January 17, 2004

Mi Goreng

I know a lot of us survived on instant noodles through college. I did too, because it was cheap and fast, but I can't say I was a big fan of any of the flavors, especially any of the south of the border "picante" varieties. And I never figured out exactly what "oriental" flavor was. I noticed a lot of people did the smart thing, as I did, and would drain the noodles from the incomplex, salty broth before consumption. As it turns out, it wasn't Ramen, the traditional Japanese noodles with soup, that we wanted. It was Mi Goreng we wanted. Had I only known about the broth-free Indonesian instant noodles, IndoMie's Mi Goreng Pedas, or Hot Fried Noodles, I would have been a happier college student. The term Mi Goreng means "fried noodles" in Indonesian and is the same thing as Nasi Goreng (fried rice) except noodles are used instead of rice.

Mi Goreng

The seasonings in the Hot flavor consist of five small packets of chile oil with dried onions, fried shallots, condensed sweet soy sauce, crushed chiles, and a seasonings packet that I assume contains chicken boullion powder, salt and MSG (Yes, MSG, you only live once). Pretty fancy for instant noodles, eh? Indeed, opening and emptying each of these little packets can be tedious, but it's well worth it. Instead of adding the seasonings to the noodles that are cooking in the boiling water, you add the drained noodles to the seasonings and mix. You end up with a flavorful, spicy, glistening noodle concoction that is supposed to resemble fried noodles. It comes close. Ok, not really, but still very tasty.


I can't say instant Mi Goreng tastes anything like the real thing, but it's about ten times better than any Top Ramen that's out there and at the same price so I keep a stash in the back of my pantry for emergency meals. And if you like spice, this brand has got some definite kick. They also have a Regular flavor that is mild, and Satay flavor that is really spicy. And since I am an adult now I try to dress it up a bit with some seared shrimp, fresh scallions and a fried egg to make it a bit more authentic and to round out my meal.

Mi Goreng with shrimp, egg and scallions

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Posted by yi at January 17, 2004 2:48 AM

That's great info, Yi. One of my fave dishes is the Mie Goreng Tahu at Java Noodle on Oltorf. Now when I think of Indo, I'm gonna think of you.

Posted by: Rod at January 20, 2004 2:20 PM

HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA!!! I too survived Uni on a diet of noodles, my favourite being the simpler 'Mi Goreng' variety which I still munch on today. We must've been considered too poor for the hot variety.

I have to say that all other flavours tend to taste of mildly flavoured salt, although I've got my eye on 'Chicken Curry'...


Posted by: LeBeourfCurtaine at February 1, 2004 10:41 AM

Another way which I like to enjoy Mi Goreng is adding 1-2 teaspoons of peanut butter to the flavour mix. It makes for a great satay flavour.

Posted by: Rollo47 at June 14, 2005 9:10 PM

I am eating mi goreng now. With broth. I cant stand it without the broth. If i didnt have the broth I wouldnt have any water intake (as booze doesnt count as water). Woo

Posted by: wazsie at June 17, 2005 12:54 AM

I was hooked on IndoMie Mi Goreng noodles for four years while studying in Melbourne. Now i'm back in Norway, and i can't find any. How can i get my hands on some?

Posted by: Jarle at September 27, 2005 7:27 AM

hehe, i live off these noodles. Partly because thats all i can stomach ( go figure??) and partly because im poor!
Yah-haw for happiness and mi-goreng!
Indo-mie, we owe you our everything!
Kit xox

Posted by: Kit at September 27, 2005 7:31 AM

hey guys,
i was too a big fan of mi goreng but i just found out that the company- indofoods that makes mi goreng was blown up in the bali bombings on the weekend. there will be no more noodles ever produced.
stock up while you still can. i just bought 20 boxes of mi goreng from my local supplier.
rest in peace mi goreng.

Posted by: jason at October 3, 2005 4:09 AM

my family and i baisicly live off migoreng probably two packets a day 4 days a week
if u havent yet tried the sensation of flavour of migoreng i feel pity for you because if what jason said about the bombings u should get to ur supplier at once and enjoy why u can.

Posted by: liam at October 19, 2005 4:05 AM

Go Mi Goreng! How could any uni student pass up something thats only 45 cents??! I find a great way to make them a bit healthier is to not add the oil packet (its Palm Oil.... very very cheap and nasty) and add a similar amount of Cold Pressed Virgin Olive Oil. Also adding sweet-chilli tuna to the normal variety of Mi Goreng is deeellliicious! Yum Yum - I hope they dont go out of business :( !

