Mie ayam

Bakmi ayam

Bakmi ayam with mushroom, chinese cabbage and chicken broth soup.
Alternative names Mi ayam cincang, bakmi ayam, Chicken noodles
Course Main course
Place of origin Indonesia and Singapore
Region or state nationwide
Creator Ethnic Chinese communities in Indonesia and Singapore
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredients Noodle, chicken meat, soy sauce, garlic, cooking oil (from chicken fat or vegetable oil), chicken broth, chinese cabbage, scallions
Food energy
(per serving)
1 bowl of mie ayam contains 500 calories.[1] kcal
Cookbook: Bakmi ayam  Media: Bakmi ayam

Mie ayam or mi ayam (Indonesian for chicken bakmi) or chicken noodles is a Southeast Asian common dish of seasoned yellow wheat noodles topped with diced chicken meat (ayam).[2] It is a popular dish and commonly found in Southeast Asian countries, especially in Indonesia,[3] Singapore and Malaysia, and can trace its origin to Chinese tradition.[4][5] In Indonesia, the dish is recognized as a popular Chinese Indonesian dish,[4] served from simple travelling vendor carts frequenting residential areas, humble street-side warung to restaurants.

Preparation and serving

The yellow wheat noodle is boiled in water until it achieves an al dente texture and mixed in a bowl with cooking oil, soy sauce and garlic. The oil coats the noodle in order to separate the threads. The oil can be chicken fat, lard, or vegetable oil. The chicken meat is diced and cooked in soy sauce and other seasonings including garlic. The chicken meat might also be cooked with mushrooms.[6]

The seasoned chicken and mushroom mixture is placed on the noodles, and topped with chopped spring onions (green shallots). Bakmi ayam is usually served with a separate chicken broth, boiled chinese cabbage, and often wonton (Indonesian: pangsit) either crispy fried or in soup, and also bakso (meatballs). While Chinese variants might use pork fat or lard, the more common Indonesian mie ayam uses halal chicken fat or vegetable oil to cater to Muslim eaters.[7]

Additional condiments might include tong cay (salted preserved vegetables), bawang goreng (fried shallots), acar timun cabe rawit (pickled cucumber and birds eye chilli), sambal and tomato ketchup.


Other types of noodles such as bihun (rice vermicelli) and kwetiau (flat noodle) might be served in the same recipe instead of the bakmi. Kwetiau ayam (chicken kway teow) and bihun ayam (chicken bihun) refer to almost exactly the same recipe with mie ayam by replacing yellow wheat noodle with flat noodle or rice vermicelli. In Indonesia, the name is shortened to mie ayam or mi ayam. In Indonesia chicken noodles is always seasoned with soy sauce and chicken oil, made from chicken fat and spices mixture (clove, white pepper, ginger and coriander), and usually served with a chicken broth soup.[7] Different with Indonesian chicken noodles, traditionally in Singapore, curry powder was added to the stock, and the soup enhanced with oyster sauce and green onions.[8] Also, fish dumpling and mushroom were added.

See also

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  1. "Calories in Indonesian Food Mie Ayam". My Fitness Pal.
  2. Marvellina. "Chicken Noodles / Mie Ayam". What to Cook Today.
  3. MiMi Aye (2014). Noodle! 100 Amazing Authentic Recipes. A&C Black. p. 105. ISBN 9781472910615. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  4. 1 2 Heinz Von Holzen (2014). A New Approach to Indonesian Cooking. Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd. p. 15. ISBN 9789814634953. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  5. Geok Boi Lee (2007). Classic Asian Noodles. Marshall Cavendish. pp. 47–48. ISBN 978-981-232-922-6.
  6. Pepy Nasution (June 24, 2010). "Mie Ayam Jamur (Indonesian Chicken Mushroom Noodle) Recipe". Indonesia Eats.
  7. 1 2 "Chicken Noodle Soup (Mie ayam)". Indonesian Recipe.
  8. "Chicken Singapore noodles".
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