Indonesian hawker chicken noodle wannabe

Screenshot_2017-04-28-14-19-48-449!!! مرحبا (marhabaa!!!= Hello!!!)

Chicken Noodle or in Indonesia we call it Mie Ayam is definitely one of اكلاتي المفضلة (aklaatiy almufadhalah= my favorite foods).

You can find it almost everywhere in Indonesia, not only in Jakarta but in most of other cities as well, either in restaurants or in hawker food stalls on the street (which I think is the best version of this dish).

I tried to make it here using ingredients which can be found here in Amman. Fortunately, most supermarket here have an Asian products shelf.

الحمد لله (Alhamdulillah= praise to God) this home made version turned out to be good a.k.a edible and enjoyable! But still, to me the authentic hawker-style one from abang-abang or mas-mas Mie Ayam in Indonesia is hard to beat.

Indonesian Chicken Noodle

  1. The noodle: preferably yellow noodle but here I use thick rice noodle. Boil noodle in water, usually for 8-10 minutes (or follow the instructions in the packaging). Once it’s cooked, drain, put into a bowl, and season with:
    • Sesame oil: you can get it from Asian product shelf in supermarket.
    • Garlic oil: heat olive oil in a pan, add minced garlic and salt, stir fry until they are golden-browned (I don’t think the authentic one uses olive oil, but here I use olive oil as usually have garlic infused olive oil in my kitchen).
  2. The chicken: here I use chicken breast fillet, cut into cubes
    • Heat vegetable oil in a pan, add minced onion, wait for 2-3 minutes, then add the chicken and a couple of bay leaves. When the chicken is half-done, add white mushroom (champignon), then add chicken broth and chopped green onion.
    • Season with white pepper, sweet soy sauce, fish sauce, and salty soy sauce.
  3. The presentation:
    • Put the seasoned noodle onto a plate/bowl. Put green veggies (simply boil it first with water or chicken broth), pour the chicken on top of the noodle.
    • Add chili sauce or here I use chopped red chili for a spicy kick.

That’s it! !صحتين (sahtayn, literally means “two healths”, said in meal times to wish good eating, or in other words an Arabic version of “bon appetite“).

If you visit Indonesia, give it a try. Usually the vendors provide the chili separately so you can adjust the spiciness level as you like. Alternatively, ممكن (mumkin = perhaps) you can try making it as I did to get a taste of Indonesia at your home 🙂

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