Dutch Bami (Fried Noodles)
This marvelleous recipe comes from my husbands homeland the Netherlands where a lot of Indonesian style food is eaten and enjoyed.
The Dutch arrived in Indonesia in the 16th century in search of cloves, nutmeg and pepper during the height of the spice trade. When the Dutch East India Company (VOC) went bankrupt in 1800, Indonesia became a treasured colony of the Netherlands. During this period the Dutch embraced the delicious Indonesian cuisine both at home and abroad.
There are now many Indonesian restaurants in the Netherlands, especially in large cities like Amsterdam, Den Haag, Utrecht and Rotterdam.
Bami is hugely popluar and is eaten on a regular basis by just about everyone. Some buy the ready made dried spice packs and add their own meats and some butchers do a “Bami pack” where all the veggies, meat and spices are already diced to be thrown together with the noodles for a super quick meal. You can add just about whatever you like to this dish – if you want to omit anything feel free. It has a very subtle flavour and is ideal for those who are wary of hot and spicy food. You can add your own heat by stirring through some Sambal Oelek to give it a kick…
We serve Bami with another favourite Chicken Satay – it’s a fabulous combination.
You can halve or quarter the amounts given here – I always make it for family gatherings so I make a big one!
500g egg noodles
1 tablespoon of Peanut Oil
3 sticks celery – finely chopped
2 leeks – finely chopped
½ head of Wombok (Chinese cabbage) – finely chopped
1 clove garlic – finely grated
2 teaspoons ginger powder
2 teaspoons chicken stock powder
Water to soften
200g diced pork fillet
24 green prawns
4 diced chicken thighs
3 tablespoons water
Salt & Pepper to taste
Ketjap Manis (Indonesian Soy Sauce)
Flinely sliced Spring Onions for garnish
Chinese Crispy Onions for garnish
Sambal Oelek (crushed chilli paste)
Fry onion, celery, leeks and garlic in oil until softened
Add ginger powder and chicken stock powder
Add in diced pork and chicken thighs and fry for a few minutes until coloured
Add in water to make the mixture more like a sauce
Simmer until the meat is tender – only 10 minutes or so
Add in the finely chopped Wombok stirring until softened and add prawns
Stir until the prawns become opaque.
Add more water if necessary – the mixture will need to be moist enough to coat the noodles
Check seasoning and adjust to taste
Boil noodles until tender and drain well
Add the meat and vegetable mixture and toss well
Beat together the eggs and 3 tablespoons water and fry as an omelette in a little butter
When set, tip out of pan and roll up into a tube and thinly slice into ribbons
Serve the noodles on a large heated platter topped with the omelette ribbons, spring onion and crispy onions scattered over the top.
Serve Ketjap manis and Sambal Oelek on the side.