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Sambal Spiced Veggie Mee Goreng Recipe

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Fiery, red, hot and full of flavour, this Sambal Spiced Veggie Mee Goreng is a vegetarian adaptation of the classic hawker food Mi Goreng which is popular in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Singapore. Made with homemade sambal paste and tossed in veggies, this is going to be a party favourite for sure. 

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Back in my agency days when I used to work for a client based in Australia that dealt mainly with Asian food and culture, there were things that I learnt that I couldn’t even imagine.

Such a humongous ocean the world of Asian food is and the fact that I was so fortunate to handle the brand all by myself was a blessing in disguise for a foodie like me.

I have written so much about Asian food and culture that when we went to Thailand I exactly knew where to get what, the must-try, must-eat places et al it came so naturally to me.

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it amazes me how Asian culture is almost similar to Indian when it comes to rituals and practices. For example, the Chinese New year which is the largest festivity for Southeast Asians and Chinese is very similar to our Ugadi/Baisakhi/Vishu because each year is dedicated to an animal which occurs once in 60 years same as in the case of our almanac.

Similarly, offering prayers to the deceased and following rituals while making offerings and all that jazz is so similar to our culture. (You’ll be like.. Ok enough about Chinese culture, can you please talk about the recipe?) DUH! 😀

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Mee Goreng also known as Mi Goreng is a classic hawker food specialty which is popular in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

The dish is known to be derived from the Chinese chow mein and is believed to have been introduced by the Chinese immigrants in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.

This dish has many variations and can also be made with the addition of sea food, chicken and pork. The most popular version that is available in Malaysia and Singapore is the Bakmie Goreng (Chicken Fried Noodles).  Here is a meat-free version of the popular dish, with Sambal Spiced Veggie Mee Goreng Recipe.

With a recipe for vegetrian homemade Sambal paste/sauce that is so easy to make in minutes, this Sambal Spiced Veggie Mee Goreng is going to be your favourite thing to make for dinner or parties.

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So What is Sambal?

Sambal is a spicy condiment that is widely used in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. Sambal is a hot sauce or paste typically made from a mixture of a variety of chili peppers with secondary ingredients such as shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, shallot, scallion, palm sugar, lime juice, and rice vinegar or other vinegars. Sambal is an Indonesian loan-word of Javanese origin (sambel). It is native to the cuisines of Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Brunei and Singapore. It has also spread through overseas Indonesian populations to the Netherlands and Suriname. – Source WIKI

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Sambal Spiced Veggie Mee Goreng - slurpy platter-1-2
Sambal Spiced Veggie Mee Goreng Recipe
Fiery, red, hot and full of flavour, this Sambal Spiced Veggie Mee Goreng is an vegetarian adaptation of the classic hawker food which is popular in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Singapore. Made with homemade sambal paste and tossed in veggies, this is going to be a party favourite for sure. 
Sambal Spiced Veggie Mee Goreng - slurpy platter-1-2
Sambal Spiced Veggie Mee Goreng Recipe
Fiery, red, hot and full of flavour, this Sambal Spiced Veggie Mee Goreng is an vegetarian adaptation of the classic hawker food which is popular in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Singapore. Made with homemade sambal paste and tossed in veggies, this is going to be a party favourite for sure. 
Servings Prep Time
2People 30Minutes
Cook Time
15Minutes
Servings Prep Time
2People 30Minutes
Cook Time
15Minutes
Ingredients
Making your own Sambal Paste
To Make the Sambal Spiced Veggie Mee Goreng
Instructions
How to make Sambal Paste
  1. To begin making the sambal paste first soak the dried red chillies in warm water for 20 minutes until they turn soft. Blend onions, green chilies, garlic, lemongrass, and dried chilies into a paste.
  2. In a pan, heat oil and add the paste and sauté until the raw smell goes(this should roughly take about 5-7 minutes on medium low heat). Now add the turmeric powder and tamarind paste, give it a quick stir.
  3. Finally add the salt and sugar, give it a mix and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.
Directions to Make Sambal Spiced Veggie Mee Goreng
  1. Heat oil in a wide bottomed pan/ wok, add onions and saute until they turn translucent. Then add the carrots, baby corn and capsicum and fry till they turn slightly tender.
  2. Add the sambal paste and fry for 2-3 minutes and then add salt, noodles. Mix it well. Enjoy while it is hot!
Recipe Notes
  1. Adjust the sambal paste according to your spice palate since it is super hot.
  2. You can also add meat of your choice (chicken/shrimp etc) to make a meaty version of this dish.
  3. This recipe was submitted as a part of the East Asian recipes contest which also won the best 5 recipes on this blog.
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