Pasta stir fry . Okay, so don’t tell your culinary traditionalist neighbour about this. But this recipe is basically a bastardisation of your usual pasta (which is also probably a bastardisation of the real thing, let’s face it). Because this dish has some Asian influence in it.
However, this Asian inspired stir fry pasta is worth trying as it does not only taste clean and delicious; like any other stir fry, they are also done in under 20 minutes.
Are Pasta and Noodles the same?
Okay, I am not sure if this is going to make sense, they are the ‘same same but different’. Meaning in context; if you are game enough to use pasta and noodles interchangeably, you can probably make it work. At the end of the day, they mostly contain similar ingredients and processes.
These similarities in ingredients may also be a reason why pasta dishes are hugely popular in Asia. If you have been to Asia before, I am sure you have seen or eaten the Asian variation of pasta dishes. For instance :
- Tomyum Pasta (Thailand)
- Wafu Pasta (Japan)
- Macaroni Soup with Spam & Egg ( Hong Kong)
- Kimchi Spaghetti ( South Korea)
- Desi Pasta (India)
- Macaroni Goreng (Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore)
You get the gist. So, basically we take ‘western’ ingredients (in this case, pasta) and tweaked it to suit our oriental palette. But before you go “eww, that’s NOT going to end well”, these different types of pasta dishes does – taste- frigging- excellent; when done right.
Macaroni Goreng / Stir-Fry Pasta Recipe
Stir-fry pasta dish is common in South East Asia. I think it is popular due to its similarity to common South East Asian dishes such as Mee Goreng, Pad Thai, Char Kway Teow. This style of stir fry I am making today is one I grew up eating at gatherings and parties. It is not as spicy as it relies more on the heat from white pepper as opposed to chillies.
This dish has made a regular appearance in my weekly menu planning when I was a college student since this is really the ultimate budget student meals. This pasta dish is an easy to make recipe, it is reasonably healthy and most importantly, it is cheap to make! For less than $AUD 5 per pot – this is considered as a cheap meal on a budget in Australia. A pot of cooked pasta provided me with 5 x medium lunch size meals (200g approx).
Plus, this makes a great meal prep food as they freeze, thaw and reheats really well.
If you prefer a little more spicy kick to your pasta shells, serve this with a side of sambal oelek, Sriracha or sambal belacan (chilli paste).
Resepi Makaroni Goreng
- 2 sudu besar Minyak Zaitun
- 2 sudu besar Mentega
- ½ Bawang Holland hiris nipis, kalau nak lebih, pakai 1 biji
- 2 butir Bawang putih hiris nipis
- 500 gram Daging cincang
- 2 sudu besar sos tiram
- 2 sudu besar sos tomato
- 1 sudu teh lada hitam
- 1 sudu teh lada sulah
- 1 sudu besar kicap masin
- 1 bawang benggala potong dadu
- 1 cawan mix veggie
- 500 gram pasta/speghetti yang sudah direbus (al-dente)
- Garam secukup rasa
- Aji/Cukup Rasa kalau pakai
- Rebus makaroni / speghetti / pasta jenis apa pun boleh. Ikut cara cara merebus dibelakang paket pasta yang awak beli . Kalau paket pasta kata rebus 15 minit, untuk dapatkan pasta al-dente , keluarkan pasta 3 minit lebih awal (12 minit)
- Dalam kuali, masuk kan minyak zaitun dan mentega
- Once butter melted, add thinly sliced onions. Stir until onions turns translucent
- Add mince beef. Cook mince beef until mince turns brown and separated
- Add garlic
- Add oyster sauce, tomato sauce, black pepper, white pepper and soy sauce
- Mix the above ingredients well
- Add capsicum and mix vegetables
- Add salt to taste
- Add cooked pasta shells and mix well with mince beef
- Cook for a few more minutes and we are done!
- For more a fusion taste, sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top.