500 g rice
50 g dried red chilies (soaked in hot water and then drained)
4 cloves garlic
2 red onions
4 tbsp cooking oil
50 g chicken liver (diced and blanched)
50 g chicken gizzard (diced and blanched)
100 g chicken breast (diced and blanched)
½ cup cabbage (thinly sliced)
½ cup baby spinach
50 g spring onions
3 tbsp kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp white pepper
1 tbsp salt
2 tbsp shallots (fried)
The traditional Indonesian Nasi Goreng is a popular recipe that has many variants in today’s cooking culture. A classic dish, the Indonesian Fried Rice incorporates the flavors and ingredients of ‘sambal goreng’ with fried rice.
Fried rice today comes in all forms - with a fried egg, chicken cubes, shrimp, minced beef and vegetables. However, there are some key fundamental ingredients that make the Indonesian Nasi Goreng a stand-out dish among the other fried-rice variations.
The combination of kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) and at times, a hint of shrimp paste, is enough to transform the fried rice into one of the best-tasting comfort foods you will ever come across.
Just like a stir-fry, the Indonesian Nasi Goreng is the type of dish that you will want to make for easy and hearty weeknight dinners. The beauty of a fried rice dish is in its versatility. You can easily whip up a big pot of nasi goreng by combining the staple rice with a meat of your choice and almost every type of vegetable there is. In fact, the Indonesian Nasi Goreng is a perfect meal to make when you need a fulfilling dinner but only have leftovers in your kitchen. All the ingredients are also easily sourced, so you can skimp on looking for unusual ingredients.
Like most types of Asian cooking, the Indonesian Nasi Goreng has a sweet and savory taste profile, balancing the flavor of shrimp or fish sauce along with the sweetness of the soy sauce. It can be made more spicy by adding more chili paste or the texture can be more sticky with a heavier and darker soy sauce.
A staple among Indonesian households, the Nasi Goreng dish is usually served with a generous sprinkling of fried shallots and prawn crackers or cucumber on the side.
Feeling uninspired? Take your cue with our recipe for the famous Indonesian Nasi Goreng and put your own spin on it if you like!
The Indonesian Nasi Goreng is typically made with shrimp or chili paste, kecap manis and small bite-sized chicken or beef chunks. In our recipe today, we will use chili paste, cut-up chicken breast chunks, and some fish sauce for flavor. Exploring the complexity of flavors in Indonesian Nasi Goreng? We have the answers to your questions!
Definitely! Simply take out the meat from the recipe and substitute it with your favorite vegetables. Instead of adding meat, you can try adding green beans, thinly-sliced carrots or tofu cubes to your fried rice.
Not only is our recipe for Indonesian Nasi Goreng easy, it is also extremely versatile. You can make a huge pot of the fried rice and pack them into boxes for your lunches as part of your meal preparation efforts. Yes, the Nasi Goreng is one of the easiest meals to make that can be reheated to enjoy the next day!
Just add more chilies or chili paste to your Nasi Goreng and it will surely do the trick!
For extra flavor and texture, adding peanuts can give your dish a little bit of a crunch while a fried egg on top of it perfectly complements the meal. Prawn crackers are also a favorite alongside sambal belachan (chili condiment in many Malaysian and Indonesian foods).
For a recipe as simple as this, the trick to packing a punch of flavor in your Indonesian Nasi Goreng is in some of the ingredients used as well as the preparation methods. A little goes a long way.
| For a unique take on this dish, fry a thin omelette and cover your rice with it. This style of rice and presentation is known as the ‘Pattaya’ style.
Season to taste, then remove from heat. Add spring onions to garnish and mix. Serve with fried shallots.
A simple but hearty meal, the Indonesian Nasi Goreng is one of the most common Asian dishes. Be sure to tag us and share on Instagram your take on the Indonesian Nasi Goreng!