Easy Vegetarian Mee Goreng Fried Noodles

This home-style "Mee Goreng" or Stir-Fry Noodles has been customized to my preferences. It's not glossed in dark sauce and has more vegetables in proportion to noodles. It also does not use the typical yellow noodles usually found in Mee Goreng. More accurately, this should be called Udon Goreng.

That is home-style, and home-cooking at its roots, with the perks to cater for your personal preferences and to be able to create a healthier and more nutritious dish without losing traditional flavors.

In Singapore/Malaysia/Indonesia, Mee means noodles, Goreng means Fried. This "Mee Goreng" or Fried Noodles, is a deviation from the authentic hawker classic without the use tomato ketchup and kecap manis (sweet soy sauce).

To create my own quick tomato ketchup, I have used fresh tomatoes, a little sugar and soy sauce. To simulate the flavors of kecap manis, I have also used dark soy sauce and brown sugar.

Easy Vegetarian Mee Goreng, Stir-Fry Udon Noodles
1 packet of udon noodles, prepare according to packet directions
1/2 block 10 oz firm tofu, pan-fried or baked, set aside
1-2 eggs, lightly whisked, fry to cook, breaking the cooked/fried eggs to bite-size pieces while frying. Set aside when done.
1 cup finely sliced onions
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, sliced
2 fresh chili combination of jalapeno and serrano chili
Bunch of kale leaves ~5-6, blanched then thinly sliced
1/4 head cabbage, thinly sliced
1/2 cup carrots, thinly sliced
2-3 tomatoes, sliced to wedges, half for "tomato sauce", half to fry with noodles
[Tomato sauce]: 1/2 portion of tomatoes above, 1 tsp soy sauce, 1 tsp dark soy sauce,1 tsp brown sugar, 2 tbsp water,
[Seasoning]: Mix 2 tbsp chili sauce, 1 tsp soy sauce, 1 tsp dark soy sauce and set aside

Directions: In place of 1tbsp tomato ketchup (which I did not have have), I have sauteed half the tomatoes, 1 tsp soy sauce, 1 tsp dark soy sauce, 1tsp brown sugar, 2tbsp water till the tomatoes soften and release the juices. Simmer the tomatoes for about 10mins. Any point the mixture is too dry, slowly drizzle in water to make the tomato sauce. Set aside when done.

In the same pot, saute onions, green onion, half the minced garlic, chili till fragrant. Dish out, set aside. Add remaining garlic, carrots fry for 1-2 minutes, add cabbage and fry till cabbage is cooked. Add kale and ground pepper and fry to mix with the other veggies. Add in onion-mix, udon noodles, seasoning sauce, tomato sauce, tomatoes, tofu and fried egg and fry all the ingredients till they are evenly mixed.


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