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We are going to Indonesia this month’s #food of the world event. I made a very simple Indonesian dish called ‘Nasi Goreng‘. Nasi Goreng literally means ‘fried rice‘ in Indonesia and it is simple rice dish spiced with kecap manis (sweet soy sauce), shallot, garlic and chili and is accompanied by other ingredients like egg or other protein.

Nasi Goreng is stronger and spicier compared to Chinese fried rice with the addition of kecap manis and other spices. It can be eaten at any time of the day and many Indonesians eat it for breakfast. It is also a popular choice for late night supper served by street vendors.

The rice used in Nasi Goreng is usually cooked ahead of time and left to cool down, so it is best to cook the rice the day before and chilled in the refrigerator until ready to use. Kecap Manis or sweet soy sauce, is an essential ingredient for the fried rice. If you don’t have it (like I did), then make your own using good old soy sauce and brown sugar (instructions included in the recipe).

This is a very flavorful and filling dish with the addition of veggies and spice paste. It is usually served with fried shallots, cucumber, scallions and fried egg on top.

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Indonesian Nasi Goreng Yum
Nasi Goreng is stronger and spicier compared to Chinese fried rice with the addition of kecap manis and other spices. It can be eaten at any time of the day and many Indonesians eat it for breakfast. It is also a popular choice for late night supper served by street vendors.
Indonesian Nasi Goreng
Course main course
Cuisine indonesian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Rice Cooked
  • 1 Carrot - large, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 10 ~ 12 Beans French - finely chopped
  • 4 Bok Choy - baby, chopped
  • 1 cup Cabbage - , finely shredded
  • 4 ~ 5 Shallots - chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic - , finely minced
  • 1 red chili Fresh - minced
  • 2 tbsps Kecap Manis - (2tbsp regular soy sauce with 2tsp palm sugar or jaggery)
  • to taste Salt Pepper &
For the Ground Paste
  • 1 Tomato - medium, chopped
  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 3 ~ 4 cloves Garlic - , minced
  • 3 Chilies Red - minced
  • 2 tbsps Almonds Slivered
For Garnish:
  • 5 ~ 6 Spring Onions - chopped
  • Shallots Fried - as needed
  • egg Fried
  • 1 Cucumber - thinly sliced
  • Cashews Fried
Course main course
Cuisine indonesian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Rice Cooked
  • 1 Carrot - large, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 10 ~ 12 Beans French - finely chopped
  • 4 Bok Choy - baby, chopped
  • 1 cup Cabbage - , finely shredded
  • 4 ~ 5 Shallots - chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic - , finely minced
  • 1 red chili Fresh - minced
  • 2 tbsps Kecap Manis - (2tbsp regular soy sauce with 2tsp palm sugar or jaggery)
  • to taste Salt Pepper &
For the Ground Paste
  • 1 Tomato - medium, chopped
  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 3 ~ 4 cloves Garlic - , minced
  • 3 Chilies Red - minced
  • 2 tbsps Almonds Slivered
For Garnish:
  • 5 ~ 6 Spring Onions - chopped
  • Shallots Fried - as needed
  • egg Fried
  • 1 Cucumber - thinly sliced
  • Cashews Fried
Indonesian Nasi Goreng
Instructions
  1. Make the Spice Paste: Grind all the ingredients for the spice paste in a mortar and pestle or in a blender.
  2. Heat 2tbsp oil in a large saute pan or wok on medium-high heat. Add the shallots, garlic and red chilies; cook for 2~3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the ground spice paste and fry for a few minutes until it doesn't smell raw anymore.
  4. Add the carrots, green beans, cabbage and bok choy; fry till the veggies are crisp tender, about 3~5 minutes.
  5. Add the cooked rice, kecap manis, salt & pepper. Mix well until everything is nicely incorporated and the rice is heated through.
  6. Garnish with spring onions, fried cashews, fried shallots and serve with fried egg and sliced cucumbers.
Recipe Notes

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5 thoughts on “Indonesian Nasi Goreng for #Food of the World”

  1. I wanted to make Nasi Goreng but changed my mind. This is on my to do list though. My post is still not ready. Will put it up tonight or first thing tomorrow morning.

  2. One of my favorite dishes I eat often when I visit my Indonesian family but we usually also include tamarind and palm sugar but this a flavorful still veggie version

  3. One of my favorite dishes I eat often when I visit my Indonesian family but we usually also include tamarind and palm sugar but this a flavorful still veggie version

  4. I am limited in my spice availability unless I travel a little to an India spice store. I love how authentic your nasi goreng is compared to mine. Really lovely.

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