Posted by: Kally at October 23, 2005 10:51 PM

there are 2 things hot guys live for
1) pretty girls
2) mi goreng

Posted by: Dick Cheney at November 23, 2005 1:09 AM

I'm an Indonesian who lives in the US for almost 9 years now... Yes, I couldn't live without Indomie, either. We (me and my bro) used to have Indomie everyday for breakfast back there in Jakarta when we're little... :P
Heyyy.... Indofood's still making noodles! The manufacturer in Jakarta's producing them. They even add some flavors to their product line.
Indofood just introduced several flavors that represent the characterisic food of each province in the nation. There are many 'mi goreng's now, guys... Mi Goreng Cakalang, Mi Goreng Jawa, Mi Goreng Rendang, Mi Goreng Pedas, Mi Goreng Satay, Mi Goreng Ayam Kalasan, etc. I don't know if they export all of them overseas, though...
But for sure, if you wanna taste few features of Indonesian food that's cheap and easy, try all Indomies...!!! My favorite: MIE GORENG CAKALANG!!!

Posted by: Melanie at November 29, 2005 2:10 PM

Interesting site on how to cook PERFECT mi goreng:

www.insidejakarta.com/Recipes/Inside Jakarta - Instant Noodles.htm

Posted by: Melanie at November 29, 2005 2:26 PM

Mi Goreng noodles are the best! They are the only instant-noodles i will eat.

Posted by: Ben Burch at December 4, 2005 9:22 PM

Wow, Jason: Indofood blown up in the Bali bombings? If only that small, cuddly, family owned noodle shop had located their headquarters and factories in, say, Jakarta, instead of in Balinese food courts! Oh, wait...

Posted by: Padre at December 5, 2005 10:22 AM

Mi Goreng.
cannot describe how good they are.
20 gold stars for the creators.

Posted by: Dill & Ash at December 10, 2005 7:44 PM

I don't think I've ever produced wetter and more satisfying farts than when I've been under the influence of these bad boys.

Long live goreng!

Posted by: Stevens at February 15, 2006 3:43 PM

45 cents??? your getting ripped off mate, if you shop around in sydney and buy bulk you can pick it up for 30c a packet!!!

Another serving suggestion is instead of frying an egg seperatly just crack it in the water and stir it around a bit. add cripsy bacon too!!!

Posted by: Cole at March 6, 2006 8:35 PM

reading this page has made my mouth water. just thinking of that familiar spicy flavour.
ohh! in the world that we live in, how can something be so cheap, yet soo good?!?! well i know a lot of mi goreng fanatics, but i had NO IDEA of just how widespread the fanbase is! i love carrying on the tradition of the uni student diet's staple food: ME GORENG FOR ME!!

Posted by: Moy at April 25, 2006 8:02 AM

YUM YUM my bro is making a mi goreng food stall!!! And you guys all of you are getting ripped off. I get them for 15c a pkt at asian supermarkets!!!


Posted by: n0 name at May 6, 2006 11:40 PM

mi goreng are sure nice.

i think westerners forget how simple things an be the best. with the right blend of things u can make good food, but of course im no chef so for now mi gorengis good. satay is my favourite..

asian food is sure very good

i just put egg,noodle together. very tasty !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: matthias at May 16, 2006 4:00 PM

Wow, what a fanbase!

Word up to Mi Goreng. They are the bestest.

Posted by: Charles at May 30, 2006 9:18 AM

awwwww...we have Mi Goreng (original) noodles nearly everyday...my kids (8 kids) love it...my 2 year old boy demands Mi Goreng...should hear him say it!
If you get sick of eating it everyday, and it's the only thing left in your cupboards, try squeezing a few drops of lemon in it & it gives it a little twist to the taste, but it still tastes unbelievable...Love these Mi Goreng noodles.....whoever made them ROCKS HARD OUT!!!

Posted by: Ffsio at July 10, 2006 9:36 PM

If you like mi goreng, try Nissin Stir Noodles too! They come in Sesame Chicken, Jahjian (sweet bean flavoured sauce), Teriyaki Chicken and Spicy Garlic. They come in bigger packets (100g) than Indomie Mi Goreng. Mmmm....and also try Myojo Sarawak Mee Kolok (an instant version of a popular street stall noodle dish) which is like Mi Goreng without the chilli spice yummmm. I'm a compulsive instant noodle buyer with a HUGE stash in my pantry and my drawer at work. Myojo Mee Goreng is pretty good too. Especially the Mee Pok variety (flat noodles). Myojo used to make a really big supersized me goreng in 100g packs, called Myojo 100.

Posted by: natx at July 19, 2006 10:41 AM

word to the noodle...
a little preparation tip for those in cooler climates: sit the liquid sachets next to the hotplate you're boiling the mie on. it will warm them, reducing viscosity, thus making it easier to re-combine the seperated ingredients of the seasoning oil (the white one with black chunks in). it also makes the soy heaps easier to dispense.

Posted by: Yorick at August 20, 2006 4:41 AM

OMFG dude these are like the best noodles in the FUCKING WORLD. down at me local asian deli u can get a box of 32 of them for $8 thats right $8!!!!
they are also good if u got mega munchies!!!!

