Stir-fried Macaroni Goreng
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Macaroni Goreng (Spicy Stir-fried macaroni)

Made with fried elbow macaroni, Macaroni Goreng is stir-fried in a tomato ketchup based sauce, then lightly seasoned with chili to give it a sweet, savory and spicy flavor! This flavorful pasta is perfect for movie nights and drinking sessions with friends, Macaroni Goreng will never fail to impress. It’s fast, easy and everyone loves it.

Stir-fried Macaroni Goreng
Stir-fried Macaroni Goreng

Attracted by the dish while wandering around at the Pasar Malam (night market) because it’s rare to see stir-fried macaroni. The colors of Macaroni Goreng looks so delish, it makes me salivate whenever I see it.

Especially good for a slow dinner, I can slowly snack on it piece by piece while watching dramas. Sweet with a little tinge of spiciness, it’s a perfect enjoyment and comfort to indulge in. I’ve even influenced my husband, he could finish multiple servings himself.

We can’t take overly spicy food, so this is perfect as it’s just a little spicy. So if you like it spicy, add sliced chilies to yours.


Macaroni is used in this recipe because it’s bite-sized and great for snacking on but there are other short types of pastas that you can easily purchase from grocery stores as well. Cook pasta in boiling salt water for about 10 mins or follow package instructions until ‘al dente’.

  • Macaroni / elbow pasta
  • Fusilli
  • Farfelle
  • Penne


I used Shanghai greens in my recipe because that was what I had in my fridge but you can use any other vegetables that you’d like.

  • Xiao bao cai, Shanghai greens or Chye sim
  • Cabbage
  • Celery


You can use any meat of your preference for your stir-fried Macaroni, some popular choices are:

  • Minced beef / Cubed beef
  • Minced chicken / Cubed chicken
  • Chicken franks cut into small pieces

Chilli Paste

I used Sambal paste, but if you don’t have it… You can probably try using Gochujang (Korean) or Sriracha (Thai / Vietnam), I’ve never tried using them before but it should be alright.

If you can’t handle spicy food at all, you can leave out and omit the chili paste.

Stir-fried Macaroni Goreng

Macaroni Goreng (Spicy Stir-fried macaroni)
Stir-fried in a tomato ketchup based sauce, seasoned with chili to give it a sweet, savory and spicy flavor!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indonesian, Malaysian, Muslim
Servings 4 servings


  • 200 g chicken cubed
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2- 3 stalks leafy greens
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 tbsps oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • Chopped spring onions, chopped coriander and/or fried shallots for garnishing

Boil macaroni

  • 200 g macaroni
  • 700 ml water
  • 1/2 tbsp salt


  • 4 tbsps ketchup
  • 2 tbsps chili paste sambal
  • 2 tbsps oyster sauce
  • 2 tsps sugar


  • Cut chicken into 2cm bite-sized pieces, season with salt & pepper and mix well. Leave aside.
  • Cut leafy greens into bite-sized pieces. Dice onions and chop garlic.
  • Mix all ingredients for the sauce in a bowl.
  • Boil water and salt in a pot, then add macaroni. Let it cook for about 10 mins or follow package instructions, until 'al dente'. When done, turn off heat and reserve 3 tbsps of pasta water. Drain macaroni and set aside.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in frying pan, scramble eggs and put aside.
  • Heat the rest of the oil, add onion and garlic. Stir-fry for about 30 secs until onion looks slightly translucent.
  • Add chicken and stir-fry until cooked. Add leafy greens and fry for about 30 secs.
  • Now we add macaroni, fry for about 10 secs. Add pasta water if it's too dry.
  • Lastly, put in the scrambled eggs and sauce. Stir-fry until well combined.
  • Garnish with fried shallots, chopped spring onions and coriander. Serve.



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