The literal translation of Nasi Goreng in Indonesian and Malaysian is “fried rice”, and that’s exactly what it says. The main dish is rice, some meat, and the only vegetable is onion. The difference from other fried rice dishes is that it is topped with a sauce made from sweet soy sauce called kecap manis. Kecap Manis turns the rice a deep brown color and caramelizes during cooking.
Usually served with a fried egg (I love the way the yolk flows into the rice!) and fresh cucumbers and tomatoes (no dressing), it becomes a meal.
Nasi Goreng Ingredients
Vegetable oil. For cooking.
chili pepper. Bird’s eye or Thai chili peppers are most commonly used, but you can also use any spicy red chili pepper of your choice. Omit it for the mild version. vegetables. shallots, garlic, green onions, green onions.
egg. Mix these into the fried rice.
Rice. You can use freshly cooked rice, but rice from the previous day will be drier and easier to stir-fry.
soy sauce. Adds flavor and saltiness.
Sweet soy sauce. Kecap Manis is a sweet soy sauce that appears in many Indonesian recipes. See the Recipe Tips and Notes section for substitutions.
shrimp paste. It gives great flavor to dishes.
salt. Season to taste. Soy sauce is very salty, so you may be able to do without it.
For garnish. Cucumber slices, tomato slices or cubes, spicy red pepper flakes
How To Make Nasi Goreng
Cook the rice according to the packet’s absorption instructions until just tender. Drain. Move to a baking plate. Cushion rice with a fork. Cool to room temperature. Cover and store in the refrigerator for two hours, or until cold (see tip).
In a jug, combine sweet chilli sauce, soy sauce, and kecap manis. Place aside.
Once the wok is hot, heat it over high heat. Swirl in 1 teaspoon of oil to coat. Swirl in one-quarter of the beaten egg to make a thin omelette. The egg should set after 30 seconds of cooking. Onto a board, slide. For four omelettes, repeat with oil and egg in three batches. Slice omelettes thinly crosswise after rolling them up.
Heat staying 2 tablespoons oil in wok over high intensity. Add the carrot, sambal olek, garlic, brown onion, and shrimp paste. Pan sear for 1 moment or until sweet-smelling. Include chicken. To seal, stir-fry for one to two minutes. Add prawns. Prawns should turn pink after 2 minutes of stir-frying. Include cabbage, green onions, rice, and the soy mixture. Pan sear for 3 to 4 minutes or until rice is warmed through. Toss half of the omelette that has been sliced.
Serve Nasi Goreng
Nasi goreng is often served with a fried egg for breakfast, making it more like a meal. If serving as dinner, consider adding ground chicken or pork, shrimp, fish, or your favorite protein.