¼ tbsp vanilla powder

  • ½ cup milk

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tbsp butter, melted

  • 1 tsp rum flavoring

  • 4 ripe bananas, slices

  • 2 cups oil, for frying

What to do:

  • Combine flour, sugar and vanilla powder into a large bowl.

  • Make a well in the center and pour in milk, egg, melted butter and rum flavoring mix

  • Mix until smooth

  • Fold in banana slices until evenly coated

  • Heat oil in a wok or deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)

  • Fry the banana slices until golden brown and crispy

  • Remove bananas from oil and drain on paper towels

  • Serve hot! Enjoy!

  • Tip: you can dip them in condensed milk, or top it off with some chocolate sprinkles or grated cheese


Mie Ayam recipe

Pisang Goreng

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