Supermi istimewa

The favorite Asian fast food!

You'll probably find yourself eating it if you live in Java long enough, so you might as well make this healthy version of it when you do. Warung Seniman served only this during the troubled week of May 14–21, 1998, when the only store open was the small shop on the corner.

2 packages of Super-Mi
2 eggs

1 clove garlic
1 small red chili
1 carrot, sliced
½ cup cauliflower, chopped
a handful of chopped cabbage
1 Tbsp coriander leaves or celery greens
a handful of kenikir greens (optional)
1 tomato, chopped
sambal ulek (bottled red-pepper sauce)
  1. In a separate pan, boil the noodles up until half-cooked. This removes the starchy, salty, processed flavor.
  2. Scramble eggs in a wok with a little oil. Don't break up into too small pieces.
  3. Add vegetables and stir-fry for a few minutes.
  4. Add the spice packets that come in the packages, and pepper.
  5. Add 2–3 cups of water and simmer until vegetables are a little tender.
  6. Add noodles. Don't stir too much.
  7. Simmer about 2 minutes until noodles are done.
  8. Add sambal ulek, about 2 teaspoons.
Serves 2

For large groups of people, at a gamelan session for example, Warung Seniman cooks up the vegetable/egg mixure in a big pot with the broth. When they are ready to eat, boil the noodles in a separate pot. Scoop portions of noodles into individual bowls and cover with the vegetables and broth.

American note: I haven't found Super-Mi here, but the Indonesian brand Indo-Mie is widely available.