THIS IS THE MOST VERSATILE DISH I COOK AND MY go to COMFORT FOOD. Yum!
This is right where I would like to be cooking and eating nasi goreng – in my friend Victoria’s open air kitchen on her front verandah in Ubud, Bali. Victoria is a marvellous gardener and cook (she is also very clever with photoshop!).
You will find this Chinese inspired dish all over Indonesia, with regional variations and for many people, me included, it is real comfort food. I could eat it for breakfast lunch and dinner in fact, when I come to think of it, I probably have!
I make it all the time – it’s a very nutritious and simple way to use up yesterday’s cooked rice just by adding a few simple ingredients. You can make it with whatever you have to hand, but it is usually made with the inclusion of a little chicken, a few prawns, tofu – or simply vegetarian. Today I am making it with green prawns. This will feed 3-4.
- 250 g green prawns, peeled and cleaned
- OR 250 g chicken thigh fillet, thinly sliced
- 3 tbsp peanut or coconut oil
- 1 small brown onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 long red chillies, seeded and finely chopped
- 2-3 cups finely shredded greens. I am using kale and amaranth from the garden (bayam) and a few snake beans, plus some finely chopped cauliflower and a couple of mushrooms – because that is what I had! You could use any Asian greens or cabbage. Oh, I also had some cooked corn which I used.
- 1 tbsp kecap manis (Indonesian thick, sweet soy sauce)
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp tomato ketchup – this is the secret ingredient and differentiates Indonesian fried rice from Chinese.
- 1 egg per person, lightly beaten with a few drops of sesame oil.
- 2 cups steamed rice, preferably a day old
- NOTE: Nasi goreng is traditionally served with a fried egg on top – particularly for breakfast, but when you are making it for a few people I like to include the cooked eggs in the finished dish.
6. Add prawns (chicken, tofu etc) and toss on high heat for another minute.
TOP TIPS FOR MAKING SUCCESSFUL Nasi Goreng.I used to be useless at making this, what is essentially, a very easy dish – that is until my daughter’s friend, Anton, came to stay from Java, Indonesia. He would make this every morning for breakfast and I would watch with interest and then eat the leftovers!
More delicious Indonesian food from my kitchen