“Healthy” Instant Fried Noodles

Healthy Mi Goreng fried noodles with egg

Verdict: These simple addition of veggies and protein to instant noodles makes it a meal so good, you’ll crave it, whether you are a penniless student or you are just looking for a quick, rounded meal.

Healthy instant noodles? It sounds impossible, given a package of noodles provides not much more than a bunch of empty carbs, and some fat. However, adding a dose of fresh vegetables and a protein source such as a fried egg will turn this empty junk food dish into something much more well rounded.

Mi Goreng fried noodles

If you haven’t eaten Mi Goreng’s instant fried noodles before, you are in for a treat! It’s a different kind of instant noodle, one that does not produce broth. Instead, it is coated in sweet soya sauce, chili oil and topped with fried onions. When you’re strapped for time and/or cash, this dish is a great alternative to fast food or take out. It’s quick, easy and there’s only a pot and a skillet to clean at the end.

The healthy part Large pieces of broccoli and large match stick sized carrots and red pepper.

My cousin introduced this to me a few years ago when we were recovering from hangovers. Instead of veggies, she added cooked chicken and a lot of hot sauce. The dried onions coated in the sweet and spicy sauce with the crispy fried onions won me over instantly; I’ve been hooked ever since. The craving was so deeply seated that, for a time, my mission was to introduce these instant noodle to as many people as possible.

Instant noodle tipTip: Use scissors to open up the sauce packages, otherwise, you’ll be fumbling to open them with greasy fingers.

Flash boiled carrots and broccoli

Times when Mi Goreng is most helpful:

  • quick dinner, minimal clean up
  • snack for a friend that’s dropping by to catch up
  • after the bar food (you don’t have to be functioning at full capacity to make it)
  • it’s cheap and doesn’t go bad, very good for students and those living away from home

Stir veggies into noodle

You can find Mi Goreng at Asian Supermarkets or the ethnic aisle of your grocery store. You will find the sweet soya sauce near by. We’ve tried three to four different brands and found the Lee Kum Kee Sweet Soy Sauce brand to be the best performer. It has a mellow kind of sweetness and the right consistency: thicker than regular soya sauce but not as thick as honey or molasses.

Instant fried noodles with a fried egg

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“Healthy” Instant Fried Noodles

Serves: 4 | Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 packages of Mi Goreng instant noodles
  • 1 crown of broccoli florets, cut into large sized pieces
  • 2 carrots, cut into thick matchsticks
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thick matchsticks
  • 2 tablespoon sweet soya sauce
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced *optional
  • Siracha hot sauce for garnishing
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 eggs
  • salt and pepper

1. In a medium sized pot, fill with water and bring to a boil over high heat. When water is at a rolling boil, add noodles and set timer for 3 minutes. Add broccoli and carrots in last minute of cooking. Drain.

2. In same pot, add Mi Goreng seasoning packets. You can use half of each packet and add a more sweet soya sauce to compensate. This reduces the preservatives and MSG guilt. Add in noodle-carrot-broccoli mixture, sliced red pepper and 2 tablespoons of sweet soya sauce. Stir to coat. Set aside.

3. Over medium-high heat, add oil to a skillet. When oil is heated through (eggs should sizzle when added), crack 4 eggs into skillet. Season with salt and pepper. For over easy eggs, flip eggs when edges start to brown. Arrange noodles into bowl and top with a fried egg. Garnish with green onions and add Siracha for a kick of spiciness.

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