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Indomie
Indomie in a supermarket
Product typeInstant noodle
Produced byIndofood
CountryIndonesia
IntroducedJune 1972
MarketsWorldwide
Tagline
  • Indomie, Seleraku! (Indonesia)
  • Flavour, Favoured by The World (worldwide)
  • Tasty Nutrition. Good For You. (Nigeria)
  • cancer food, economical, practical./ Ready flavor in three minutes. (Turkey)
Websiteindomie.com

Indomie is a brand of instant noodle produced by the Indonesian company Indofood.[1] Indofood itself is the largest instant noodle producer in the world with 16 factories. Over 28 billion packets of Indomie are produced annually,[citation needed] and the brand is also exported to more than 90 countries around the world. Indomie has been produced mainly in Indonesia since it was first introduced in June 1972; it has also been produced in Nigeria since 1995, and in Turkey since 2010. Indomie has become increasingly popular in Nigeria and other African countries since its introduction there in the 1980s.[2]

Background

Etymology

Indomie's name is derived from "indo" for "Indonesia" and "mie", an older spelling of the Indonesian word for "noodles", "mi".[3]

History

Instant noodles were introduced into the Indonesian market in 1969.[4] Indofood is one of Indonesia's largest pre-packaged food companies which was founded in 1982 by Sudono Salim (1916–2012), an Indonesian tycoon who also owned Bogasari Flour Mills.

The Indomie instant noodle brand was first produced in June 1972[5] by PT Sanmaru Food Manufacturing Co. Ltd. with the Indomie Kuah Rasa Kaldu Ayam (chicken broth) flavour and followed by the Indomie Kuah Rasa Kari Ayam (chicken curry) flavour in 1980. In 1982, PT Sanmaru Food launched its first dry variant (served without soup), Indomie Mi Goreng (fried noodle), which quickly became popular in the Indonesian market.[4]

In 1984, PT Sanmaru Food was acquired by PT Sarimi Asli Jaya, which was owned by Bogasari flour mills, before they merged into PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk in 1994. Indomie accounted for around 70 per cent of the instant noodle market in Indonesia in 2010.[6]

Indomie won several awards including the Lausanne Index Prize (L.I.P.), Indonesia Best Brand Award (IBBA), the Most Effective Ad award, the Indonesia Consumer Satisfaction Award (ICSA), and the Indonesia Best Packaging Award.[7][8]

Varieties

The contents of a packet of mi goreng rendang

Indomie noodles come in a variety of brands and flavours.[9] The brand is divided into five product categories: Indomie goreng (fried noodle served without soup), Indomie kuah (with soup), Kuliner Indonesia (Indonesian cuisine), Mi Keriting (premium curly noodle), and Hype Abis (unique spicy flavours). Many of the Indomie flavours were created by Nunuk Nuraini, an employee in the instant noodle division of Indofood.[10]

Indomie noodle soup flavours include Rasa Ayam Bawang (onion chicken flavour), Rasa Ayam Spesial (special chicken flavour), Rasa Kaldu Ayam (chicken broth flavour), Rasa Kaldu Udang (shrimp flavour), Rasa Kari Ayam (chicken curry flavour, also available with fried onion in Java and Bali islands of Indonesia), Rasa Soto Mie (Soto mie or vegetable flavour), and Rasa Soto Spesial (Special Soto flavour with Koya powder).[11] There is also Beef and Vegetables (vegetarian) noodle soup flavours in some export markets.

Mi Goreng

Cooked Indomie Mi Goreng Iga penyet (Indonesian Spicy Ribs) flavour, served with fried egg and vegetables.

The Mi Goreng (stir fry) line of instant noodles is based on the Indonesian dish mie goreng (fried noodles). It entered the market in 1983 and is distributed in North America, Europe, Africa, Australasia, and various regions in Asia. The brand flavours are sold in varying weight packets of around 85 grams (3 oz) and contain two sachets of flavourings. The first sachet has three segments containing sweet soy sauce, chili sauce, and seasoning oil. The other sachet has two segments for dry seasoning powder and fried shallot flakes. In some regions, Mi Goreng is also available in Jumbo (large) packs, a larger variant with a net weight of 127–129 grams (4.48–4.55 oz).[12]

The line is available in Mi Goreng (original fried noodle, also available with fried onion and chili sauce in Java and Bali islands of Indonesia, as well in Australia, Canada, and the United States), Mi Goreng Pedas (hot and spicy fried noodle with fried onion), Mi Goreng Rasa Ayam Panggang (barbeque chicken flavour fried noodle, available with fried onion in export markets), and Mi Goreng Rasa Sate (Satay flavour fried noodle with fried onion; discontinued in Indonesia and currently only available in Taiwan and Australia). The first three flavours are also available in cup noodle variant in export markets. There is also Mi Goreng Rasa Cabe Ijo or Mi Goreng Perisa Cili Hijau (green chili flavour fried noodle, only available in Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan), Mi Goreng Rasa Iga Penyet (spicy beef ribs flavour fried noodle, available in Indonesia, Vietnam and export markets), Mi Goreng Rasa Soto (Soto flavour fried noodle, currently available in Malaysia), Mi Goreng Rasa Sambal Matah (Balinese Sambal flavour fried noodle; has since been discontinued), Mi Goreng Rasa Sambal Rica-Rica (Minahasan Sambal flavour fried noodle),[13] and Mi Goreng Kriuuk.. Pedas (fried noodle with spicy crunchy fried onion). The latter three are only available in Indonesia. The Jumbo variant is only available in Mi Goreng (original fried noodle with fried onion),Mi Goreng Rasa Ayam Panggang (barbeque chicken flavour fried noodle with dried vegetable garnish), and Mi Goreng Rendang (Rendang flavored fried noodle with Krendangz fried topping).[14]

