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Indonesian Fried Rice – Nasi Goreng

September 22, 2016

Nasi Goreng, or Indonesian fried rice, is one of the most popular Indonesian dishes. Also featuring chicken, eggs, cabbage, and soy sauce, it can be served both as a main and a side dish. Crazy delicious!

Indonesian Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng) is one of the most popular Indonesian dishes. It features chicken, tons of veggies, and is served with a fried egg on top! | cookingtheglobe.com

When we talk about Asian cuisine, such countries as Thailand, China, Japan, Vietnam immediately pop into our heads. Every big city has myriads of places where you can taste the authentic food from these areas. But what about all the other, smaller countries? Korean, Philippine, Singaporean, and other not-so-big-n-famous cuisines also have what to offer! So does Indonesia, the country we are exploring today. I am so excited!

Indonesian Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng) is one of the most popular Indonesian dishes. It features chicken, tons of veggies, and is served with a fried egg on top! | cookingtheglobe.com

One of the most popular Indonesian dishes has to be Nasi Goreng. It literally means “fried rice”, but it’s so much more than that. The rice is stir-fried together with shallots, garlic, chilies, chicken, cabbage, and the famous Indonesian sweet soy sauce called kecap manis. Don’t worry if you don’t have / can’t find it. This sauce can be easily made at home by combining and simmering the equal amounts of the basic soy sauce and brown sugar. Just wait until it has reduced and thickened. Oh, I forgot to mention that all this goodness is topped with a fried egg sunny side up. Kind of reminds me of Hawaiian Loco Moco.

Indonesian Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng) is one of the most popular Indonesian dishes. It features chicken, tons of veggies, and is served with a fried egg on top! | cookingtheglobe.com

The main ingredient of Nasi Goreng, which is rice, will have more flavor if it will be at least one day old and refrigerated overnight. That’s the recommendation I kept stumbling upon in every single recipe of this Indonesian dish. In fact, rice is not the only leftover recommended for Nasi Goreng – chicken has also to be cooked beforehand. If leftovers are a frequent occurrence in your home, this Indonesian fried rice is for you!

If I still haven’t convinced you, here is a clincher: in 2011 CNN conducted a poll, asking people what’s the world’s best food is. They put together a list of 50 best foods on the planet based on the answers. Nasi Goreng got… Drum roll, please…Β  A second place! That’s right. A second freaking place in the whole world. Now that’s something special, right?

Indonesian Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng) is one of the most popular Indonesian dishes. It features chicken, tons of veggies, and is served with a fried egg on top! | cookingtheglobe.com

Indonesian fried rice not necessarily should be made with chicken. You can add any leftover meat you like. Shrimp can also be added, in fact, they are thrown into Nasi Goreng quite frequently. Sometimes alone, more often in combination with chicken. I planned to add some shrimp too, but the ones I saw in my local shop were far from attractive. It looked like those poor guys were lying there for weeks. Maybe it’s for the best because this chicken-only version I made is spectacular. Try it! Indonesian Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng) is one of the most popular Indonesian dishes. It features chicken, tons of veggies, and is served with a fried egg on top! | cookingtheglobe.com

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Indonesian Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng) is one of the most popular Indonesian dishes. It features chicken, tons of veggies, and is served with a fried egg on top! | cookingtheglobe.com
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Nasi Goreng Recipe (Indonesian Fried Rice)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Indonesian Fried Rice is not only about rice. It also features chicken, eggs, cabbage, and more!

Cuisine: Indonesian
Servings: 4 people
Calories Per Serving: 549 kcal
Author: CookingTheGlobe
Ingredients
  • 5 cups (500g) cooked rice or leftover rice
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil , divided
  • 4 eggs
  • 5 shallots , peeled, sliced
  • 1-2 red chilies , deseeded, minced
  • 1 cup (200g) cooked chicken , diced (about 10 oz or 300g uncooked)
  • 2 cups (250g) thinly sliced cabbage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sweet Indonesian soy sauce (kecap manis)
  • sliced cucumber and tomato , for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil and fry the eggs sunny side up. Set aside.
  2. In a wok, or big skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and add the shallots, garlic, and chilies. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the cabbage and the cooked chicken and stir-fry for 2 minutes more, until the cabbage is wilted. Increase the heat to high and add the cooked rice, salt, and kecap manis. Stir-fry for a few minutes more, until mixed well and cooked through.
  3. Serve with the fried eggs on top. Garnish with cucumber and tomato slices. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

1. If you don't have any leftover rice and you want to cook the new one, the ratio of uncooked and cooked is about 1:3. It means that 170g of uncooked rice should give you 500g of cooked rice.
2. You can make the Indonesian sweet soy sauce at home. Just mix equal amounts of soy sauce and brown sugar and simmer until thickened.

Adapted from The Food of Indonesia by Heinz Von Holzen

 

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22 Comments

  • Reply Silvia September 23, 2016 at 9:57 am

    This dish looks very tasty and fresh. I love it.

    • Reply Igor September 24, 2016 at 6:55 am

      It really is super delicious, Silvia!

  • Reply Platter Talk September 23, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Outstanding info you have. Nasi Goreng, 2nd place of favorite foods and I’ve never tried. I must see what the fuss is about! Thank you for your educational post.

    • Reply Igor September 24, 2016 at 6:56 am

      I know, right? This was the first time I tried it either!

  • Reply Pam Greer September 23, 2016 at 11:37 am

    You are so right, I never think of foods from those smaller countries!

    • Reply Igor September 24, 2016 at 6:56 am

      You are not the only one, Pam πŸ™‚

  • Reply Cricket Plunkett September 23, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    We love fried rice in my house, definitely have to try this!

    • Reply Igor September 24, 2016 at 6:58 am

      You will love it!

  • Reply Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy September 23, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    That looks like a tasty dinner option to me. The runny egg would be so good over that rice. Yummy!!

    • Reply Igor September 24, 2016 at 7:09 am

      Yes, the runny egg is so on point πŸ™‚

  • Reply Suzy | The Mediterranean Dish September 23, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Awesome post! Thanks so much for sharing. Must try!

    • Reply Igor September 24, 2016 at 7:09 am

      Thanks for the comment, Suzy! πŸ™‚

  • Reply J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all September 23, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    This looks delicious! I want to dive right in. The egg and rice combo looks amazing!

    • Reply Igor September 24, 2016 at 7:21 am

      Yes! This combination is the key here πŸ™‚

  • Reply Michele @ Flavor Mosaic September 23, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    This is a perfect brunch dish for this weekend.

    • Reply Igor September 24, 2016 at 7:21 am

      I am one hundred percent sure you will love it, Michele πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy September 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    I am a sucker for fried rice and this looks absolutely divine! Would be a perfect weeknight meal!

    • Reply Igor September 24, 2016 at 7:26 am

      It’s really divine, Tina. You will love it!

  • Reply Aish Padihari September 23, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    I’m crazy about fried rice with some hot sauce on the side. And I feel like eating that whole bowl. So many flavors. Wow!

    • Reply Igor September 24, 2016 at 7:38 am

      Try it and tell me how you liked it, Aish! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Georgina Ingham | Culinary Travels September 23, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Nasi Gorang is one of my favourite dishes. I could dive right into that bowl, it looks perfect.

    • Reply Igor September 24, 2016 at 7:38 am

      Thanks for the kind words, Georgina! πŸ™‚

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