Simple plain rice is stir-fried and transformed into a meal of its own by adding as many things as you want and with few ingredients that make it Indonesian Nasi Goreng.
You can’t mention Indonesian culinary without including Nasi Goreng. It is a super popular street food, home cook, you name it…everybody loves it. They are served as street food and also in restaurants. The variety of nasi goreng is countless too. I’ve made Nasi Goreng Pete (Stink Bean Fried Rice) before, which is one of my absolute favorites! My kids hate the smell, but husband and I love it!
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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NASI GORENG AND OTHER FRIED RICE ?
Nasi goreng in Indonesia is typically made with Indonesian sweet soy sauce (Kecap Manis) and more often than not, belacan (shrimp paste). In Indonesia, many dishes like rice and noodles are accompanied with crackers like in this case, prawn crackers. Bawang goreng (Crispy Fried Shallots) is inevitable when it comes to nasi goreng. In fact, bawang goreng is very commonly seen in many dishes as toppings. I always make sure my pantry is stocked with bawang goreng. Slices of fresh cucumber and tomatoes often accompanied nasi goreng too. Fried egg is another one that you will typically seen served with nasi goreng. Meat that is typically used is chicken, but really anything can be used, such as ham, luncheon meat, beef, turkey, or even seafood like shrimp. Sky is the limit!
Those are just the basic anatomy of typical Indonesia nasi goreng. Sometimes other spices like turmeric and galangal might go inside nasi goreng too. If you ask me, there’s no hard and fast rule of what goes in nasi goreng as long as it has the basic anatomy I mentioned earlier.
If I don’t put any chili in the nasi goreng when I cook it (because of my kids), then I like to eat it with this sambal kecap pedas. It’s not commonly served with nasi goreng, but I love it!
Any leftover meat is perfect to make a fried rice. I know most of us are going to have leftover turkey from Thanksgiving pretty soon, and so, don’t forget to try out nasi goreng with that leftover turkey 😉
Leftover Turkey Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice)
- 4 large eggs
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 tsp shrimp paste optional
- 3 shallots peeled and thinly sliced
- 4 cups cooked white rice it has to be at least room temperature or cold is fine too
- 2 cups leftover turkey meat shredded or diced
- 3 Tbsp Indonesian sweet soy sauce/ kecap manis
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- 3 -4 Thai chili optional
- 1/2 cup green peas thawed if frozen
- Salt to taste
Make the fried eggs to your preference. I like my yolk still runny and the edge is crispy
Preheat a wok or large pan. Melt the butter. Add shrimp paste (if using) and stir fry for about 1 minute. Add shallots and stir fry for 3 minutes. Add turkey meat and chili (if using). Stir to mix everything. Add the rice, kecap manis and soy sauce, continue to stir until all the rice grains pick up the brownish color from the kecap manis. Have a taste and season with a bit of salt to your taste if needed
Garnish with the chopped green onion, sprinkle with crispy shallots / bawang goreng. Top with fried eggs. Put few slices of cucumber and tomatoes and some prawn crackers. Serve immediately