Recipe Aceh Noodles

Mie Aceh is a beloved dish from the Indonesian province of Aceh, known for its rich and spicy flavors. This noodle dish is a harmonious blend of Chinese-influenced noodles and Acehnese cuisine's bold, aromatic spices. Here's how you can recreate this culinary delight in your own kitchen.


For the Noodles:

  • 400g of egg noodles
  • Water for boiling
  • Salt

For the Spice Paste:

  • 5 shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 3-4 red chili peppers, deseeded (adjust according to your spice preference)
  • 2 inches of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 inches of fresh galangal, peeled and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of black peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Additional Ingredients:

  • 200g of beef or chicken, thinly sliced
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass, bruised
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet soy sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • Fried shallots for garnish
  • Chopped green onions for garnish
  • Lime wedges for serving


  1. Prepare the Noodles:

    • Boil water in a large pot and add salt.
    • Cook the egg noodles according to the package instructions until al dente.
    • Drain the noodles and set aside.
  2. Make the Spice Paste:

    • In a blender or food processor, combine shallots, garlic, red chili peppers, ginger, galangal, turmeric powder, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, and black peppercorns.
    • Blend until a smooth paste forms.
  3. Cook the Spice Paste:

    • Heat vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat.
    • Add the spice paste and cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  4. Prepare the Broth:

    • Add sliced beef or chicken to the pan and cook until browned.
    • Stir in lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, diced tomatoes, and sweet soy sauce.
    • Pour in enough water to cover the ingredients and bring to a simmer.
    • Let the broth simmer for 20-30 minutes until the flavors meld together and the meat is tender.
    • Season with salt to taste.
  5. Assemble the Mie Aceh:

    • Divide the cooked noodles into serving bowls.
    • Ladle the hot broth and meat over the noodles.
  6. Garnish and Serve:

    • Garnish the Mie Aceh with fried shallots and chopped green onions.
    • Serve hot with lime wedges on the side.


  • Adjust the amount of chili peppers according to your spice tolerance.
  • For a richer broth, you can use beef or chicken broth instead of water.
  • Feel free to add ingredients like boiled eggs, shrimp, or tofu for additional protein.


  • Seafood Mie Aceh: Substitute the beef or chicken with shrimp, squid, and fish balls for a delightful seafood twist.
  • Vegetarian Mie Aceh: Replace the meat with tofu and add an assortment of vegetables like carrots, cabbage, and bok choy for a vegetarian-friendly version.


The calorie content of Mie Aceh can vary depending on the ingredients used and portion sizes. On average, a serving can contain around 400-600 calories.


Mie Aceh is not just a dish; it's a culinary journey through the flavors of Acehnese cuisine. With its aromatic spices, hearty broth, and chewy noodles, it will tantalize your taste buds and warm your soul. Whether you stick to the classic recipe or put your own spin on it, Mie Aceh is a dish worth savoring.


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