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Simple Fried Noodles Recipe Using Instant Noodles


The author is an engineer by profession and a lover of food. In his free time, he likes to tinker around in the kitchen.

Learn how to make easy fried noodles using instant noodles

Learn how to make easy fried noodles using instant noodles

Malaysian Fried Noodles

Fried noodles, especially the Malaysian dish known as mee mamak, is one of my favorite dishes. It is traditionally prepared with a long list of ingredients as well as a good amount of cooking oil.

One of the easiest ways to enjoy this dish is to use instant noodles. Maybe it's not quite as tasty as the authentic recipe, but it's healthier. You boil the instant noodles instead of frying them. This is also a good shortcut recipe if you're in a hurry or if you're abroad and don't have access to all of the ingredients.

Instant Noodles: World Consumption

Instant noodles, also called instant ramen, originated in Japan in 1958 but have now spread to almost all parts of the world—though each country has its own local flavors. If you look at the chart below on global consumption of instant noodles, China is now the largest consumer (as of 2020).

Choosing the Right Instant Noodles

Some instant noodles have high sodium levels. High sodium can be harmful and is linked to diseases such as stroke, hypertension, and kidney problems.

Based on a study by the Consumer Association of Penang, Malaysia, the average sodium level found in 10 different brands of instant noodles was 830 mg.

The U.S. Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of sodium is 2,400 mg/day. Look for instant noodle brands that have lower sodium levels (I look for brands that are lower than 830 mg).

Top 15 countries for instant noodle consumption (2020)

Top 15 countries for instant noodle consumption (2020)

Instant Noodle Stir-Fry

To cook instant noodles, you boil the dry noodles as per instructions on the wrapper. For fried noodles, drain and discard the boiled water. Then add and mix the seasoning and flavoring. Make sure it is fully drained, otherwise you will have soggy fried noodles.

Variety of Flavors, Spices, and Add-Ins

Fried noodles come in many varieties of flavors and spices. For this recipe, I chose the original flavor.

For add-ins, you can use chicken, seafood, fish balls, beef, boiled eggs, veggies, etc. If you prefer a vegan option, add your favorite veggies, tofu, tempeh, etc.

For this recipe, I added Chinese mustard greens and bean sprouts for the veggies. For the protein, I added fish balls and fish cakes, as there is less preparation required for these ingredients.

Mee goring using instant noodles

Mee goring using instant noodles

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

10 min

20 min

1 serving


  • 1 packet instant fried noodle
  • 4 fish balls, halved
  • 1 fish cake, sliced in small pieces
  • 2 stalks sawi (kai choy or Chinese mustard greens), cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups water, to boil the instant noodles
  • 1 cup bean sprouts, washed and roots removed
This is the brand of instant noodles I used for this recipe

This is the brand of instant noodles I used for this recipe


  1. Boil the instant noodles with 2 cups water (do not add the spices and seasonings yet). Boil for about 2 minutes, then drain the water completely. Set aside.
  2. In a separate pot, boil the fish balls and fish cakes. Add salt to taste. After 3 minutes, add the sawi (Chinese green mustard greens) and bean sprouts. Continue to boil for 1 minute. Then completely drain the water.
  3. In a bowl, add all the seasoning packet from the instant noodle package. Add the boiled noodles, fish balls, fish cakes, and veggies. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Serve immediately.
Bean sprouts, fish balls, fish cakes and  sawi

Bean sprouts, fish balls, fish cakes and sawi

Upgraded Instant Noodles and Instant Ramen

Instant noodles are often associated with high-carb, high-sodium, and low-nutrition foods. Despite this, people still enjoy eating it. The table above shows that in 2020, 116.6 billion servings of instant noodles were eaten worldwide—and these numbers are increasing yearly.

To cater to the changing consumer preferences for more nutritious instant ramen, some companies have reinvented this beloved crave-worthy food.

Low-Carb Instant Noodles

Today there are brands that feature low-carb, high-protein instant ramen for a more nutritious meal without the add-ins.

Another Instant Noodle Recipe

© 2012 MazlanA


MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on December 01, 2014:

Hi peach. Yup I am a Malaysian, just like you and we all love mee mamak. Thanks for dropping by.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on November 30, 2014:

are you a malaysian? When you mentioned Penang, I know you are local. Yes, mee mamak, very popular for us and easy t cook. I use Indo mee too

Susan from India on April 04, 2013:

I love eating noodles and this sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing.

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on July 02, 2012:

@teaches12345 , It is healthier as you do not fry but boil the instant noodle. Thanks for visiting and commenting

Dianna Mendez on July 01, 2012:

Interesting to know that the instant noodles are healthier. As you stated, the salt is concern for some, but the it's a good alternative. Thanks for the recipe idea.

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