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Mie Goreng Khol – Fried Noodles with Cabbage

This dish is from the book Bali: The Food of My Island Home by Janet De Neefe. A vegetarian noodle dish with real flavours.


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Mie Goreng Khol – Fried Noodles with Cabbage
January 2, 2013

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Mie Goreng Khol – Fried Noodles with Cabbage

I was debating whether or not to blog this recipe; but I thought why the hell not. Someone out there might be looking for it.

This recipe comes from a magazine rip out which contained a book extract from the book Bali: The Food of My Island Home by Janet De Neefe.

The picture in the magazine looked great, which of course made me want to try it. Although 5 eschalots, 8 cloves of garlic, 5 chillies and 500g of cabbage seems rather excessive for just 2 portions. I went with 4 shallots and less cabbage and chillies and it still seemed like way too much food. Well luckily it tasted good, and I will need to eat in the not too distant futures. Leftovers were inevitable.

As there is no meat in this dish, you can add duck, mince, or tofu. Whatever takes your fancy really. Whilst it was good, it’s not something I think I’ll make again… not when I have billions of cookbooks and magazine rip outs to get through.

Mie Goreng Khol (Fried Noodes with Cabbage)
Janet De Neefe

60ml (ΒΌ cup) vegetable oil
5 Asian red eschalots, thinly sliced
8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
3 long red chillies, seeded, thinly sliced
2 red bird’s-eye chillies, thinly sliced
2 baby leeks or Β½ large leek
500g white cabbage, shredded
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon kecap manis
1 teaspoon fish sauce
Β½ teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
150g fresh egg noodles
2 tablespoons Asian fried shallots

1. Heat oil in a wok over a high heat. Add eschalots and garlic, and fry, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.

2. Add the chillies and leeks, and toss for a further minute, stirring constantly. Add the cabbage, sauces and pepper, and cook for 2 minutes or until the cabbage is wilted and soft. It is becomes dry, add a little water.

3. Add noodles and toss until thoroughly mixed with cabbage. You may want to take wok off the heat if you are not able to work quickly. Use tong if you prefer. 

4. Add half the fried shallots and toss for another minute or until noodles are cooked through. Taste for seasoning and add salt or more sauced if needed.

5. Top with remaining fried shallots to serve.

Serves 2. 


9 comments on “Mie Goreng Khol – Fried Noodles with Cabbage
  1. Nic@diningwithastud

    Happy New Year Shell πŸ™‚ This is perfect for me! I love the still substantial but not meatness of it πŸ™‚

    January 3, 2013 at 9:01 am
  2. Tina @ bitemeshowme

    I have such a soft spot for noodles. I just love how the world is your oyster and the ingredients you choose to put in are your choice. It’s a good way to experiement with flavours as well.

    January 3, 2013 at 10:17 am
  3. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    This is a great weeknight dinner meal and leftovers are perfect for work the next day πŸ˜‰ Will bookmark this so Ricky will make it for me hahaha ~ I know what you mean about not making this again, I always try to bake new things too πŸ˜€

    January 4, 2013 at 1:31 am
  4. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

    I’ll make it with tofu. Looks delicious.

    January 4, 2013 at 6:20 am
  5. ChopinandMysaucepan

    Dear Iron Chef Shellie,

    I love a good mee goreng and I think there can be some really good vegetarian versions if the correct ingredients are used in the right amounts.

    Janet de Neefe’s life story is an amazing one and I have been to her restaurant in Bali. However, I’m not sure if all the recipes are to my liking. Cooking with Kecap Manis gives the dish a sickly sweet tinge which dislike because I think these kind of dishes should bend on the savoury side. And I think combining it with oyster sauce is definitely a no go zone to me – is this South east Asian or Chinese?

    IMHO, the one single ingredient that gives awesome flavour and that “comfort food” taste to a good fried rice or mee goreng is a good quality light soy sauce.

    January 4, 2013 at 11:51 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      My friend went to her cooking school and raved about it. Would love to go one day. I have another recipe by her to try, and if it’s good I might buy the book.

      January 6, 2013 at 8:11 am
  6. Sara @bellyrumbles

    Very appreciative of this dish as I am on the look out for more vegetarian dishes. Yum πŸ™‚

    January 10, 2013 at 12:47 pm
  7. msihua (@msihua)

    Noodles make my heart sing πŸ™‚

    January 13, 2013 at 1:34 pm
  8. Ling

    Imma stalking ya old posts.. Was searching for fried noodle recipes.

    July 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm
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