Friday, July 29, 2011

BAHMI GORENG - Stir-fried noodles

When the U.S. President visited Indonesia on a state visit in 2010, his dinner included nasi goring, that nation’s classic fried rice dish, which he praised as delicious.

Nasi goreng evolved from Chinese fried rice.  Chinese influences on Indonesian cookery are obvious.   While Europe was struggling through the dark ages, trade developed between the two nations, and by the fifteenth century many Chinese émigrés had made the archipelago their new home.  The Chinese culture considers it unthinkable to waste cooked food.  So, leftover rice was recycled into fried rice.  The Indonesians learned the Chinese stir-fry technique and adapted it to their own cooking style which includes a sweet soy sauce and a degree more spiciness than the Chinese.

Not as well known but similar to fried rice, bahmi goreng replaces the Indonesian fried rice with stir fried noodles.  Bahmi goreng is a delicious way to accommodate whatever leftovers you have on hand. This flexibility means you can offer tasty noodles as a side dish with meals while using up leftovers.

If you like Chinese fried rice, you most likely would enjoy bahmi goreng, the delectable Indonesian treatment of noodles.

Dutch traders did extensive trading throughout Indonesia.  They adapted the rijsttafel  (Ry sta fel), Dutch for rice table, from the Indonesian feast called nasi padan.  Nasi padan is an Indonesian buffet featuring rice. A rice table can have dozens of different dishes in small portions, such as noodles, and egg rolls served with different rice preparations.  Indonesian dishes are beloved in the Netherlands.  Many Dutch children love bahmi goreng noodles for lunch, and consider it a local dish.

Let’s make Indonesian stir-fried noodles.  They’re simple to prepare, savoury and a good way to use leftovers in a delightful way.

Indonesian Fried Noodles (Bahmi Goreng)                                serves 4


·        1 pound of leftover cooked noodles or fresh cooked, drained and mixed with one tablespoon oil to coat the noodles.
·        ½ medium onion, thinly sliced
·        2 cloves of garlic, minced
·        1 pound (455g) peeled and deveined shrimp, or diced meat or poultry, OR: 11/2 cups green beans plus ½ cup chopped red sweet bell pepper (capsicum). If you are making a meatless goreng, feel free to use other combinations of vegetables.
·        1 or 2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce (ketjap manis); or add 1 teaspoon brown sugar to regular soy sauce
·        ½ cup celery leaves and stalk, chopped
·        3 scallions (green onions), chopped
·        3 cups bok choy, chopped or bean sprouts
·        1 teaspoon salt
·        ½  teaspoon pepper
·        2 or 3 slices of gingerroot, chopped finely
·        ½ teaspoon spiced chili paste (Sambal Oelek)
·        Chopped coriander leaves for garnish


If you don’t already have cooked noodles, Boil Chinese egg noodles for 3 minutes, and then drain and put into ice-water.  Drain again and rub 1 tablespoon oil into it. If you are using thin spaghetti, cook according to package directions and treat same as Chinese noodles.

In a blender, food processor or mortar and pestle – make a paste of two tablespoons of onion and the garlic.

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet. Add the paste and the remaining onion.  Add the shrimp or whatever you are using and stir fry 2 minutes.

Add the soy sauce, celery, scallions, bok choy or bean sprouts, salt and pepper, ginger and chili paste and stir fry 2 minutes.

Add the noodles and stir fry another minute to combine and heat. Add the coriander and serve.

  Some folks like to add a little lime juice at the end.


Manzanita said...

I am always on the same page with you when you post your recipes. I sincerely love all the same kind of food you do. This sounds close to something I've put together on my own in the past. Thank you for always sharing your beautiful recipes.


Duncan D. Horne said...

We love nasi goreng too!

Duncan In Kuantan

schmetterlingwords said...

A very nice intro into the Dutch East Indies and the influence of colonialism into the food culture. Who could resist a lovely plate of Bahmi Goreng? Thanks for the recipe :)

anthony stemke said...

MANZANITA: You obviously have good culinary taste. Thank You for your support.

DUNCAN: Nasi goreng really good too. Wanted to talk about bahmi goreng because it is lesser known around here. Thanks for calling.

