Nasi Goreng or fried rice is a staple dish in Indonesia and most other Asian countries because you can make it as simple or as complicated as you like and most of the ingredients are leftovers. If you have day old rice sitting around, don’t throw it away – make nasi goreng instead! If you don’t have any rice already made you can cook rice for nasi goreng but you probably won’t notice the difference in taste between rice from earlier that morning and fresh cooked rice.
The following ingredient list can be altered in many ways to suit your taste. Notice that there are no measurements as it will all depend on taste and what you can handle. Start with a little bit and stir, tasting constantly before adding more.
- Cooked rice (enough for however many portions you will make)
- Chicken / Beef / Pork (any kind of meat, chopped thin will do)
- Mixed vegetables (green vegetables and carrots work best)
- Salt and Pepper
- Sweet soy sauce
- Chili sauce
- Chop up the garlic, onions and chilies into tiny little pieces. I like to use chili, onion and garlic in that order from most to least. Your taste buds may prefer a different combination however.
- If your meat is already cooked then you can afford to leave the pieces a bit larger and thicker. If the meat is raw then slice the pieces up very small and thin.
- Cut your vegetables into small pieces, this will help cook them all the way through until soft.
- Coat the frying pan with a thin layer of oil. Make sure not to use too much, this is a stir fried dish and not a deep fried one.
- Add your chopped up garlic, onions and chilies and let them simmer. Stir a bit and back away because the smell will be strong and can create a funny sensation in your nostrils.
- Add the rice and start stirring it around in the pan. You will need to keep the rice moving around to keep everything cooking evenly.
- Add your meat evenly and stir it in with the rice.
- Add your vegetables in the same manner as the meat, allowing them to mix evenly with the rice.
- Cook while stirring for another 5 minutes.
- When you can see that the vegetables and meat are almost fully cooked, add in the sweet soy sauce, chili sauce as well as the salt and pepper to taste.
- Spend a few minutes getting everything stirred around really well until the rice looks to be the same color on every grain. Usually the rice will come out light brown or light red depending on your ratio of soy sauce to chili sauce.
- Serve and enjoy!
While this is one of the the most basic recipes for nasi goreng (you could even leave out the vegetables and the meat), you could make it with just about anything in your kitchen. Experiment and see what combination works best for you. Everyone has a favorite type of nasi goreng!
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