Nasi goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice) was one of my favorite foods in Indonesia (and definitely Dan’s, I could hardly get the guy to order anything else). As soon as we got back, I started developing this recipe for homemade fried rice. And what better day to post it than on Dan’s birthday?! (happy birthday, boo!)
Traditionally, nasi goreng is served for breakfast from rice leftover from the night before. But I cook it for dinner. Now, I’m gonna keep it real – this may not be as authentic as the real nasi goreng in Indonesia, but it’s pretty damn close and with ingredients I can easily find, already keep on hand or buy on amazon. It’s also super easy and makes a great quick dinner recipe. Who isn’t looking for easy dinner ideas? First you’ll want to gather all of your ingredients:
Bear with me for this one, this easy recipe cooks up super fast. I get all of the ingredients together first, which takes more time than cooking, and then fire up the stove. I typically use day old rice, ya know – the leftover kind. But fresh works as well, it just clumps a little more.
Start by chopping up your veggies: onions, carrots and bok choy. Note: you could easily add more veggies: broccoli, snow peas, sweet bell peppers would all make a great addition.
Add together fresh chopped chilis or sambal oelek chili paste, ginger and garlic in a small bowl. If you’re using fresh chills instead of sambal, mash them into the garlic and ginger.
Heat the peanut and sesame oils in a large pan. Toss in the onions and carrots and watch them sizzle until cooked through, but not burnt (about 4-5 minutes). Can’t you just smell the awesomeness?
Throw in the ginger, garlic and sambal mixture, stir constantly for about a minute. It’s very important not to burn those ingredients!
Toss in the cooked rice and stir. I prefer to use rice cooked earlier that day and refrigerated, or day old rice. It helps it firm up and not stick as much. Add the soy sauce, salt, ketjap manis and fish sauce. Ketjap manis is like an Indonesian soy sauce, it’s thicker and sweeter than the regular soy sauce.
Add the bok choy and stir it all up. It’s pretty much done, so turn down the heat to keep it warm.
While the nasi goreng stays warm, fry up two sunny-side up eggs to top it off. Everything is better with an egg on top, don’t ya think?
Serve with the egg on top of the nasi goreng. Enjoy!
Nasi Goreng Recipe: Indonesian Fried Rice
4 cups cooked rice (day old preferred)
2 T Peanut oil
2 t sesame oil
1 onion, chopped finely
1 carrot, chopped finely
2-3 small heads of bok choy, chopped (can substitute Chinese cabbage)
2 t minced fresh ginger (about the size of your thumb)
2 t sambal (or two fresh chills minced or crushed); adjust more or less if you like it hot/not hot
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T soy sauce
1 T fish sauce
2 eggs, for serving
Possible additional toppings: chopped green onion, fried shallots,
Possible additional veggies: broccoli, green beans, snow peas, sweet bell peppers.
Heat oils in large stir fry pan over medium heat, toss in chopped onions and carrots. Cook until done, about 5 minutes. Stir in minced ginger, garlic, and sambal. Cook for one minute (or until fragrant). Add rice, soy sauce, ketjap manis and fish sauce. Stir until all ingredients are combined. Add bok choy. Turn down heat and fry up 2 eggs sunny-side up. Serve with egg on top. Additional toppings: fried shallots (nom) or green onions. You could also more veggies, as I often do!
Even now some of fondest memories I have of Indonesia are eating nasi goreng, on the street corner in Jakarta, overlooking the rice fields in Bali, or in a sleepy beach village in Pemuteran. Leave it to me to remember food above everything else.
Have you ever tried nasi goreng? Or recreated your own recipes from travels while at home? Tell me in the comments!
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