SCHMETTERLINGWORDS: Thank you for your complimentary comment; and hey yeah, who indeed could resist these noodles.

Plateful said...

Hmm, honestly, I've never tried noodles this way. But with two pasta crazy kids at home, I think I must try this recipe...!

Diego Sousa said...

looks delicious

Shellie said...

Yum! This sound fun to try. But for some reason, I think winter or fall would be a good time to test it.

anthony stemke said...

PLATEFUL: It is good. It's sweet and spicy,I hope you and the children can try it.

DIEGO: It definately is. Thank You.

SHELLIE: I hear you. The heat here in Georgia (USA) is brutal. But I made this in the air-conditioned kitchen before noon. But whenever you test it, I'm sure it will pass. CM

Now Serving said...

I love stir fried noodles and the fact that the Prez enjoyed it gives me added impetus to try it too :))) Thanks Anthony for this simple yet delicious recipe!

Joanne said...

It's almost 1am and all can think about now is this recipe! I have got to try to make this soon! It looks so good.
Blessings, Joanne

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anthony stemke said...

NOW SERVING: You're welcome, please enjoy.

JOANNE: It is good, you will love it, but please don't neglect your rest.

ELIZABETH: This was a most pleasant surprise dear lady; Thank You very much. Best to you, carry on.

aipi said...

I just love any kind of noodles n this recipe sounds really interesting, something I want to try right away :)
US Masala

Inverse said...

...aaaaaand now I'm hungry.

anthony stemke said...

AIPI: Thank You, is a great noodle and vegetable dish.

INVERSE: These noodles will satisfy your hunger. Thank You.

Natural One said...

Looks great, definitely going to have to try this

Kathy said...

That's a dish we've never had before...will have to give it a try!! sounds interesting.
Thanks for stopping by Oak Lawn Images and my On Being a Grandma blog!! I appreciate the feedback!

anthony stemke said...

NATURAL ONE: I think it's great, am sure you will love it.

KATHY: You will love this southeastern asian noodle dish.
Thank You.

Anonymous said...

This recipe sounds good! Thanks for sharing it.

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Malli said...

It sure is a savoury and Presidential dish:) Looks deeelisshh!!!

anthony stemke said...

SUSANNE: Thank You, I feel so lucky.

MALLI: Thank You, it is for sure.

Indie.Tea said...

That sounds delicious and flavorful. I've had it twice at a restaurant, but never made it home. Yum!

Torviewtoronto said...

beautifully stir fried noodles addition of sambal oelek gives a wonderful taste
Anthony regards to the fried treacle sweet.
semolina I used is not flour it is also known as rava or suji or durum wheat. I haven't used brown sugar as a substitute I am not sure if it will work. You are right molasses might not have the sweetness of the treacle. The sweet is traditional so I stick to the ingredients. I am glad you are interested hope you get to try it is delicious it is called athiraha which means very tasty :)

anthony stemke said...

INDIE,TEA: You will enjoy it when you make it. Thank You.

TORVIEW: Thank You for your kind words, I appreciate that. I'm thinking that you mean to use the wheat kernels.

Misha said...

Oooh sounds yummy. :-D I'll probably enjoy this dish because I love noodles but despise rice.

anthony stemke said...

MISHA: I am surprised. Why would you despise rice? Whenever there is leftover rice at our house I eat it straight out of the pot (sometimes with a little soy sauce). Of course if it's not prepared right, I guess you might not like it. But what a burden, to go through life without rice. Oye.

Joyce said...

Looks fabulous...I'm going to give it a try. We love the Asian foods and flavors. And thanks for the comment-excellent song lyric!

anthony stemke said...

JOYCE: Asian flavours are very interesting, I meet people all the time who are unfamiliar with them.
Thank You for calling.

nutschell said...

oooh i love noodles! I love that you added a little piece of history in the beginning. I love knowing about the foods I eat. :P

anthony stemke said...

Thank You, have a wonderful time at the conference.

Sarah Naveen said...

love this..yummy!!!

Umm Mymoonah said...

Noodles are one of the food which I love the most, looks very yummy!

anthony stemke said...

SARAH: Thank you very much.

UMM MYMOONAH: Yeah noodles are a great food, Thank You.

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