Other variants

Indomie Kuliner Indonesia refers to Indonesian traditional cuisine variants, such as Mie Aceh (Acehnese fried noodle with fried onion, also available in Malaysia), Mi Goreng Rasa Ayam Pop (Pop chicken flavour fried noodle), Mi Goreng Rasa Cakalang (skipjack tuna flavour fried noodle), Mi Goreng Rasa Rendang (spicy beef flavour fried noodle, also available in Vietnam and export markets), Rasa Coto Makassar (Makassarese Soto flavour), Rasa Empal Gentong (Cirebonese clay pot beef soup flavour), Rasa Mie Celor (spicy coconut shrimp noodle soup flavour), Rasa Mie kocok Bandung (Bandung beef noodle soup flavour), Rasa Soto Banjar (Banjar Soto flavour), Rasa Soto Banjar Limau Kuit (Banjar Soto with kaffir lime flavour), Rasa Soto Lamongan (Lamongan Soto flavour), Rasa Soto Medan (Medanese Soto flavour), and Rasa Soto Padang (Padang Soto flavour).[15]

Mi Keriting (curly noodle) is the premium variant with additional toppings. It is available in Rasa Ayam Panggang (grilled chicken flavour with separate soup), Goreng Spesial (special fried curly noodle), and Salted Egg flavour fried curly noodle.[16][17] There is also Real Meat fried curly noodle variants with real chicken meat, available in Mushroom Chicken and Pepper Chicken flavours.

The Hype Abis series are the variants with unique spicy flavours that were introduced in 2019, and are only available in Indonesia. Variants include Mi Goreng Rasa Ayam Geprek (spicy crushed fried chicken flavour fried noodle, introduced in early 2019),[18][19] Rasa Seblak Hot Jeletot (Sundanese spicy soup flavour, introduced in early 2020),[20] and Mi Goreng Rasa Kebab Rendang (spicy beef kebab flavour fried noodles, introduced in September 2022).[21] There was also Mi Goreng Chitato Rasa Sapi Panggang (fried noodle with Chitato beef barbeque flavour), a limited edition flavour in collaboration with Chitato potato chips brand to celebrate Chitato's 30th anniversary, available from May 2019,[22] and Mieghetti Rasa Bolognese (Bolognese sauce flavour spaghetti-style noodle), available from early 2021 until 2022.[23][24]

The Japanese Ramen series that were introduced in March 2023, is available in Shoyu flavour soup noodles, Takoyaki flavour fried noodles (similar to Yakisoba), and Tori Miso flavour soup noodles. Since December 2023, the Japanese Ramen series is also available in Tori Kara (spicy chicken) flavour soup noodles.[citation needed]

Nigeria

In Nigeria, Indomie is available in Chicken, Onion Chicken, Chicken Pepper Soup, and Oriental Fried Noodles flavours. There is also Indomie Relish variant in Chicken Delight and Seafood Delight flavours.[citation needed]

Turkey

In Turkey, Indomie is available in chicken, vegetables, curry, special, soy sauce, hot and spicy, veal flavours. [citation needed]

Pop Mie

Pop Mie is an instant cup noodle brand which is a sub-brand of Indomie, first introduced in Indonesia in 1991. The soup variant is available in Rasa Ayam (chicken flavour), Rasa Ayam Bawang (onion chicken flavour) Rasa Baso (meatball flavour), Rasa Kari Ayam (chicken curry flavour), and Rasa Soto Ayam (chicken soto flavour). The Pop Mie Goreng variant is available in Mi Goreng Spesial (special fried noodle) and Mi Goreng Pedas (hot and spicy fried noodle). There is also spicy variant called Pedes Dower (spicy chicken flavour noodle soup) and Pedes Gledek (spicy chicken flavour fried noodle), introduced in 2018 and 2019, respectively, and also a soup variant with dried rice called Pake Nasi, which is only available in Rasa Soto Ayam (chicken soto flavour), introduced in 2020. In December 2022, the new variant Pedas Dower Rasa Pangsit Jontor (spicy dumplings flavour noodle soup) was introduced.

Timeline

Export markets

Indofood's key export markets are Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, India, Iraq, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Canada, United States, United Kingdom, France, Brazil, Spain, Germany, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Mexico, Ukraine, Taiwan, Egypt, Lebanon, Japan, Kenya and some remaining countries in Middle East, Europe, Africa, North America, Latin America, and Asia.[33]

Controversies

Taiwanese authorities on 7 October 2010 announced that the Indomie sold there contained two prohibited preservatives, sodium benzoate and methyl p-hydroxybenzoate, used to make cosmetics. Two leading supermarket chains in Hong Kong also temporarily stopped selling Indomie instant noodles.

Indomie's Hong Kong importer, Fok Hing (HK) Trading, stated that the instant noodles are still safe to consume and meet standards in Hong Kong and the World Health Organization, based on the results of quality tests which found no hazardous materials.

Indomie in Taiwan has been adjusted to regulations in Taiwan that do not use preservatives.

The Minister of Health of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr. Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih in her response stated that Indomie was still safe to eat but still advised the public to reduce the consumption of instant noodles. As a result of this issue, the share price of Indofood CBP as the producer of Indomie dropped.

In April 2023, Taiwan and Malaysia recalled Indomie’s “special chicken” flavour noodles following the detection of ethylene oxide in the product by the health institutions in the two countries.[34][35][36]

See also

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