Posted by: nathan at August 20, 2006 11:54 PM

hi i live in Western Australia and i love these fucking mi goeng noodles i get them wholesale because i know the whosaler down are Fremantle I get them for $9 for a box of 40 thatís like 18c a pacet cool hay I have like 30 odd box stashed away for emergencies

Posted by: Andrew at September 5, 2006 8:13 AM

wow, i think everyone in australia is basically addicted to this amazing product.
two packs a day or i go crazy.
ammmaazzziiinggggggggggg food.
and the whole bomb thing must not be true because were definatly still getting mi goreng thru. mind you, i heard that rumour last year and it was hard to find around my area for a while..explains alot.

i love this shit, i wanna buy the company.

Posted by: Ben at September 5, 2006 10:55 PM

I live in Perth, Australia and I get the same Mi Goreng noodles from my local supermarket for 40 (AUS) cents a packet. I could live off these things. I just had some and i'm fresh out...

My deepest condolonces for the people in countries who do not have access to this glorious godsend.

Posted by: Sian at September 10, 2006 1:37 AM

GMO warning!! will cause cancer.. and it's band in Japan.. but hey, I love it~ Used to eat them in Adelaide S.Australia.. but now im living here in S.Korea it is hard to get them. I have to order from the internet and still im not getting the same one.. there are a few different styles.. mine is missing the fried onion. But guys.. totally bad for you mate! but hey very true.. only live once and things in moderation is ok right?

Posted by: kelly at October 2, 2006 11:08 PM

O MY GOD, I have no idea what I'd do with these awesome noodles. Seriously, they are one of the best things in my life, cheap, tasty, fast...duh...well, one pack is never enough, the flavour is very very addictive, I enjoy it most when I watch south park. south park and mi goreng is a fucking awesome combo. It's better than drugs and booze...seriously, seriously...

Posted by: emi at November 13, 2006 8:11 PM

I lived in Sydney for two years and became hooked on Mi Goreng. Now that I'm back in the US, I'm having withdrawls.

I Love it!

Posted by: Cody at November 20, 2006 5:39 PM

For all the people who miss out on Indomie where they live, you can actually buy Indomie on Amazon.com! How funny is that?!

Posted by: Sabina at November 28, 2006 10:28 PM

I live in Adelaide! I love mi goreng! lol, like everyone i know who tries it gets addicted... just need to find new people to convert!!

Posted by: Emily at November 30, 2006 2:42 AM

great.. i too love "mie goreng".
Thanks Indofood. you're indeed the biggest company in Indonesia

Posted by: jan at December 7, 2006 3:02 AM

Came to this through wikipedia, and wish to add my voice too. Great noodles.

Posted by: John S. at January 6, 2007 10:36 PM

i never know that indomie have so much fans !!!
the postings above are hillarious!!!! LOL...
you guys make me feel lucky that i am able to get indomie , both fried and broth for every 20 meters !!!
im not lying, i mean there are lots of food stalls here and minimarket, all of them, sell indomie! with so amny flavors! thanks, i never know that im such a lucky girl! lol :D

Posted by: anita at January 8, 2007 3:45 AM

Try a few varies of preparing it.

So far i've tried.

Cooking the noodle as usual.. Fry a pan up and add the noodles, it makes it even more dry and cruncy!!
Crack an egg into it when it is frying!!

You might even try adding a tea-spoon of peanut butter in the sauce mixture. mmmmm

Posted by: Bo L at February 19, 2007 12:40 AM

I'm an expat in Qatar. I used to live on the swanky noodles during my college days in Adelaide and not to my surprise here too (due to limited food options here in the Gulf).

The local here luuuuuvvv the stuff, they don't come in singles. Carefour had them in a pack of 5 or carton.

Mi Goreng is proof the devine work!!! go indo-mie

Posted by: nanda at February 22, 2007 7:48 AM

These are the best fucking n00dles in the world. I just had 2 packets with some fried egg.
I only found out about these probally 6 months ago. I feel bad for having eaten that Maggi bullshit for so long and missing out on the Mi Goreng ownage!

best food 4 gamers lolrofl
Mi Goreng FTMFW

Posted by: Weiss at February 24, 2007 9:01 PM

I cannot believe it has taken me this long at uni to discover the awesomeness of Mi Goreng, life on a student budget would have been so much easier (and tastier) these last couple of years. So freaking delicious and all for 30c a packet. I will NEVER go back to eating Maggi noodles ever again.

Posted by: Meg at March 3, 2007 12:28 AM

HOLY SHIT! I am an American exchange student studying in Melbourne and I just randomly picked a crazy-looking noodle package at Safeway up, and it was the BEST 40 cents of my life!! I'm definitely grabbing a huge box of these when I get the chance. Just hope that I can find these in the US when I move back. Mi Goreng own the shit out of Top Ramen.

Posted by: matt at March 30, 2007 3:01 PM

I love these noodles! Never again will I eat the cheapo ramen noodles. IndoMie Mi goreng has changed my college experience.

Now does anyone know how to pronounce it phonetically?

Posted by: chris at April 9, 2007 5:28 PM

i can't eat them without falling asleep. what's up with that?

Posted by: john at July 30, 2007 11:37 AM

i want to meet the creator.

please join my mi goreng myspace group.

i am so in love with all of you.


Posted by: rachel at November 15, 2007 8:57 PM
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