Mee Goreng is a spicy fried noodle dish of Indian Muslim origin, enjoyed by everyone in Penang.
Indian Muslims or Mamak as they are called in Malaysia, prepares the most authentic Mee Goreng from their Mamak stalls.
The main ingredients are yellow medium noodle, bean curd, potatoes, fritters from flour batter and egg.
However, the secret to a good plate of Mee Goreng is in the preparation and the gravy used to cook the noodle.
Prepared before hand, the gravy is made with tomatoes, mashed potatoes, chillies, onions, vinegar and a mixture of spices.
In the middle of frying the noodle on high heat, the vendor would scoop a ladle full of the gravy and mix this in thoroughly followed by some chilli sauce.
The noodle is usually served with a wedge of lime on the side and garnished with chopped lettuce.
Some vendors include prawn fritters and squids. Others may offer chilli prawns with shell on and cuttle fish in curry sauce.
Where to get Mee Goreng: Batu Lanchang Market, Ali Stall on Kelawai Road, Gurney Drive Hawker Centre, Medan Selera Food Court on Free School Road, Mount Erskine Roadside Hawker Centre, Padang Kota Lama Food Court, Pulau Tikus Market, Seng Lee Cafe on Bangkok Lane, Sin Hup Aun Cafe in Pulau Tikus,
Heat Level: Mildly spicy / Extra Chilli is optional / Specify your desired heat level when placing your order.
If you can’t get to Penang or simply want to prepare this at home, why not try one of the cook books below: