Kwetiau goreng
Kwetiau goreng in a restaurant in Indonesia served with acar pickles and fried shallot sprinkles
Alternative namesKwetiaw goreng
CourseMain course
Place of originIndonesia[1]
Region or stateNationwide
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsFried flat noodles with chicken, meat, beef, prawn or crab

Kwetiau goreng (Indonesian for 'fried flat noodle') is an Indonesian[2] style of stir fried flat rice noodle dish.[1] It is made from noodles, locally known as kwetiau, which are stir-fried in cooking oil with garlic, onion or shallots, beef, chicken, fried prawn, crab or sliced bakso (meatballs), chili, Chinese cabbage, cabbages, tomatoes, egg, and other vegetables with an ample amount of kecap manis (sweet soy sauce).[2] In Asia, kwetiau is available in two forms, dried and fresh.[3] Its recipe is quite similar to another Chinese Indonesian favourite, mie goreng, with the exception of replacing yellow wheat noodles for flat rice noodles.[3]

Ubiquitous in Indonesia, kwetiau is sold by many food vendors, from traveling street hawkers in their carts (warungs) to high-end restaurants. It is a favourite one-dish meal amongst Indonesians, although street food hawkers commonly sell it together with mie goreng and nasi goreng (fried rice). Kwetiau goreng is also served in Indonesian franchise restaurants.[4]

Indonesian kwetiau goreng usually tastes mildly sweet with a generous addition of sweet soy sauce, spicier with the addition of sambal chili sauce as condiment, and mostly using halal chicken and beef instead of pork and lard to cater to the Muslim majority population. The most common protein sources for kwetiau goreng are beef, chicken, prawns, or crab.[2]


Chinese influence is evident in Indonesian food, such as bakmi, mie ayam, pangsit, mie goreng and kwetiau goreng.[5] The dish is derived from Chinese stir-fried shahe fen and believed to have been introduced by Chinese immigrants in Indonesia over several centuries. The Chinese first made contact with Indonesia in the 7th century, and by the 1600s Chinese settlements had sprung up along the coasts of Java and Sumatra.[1] Centuries of interactions between the two cultures resulted in the blending of Chinese and local cuisine. Kwetiau goreng may be served with sweet soy sauce that adds mild sweetness, or a sprinkle of bawang goreng fried shallots, or sambal to add spiciness. Kwetiau goreng may have a krupuk topping to add a crispy texture, and not contain pork or lard to cater for Muslims.


Kwetiau goreng kepiting, crab fried kwetiau.

Just like mie goreng, kwetiau goreng recipes might vary according to its ingredients. The popular variants are kwetiau goreng sapi (beef),[6] kwetiau goreng ayam (chicken), kwetiau goreng seafood (including cuttlefish, prawn and fish) and kwetiau goreng kepiting (crab). The kwetiau goreng pedas (hot and spicy) uses a lot of chili pepper, while kwetiau goreng sayuran mainly uses vegetables.[3]

Another popular kwetiau recipe is called kwetiau kuah (kwetiau with soup), kwetiau ayam (chicken kwetiau with soup) and kwetiau siram (poured kwetiau), in which the flat rice noodles are boiled or poured with thick soup or sauce instead of being stir-fried. Another variant called kwetiau bun is similar to kwetiau goreng but moister and softer with the addition of more water.[7]

There is a variation called kwetiau goreng lenjer, which is made by slicing the pempek and mixing it with chicken, prawns, eggs, bean sprouts and soy sauce.[8]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Anita (July 11, 2013). "Kwetiau Goreng – Stir Fried Flat Rice Noodles". Daily Cooking Quest. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Nicole (November 4, 2015). "A Guide on What To Eat in Indonesia Part II". That Food Cray. Archived from the original on October 6, 2019. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Tim Dapur DeMedia (2010). Aneka Masakan Mi, Bihun, & Kwetiau Populer (in Indonesian). DeMedia. ISBN 9789791471985.
  4. ^ "Es Teller 77 becomes icon of local franchise business". The Jakarta Post. 22 January 2007. Archived from the original on 8 March 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  5. ^ Heinz Von Holzen (2014). A New Approach to Indonesian Cooking. Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd. p. 15. ISBN 9789814634953. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  6. ^ Anita (14 July 2013). "Kwetiau Goreng Sapi – Stir Fried Beef and Flat Rice Noodles". Daily Cooking Quest. Archived from the original on 5 February 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Flat Rice Noodles with Gravy (Kwetiau Siram)".
  8. ^ "Bringing local food home". The Jakarta Post. 15 November 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2016.