Ifumie is Indonesian-Chinese fusion food. A crispy deep-fried thick noodle dish, served in a luscious, flavorful sauce, features succulent seafood, perfectly complemented by a medley of fresh vegetables. Try this different serving of noodles that gonna blow your mind!
Experience a symphony of textures and flavors in every bite of this irresistible I fu mie a.k.a Deep-fried noodle with seafood, veggies flavorful sauce, a.k.a Mie Goreng Jawa kuah pisah
Ifumie; A Chinese and Indonesian Fusion Food
The origin of Ifumie is still unsure. This Indonesian “Ifu Mie,” is a Chinese-influenced dish, specifically the Chinese Hokkien dialect. The dish consists of deep-fried noodles topped with stir-fried vegetables and meat. This dish is similar to Nagasaki Sara Udon from Japan, which is also a Chinese-influenced dish. It’s a comforting, rich creamy yet crispy noodles in one mouth. the contradiction of texture is what makes this dish extraordinarily delicious!
Ifumie tantalizes your taste buds with its delectable blend of Chinese and Indonesian flavors. It combines the best elements from both cultures, resulting in a unique and delightful culinary experience.
At its heart, Ifumie showcases crispy deep-fried noodles, a technique commonly used in Chinese cooking. These noodles are deep-fried until they become golden and crispy, giving them a satisfying crunch. The contrast between the crispy noodles and the savory sauce creates a delightful combination of textures.
The Indonesian influence shines through in the flavorful sauce that accompanies Ifumie. The sauce is thick and packed with delicious ingredients like soy sauce, oyster sauce, garlic, and spices. It perfectly complements a medley of vegetables, meat, and seafood, creating a harmonious blend of flavors and textures.
What sets Ifumie apart is its ability to bring together the best of both culinary worlds. The crispy noodles offer a satisfying crunch inspired by Chinese cuisine, while the Indonesian-style sauce adds a burst of umami and aromatic flavors. This fusion of culinary traditions creates a dish that is both comforting and exciting, appealing to food enthusiasts from various backgrounds.
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Whether you’re a fan of Chinese cuisine, enjoy Indonesian flavors, or simply love exploring new dishes, Ifumie is a must-try. With its crispy noodles, savory sauce, and a variety of toppings, it promises a satisfying and flavorful meal. Embark on a culinary adventure and savor the delightful fusion of Chinese and Indonesian flavors that Ifumie has to offer.
So, if you’re up for a culinary adventure, give Ifumie a chance and savor the delightful fusion of Chinese and Indonesian flavors.
Ingredients of Ifumie
- Egg noodles; These are wheat noodles made with eggs, giving them a yellow color and a rich flavor. It’s also called Chow Mein noodles. I recommend you to use this egg noodle to give a crispy texture but not dry after fried. You can find it mostly in Asian grocery stores.
- Fish balls; this is a condiment for Ifu mie, Fish balls are a type of processed seafood made from fish paste. You can add more of these such as crabstick, kani, etc
- Shrimp peeled and cleaned; I use fresh shrimp here, you can use Fresh or frozen shrimp that have been deveined and had their shells removed. It also adds an umami taste
- For Veggies I use Carrots, peeled and sliced diagonally, then Baby bok choy cut into several pieces (Baby bok choy, is a type of Chinese cabbage, is sliced into smaller pieces. It adds a mild, leafy green flavor) and Baby corn sliced diagonally. For other type of vegetables, you can replace it with any combination of vegetables you like
- Aromatics uses a complete three packages of Garlic chopped, Shallots chopped, and Onion sliced; all of the garlicky things add a strong, savory, sweet, and aromatic flavor to the dish.
- curly red peppers sliced diagonally; if you want a spicier taste, pls add Thai chili or cayenne pepper. Curly red pepper is not only for a milder taste but also a nice appealing red color.
