I felt that this dish was just okay...maybe it's because I didn't use peanut oil (my husband's allergic). I also read the other comments and added a little heat via some Sambal Olek. If it wasn't for that I don't think it would have had any taste. Also I should have added more cabbage because it wilted down to nothing. Not sure if I will try this recipe again.
It does need heat. I doubled the cabbage and celery and used plain green cabbage because the nappa looked bad at the store. Made it without the kecap manis on the first try and used tereyaki because I had it. Second time around I found the kecap manis and I think that it does a whole lot better than my sub. My older kids love this and I will put it in rotation.
My family enjoyed this recipe. It is very mild though. If you want a spicy flavor this is not for you.
I sampled stir-fired noodles all over Bali and Java and Chiles are an essential ingredient for stir-fried noodles. I can't imagine why Cooking Light chose to omit them except to make it acceptable nursery food. I made this with a few changes which improved the recipe to 4 stars (though my husband gave it 5). Besides the addition of chiles I substituted a julienned yellow pepper for the celery stalk I didn't have on hand. It added some crunch and flavor. I also fried my own onions for the topping. I could not bring myself to purchased canned fried onions after too many holidays when I was confronted with the gloppy green bean casserole from the 1960s. And I am sure they didn't use canned noodles when I visited Indonesia.
It was an overall good recipe. The sweet soy sauce was hard to find--so I made my own. I like noodles--so this was a good recipe to me.
Good recipe - our two year old loved it - but it wasn't as flavorful as I thought it would be. I found the sweet soy sauce at an Asian grocery store, but I couldn't tell what it added... I added hot sauce to my bowl, and I would make it again - I just think the extra trip to buy the big bottle of kecap manis wasn't worth it.
Pretty good. Could use some heat (not sure if that would be authentic). I couldn't find the sweet soy, but I found an easy recipe to make my own online.