Mie Aceh demonstrates the cultural history of Acehnese people and foreign influences that formed the Aceh region and its historic role as major port in the region. The curry-based soup was an influence of the neighboring Indian cuisine, while the noodle was Chinese influence. The preference to mutton, goat meat and beef demonstrates their Islamic value that requires the food to be halal. While the preference to seafood suggests Aceh geographic location surrounded by Malacca strait, Andaman Sea and Indian Ocean, also the way of life of majority of the Aceh population as traders, farmers and fishermen. Today, mie aceh eating establishments could be found in most of Indonesian major cities, and also neighboring countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia.
Mie Aceh is available in two variations; mie aceh goreng, which is stir-fried and dry, and mie aceh kuah which is soupy. The noodle is also available in two options of ingredients; meat either beef, lamb or mutton, or seafood either shrimp or crab. Aceh noodle is usually sprinkled with fried shallot, and served with emping, peanuts, slices of shallots, cucumber, and dash of kaffir lime.