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Malaysian Mee Goreng

A favorite in my house. This noodle dish is sweet, tangy, spicy and saucy all at once!


  • 1 lb spaghetti noodles (boiled al dente and drained) or yellow noodles
  • ½ cup shrimp - peeled, deveined and rinsed with salt
  • 2 cups cabbage - sliced thinly ( or beansprouts if available)
  • 6 stalks of green onion - cut into 1cm length
  • 3 cloves garlic-chopped
  • ½ medium onion-chopped
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 eggs
  • salt (to taste)
  • 5 tbsp oil
  • 1 lime (juice for garnishing)
  • cucumber or cilantro for garnish, optional
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 1 to 2 tbsp Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tsp Sichuan chilli oil (optional, see recipe for homemade version)
  • 1 medium potato, cut into thin slices
  • 1 square tofu (cut into 1cmx1cm cubes)
  • ½ to 1 hot chilli pepper (serrano, jalapeno, thai etc) optional


  1. Fry thinly sliced potato in oil until browned. Add a pinch of salt to potato while it's frying. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Fry tofu squares in same in oil until browned. Add a pinch of salt to tofu while it's frying. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Fry chopped onion, garlic and chilli pepper (optional) until slightly brown and fragrant.
  4. Add peeled, washed and drained shrimp. Stir constantly until shrimp is cooked. Remove shrimp from heat and set aside.
  5. Add eggs to oil and fry until no longer runny. Set to side of pan.
  6. Add ketchup and sriracha to pan; may need to add 1 to 2 tbsp of oil to prevent burning. Fry sauces until bubbly.
  7. Once sauces are bubbly, add browned potato and tofu and mix gently.
  8. Add noodles to pan. Add soy sauce and stir well.
  9. Once noodles are well mixed and warm, add thinly sliced vegetables (cabbage or beansprouts, and green onions) to the bottom of noodles.
  10. Wait 3 minutes, and stir vegetables into noodles until well mixed. Vegetables should be crispy but warm.
  11. Add back shrimp into pan with noodles and mix well.
  12. Serve hot with a garnish of thinly sliced cucumber and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges, lime juice to be added just prior to eating.


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