Nasi Goreng translates to Fried Rice in Indonesian. It is originally from Indonesia and is commonly eaten as a hearty breakfast. On top of the fried rice, a fried egg and prawn crackers (Krupuk) are often added on the side.
Indonesians love their fried rice with chili sauce or sambal. If you go to Jakarta or Bali for a business trip or vacation, you'll often find Nasi Goreng being served at the coffee house in your hotel or in the hotel's room service menu. In fact, at times I find it at the strangest places in the world!
Ingredients: 350 gr. Long Grain Rice 2 Tbs. Vegetable Oil 3 Eggs 1 Onion 2 Green Chillis, Sambal Ulek or Sambal Badjak. 1 Garlic Clove 1 Leek 1 teaspoon Ground Coriander 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin 250 gr. Chicken meat 250 gr. Shelled Prawns 3 Tbs. Kecap Manis
Preparation: This dish is best made from cold leftover rice, but you can cook a fresh batch and leave it to cool for at least 4 hours. Beat the eggs and make into a omelette, slice into strips and set aside. Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan. Add the chopped onion, leek, garlic and chillis. Fry until the onion is soft. Add the Coriander and Cumin. Slice Chicken into strips and add with the prawns to the onion mixture and cook, stirring occasionally until they are well mixed. Add the rice, soya sauce and omelet strips and cook for a further 5 minutes.Decorate with some of the leftover leek and serve hot. Enjoy.
The Indonesian Nasi Goreng may also be accompanied by a stick or two of Sate (or Satay). Some of the best Nasi Goreng I've ever had was at the Hyatt Aryaduta Hotel and Mulia Hotel in Jakarta. Naturally, it's a richer version of the normal Nasi Goreng in that better grade and bigger prawns are used. Indonesia is a great place for jumbo prawns!
Remember, if you've leftover rice, this may be a good chance for you to cook up some Nasi Goreng in the morning for a most aromatic and welcoming breakfast. Your kids will love this especially if you add some prawn crackers on the side and also the best way for them to get some eggs into their systems! Alternatively, you may pack this as a lunch meal and then simply microwave it in the office for lunch!
Warning: Do not fall in love with this dish and eat it every day. It can be very fattening!!!
N.B.: By the way, if you like to use shrimp crackers from Indonesia, the best one is Ny. Siok. This brand has been exported to many countries in the world, you might well be able to find it in Chinatown or anywhere that stocks up Asian food.
I was surprised to find Nasi Goreng in Mount Tai (Taishan 泰山) at the Four Points Taian. It was good and really reasonably priced. I had it for room service at RMB 55 (that's US$8.50) ++. Not only does it has the Indonesian chilli but also the kropok (prawn crackers). Awesome!
Nasi goreng, literally meaning "fried rice" in Indonesian and Malay, can refer simply to fried pre-cooked rice, to a meal including fried rice accompanied with other items, or to a more complicated fried rice, typically spiced with tamarind and chilli and including other ingredients, particularly egg and prawns.