- Scallion thinly sliced; as garnish
- Egg beaten; Egg together with cornstarch used to thicken the sauce of Ifumie
- (dried)Shrimp; is one of the star ingredients for making Ifu mie tasty and flavorful, however, if you can’t find dried shrimp just try with dried anchovies
- Cornstarch dissolved in 4 tbsp of water; to make the sauce thick
Seasoning and Sauce
- For sauce use these basic Chinese flavor sauces; Oyster sauce, Fish sauce, and Sesame oil; . It adds depth of flavor to the dish, adding a salty and umami flavor. And A fragrant oil that adds a nutty flavor to the dish
- For seasoning I add Salt, Pepper, Mushroom Powder, and Sugar; Remember to adjust the seasoning based on your liking. Moreover, you can add more seasoning excluding the above
- Water; to absorb everything, and also to boil the egg noodles
- Vegetable oil; use to fry noodles and to stir fry the Ifumie.
How To Make Ifumie
Start by preparing a pot of water and bring it to a boil. Add the egg noodles and cook them until they are tender. Once cooked, drain the noodles and set them aside.
Secondly, Heat some oil in another pan over medium heat. Add the cooked noodles to the pan and shape them into a round form. Fry the noodles until they become crispy and golden brown. Once done, remove the crispy noodles from the pan and set them aside.
Third, Let’s make the stir-fry sauce. In the same pan, sauté dried shrimp, garlic, shallots, curly red pepper, and onion until they become fragrant. This will help to release their flavors and aromas.
Next, add shrimp, fish balls, carrots, and baby corn to the pan. Cook them until the carrots and corn are halfway cooked. This will ensure that they are still slightly crisp.
Fifth, Pour water into the pan and add oyster sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil, mushroom powder, sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir everything together until well combined. These ingredients will create a flavorful sauce for the dish.
Then, Add baby bok choy and beaten eggs to the pan. Stir everything together until well combined. The eggs will add a silky texture to the dish.
Meanwhile, In a separate bowl, mix cornstarch with a little water to create a slurry. Pour the cornstarch mixture into the pan and stir it in. Cook the mixture until it thickens slightly, creating a glossy and thick sauce. Here’s how the texture of stir-fry sauce will look! so thick rich creamy, Thanks to cornstarch and beaten egg, you did really well!
Serve and Enjoy!
Don’t forget to Sprinkle the dish with scallions for added freshness and aroma.
Finally, To serve, arrange the crispy fried noodles on a plate. Pour the vegetable mixture with the sauce on top of the noodles.
Now, you can enjoy your delicious Ifumie noodles! The combination of crispy noodles, flavorful sauce, and a variety of vegetables and proteins creates a satisfying and tasty meal. In Indonesia, we call id Ifumie Goreng kuah pisah.
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I fu mie
- 1 pack of Egg noodle
- 5 pieces of Fish balls, cut in half
- 5 Oz Shrimp peeled and cleaned
- 1 cup Carrots, peeled and sliced diagonally
- 1½ cup Baby bok choy cut into several pieces
- ¾ cup Baby corn sliced diagonally
- 3 cloves of Garlic chopped
- 6 Shallots chopped
- ½ Onion sliced
- 2 curly red pepper sliced diagonally
- ¼ cup Scallion thinly sliced
- 2 Egg beaten
- ½ tbsp Oyster sauce
- 1 tsp Fish sauce
- 1 tsp Sesame oil
- ½ tbsp dried Shrimp
- 2 tbsp Cornstarch dissolved in 4 tbsp of water
- ½ tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Pepper
- 2 tsp Mushroom Powder
- ¾ tsp Sugar
- 2 cup Water
- Vegetable oil
Prepare a pot of water and boil the egg noodles until they are cooked. Then, drain and set aside.
Heat some oil in another pan and add the cooked noodles. Shape them into a round form and fry until they become crispy. Remove and set aside.
Sauté dried shrimp, garlic, shallots, curly red pepper, and onion until fragrant.
Add shrimp, fish balls, carrots, and baby corn. Cook until the carrots and corn are halfway cooked, then pour in the water.
Add oyster sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil, mushroom powder,sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined.
Add baby bok choy and beaten eggs, and stir until well combined.
Pour the cornstarch mixture, stir, and cook until it thickens slightly. Then, sprinkle with scallions.
Arrange the fried noodles on a plate, then pour the vegetable mixture on top.
Enjoy your delicious noodles!