🍚 FRIED RICE 🍚
One of Indonesia’s best-known dishes and found throughout the archipelago, Nasi Goreng is prepared in countless ways, depending upon the availability of ingredients and the cook’s inclination. This is a basic version, which can be accompanied by a fried egg, fried chicken, satay and shrimp crackers (krupuk) for a substantial meal. If the fried rice is to be served without substantial accompaniments, you can add pieces of chicken, pork or shrimp, as well as a little shredded cabbage, to the rice during cooking 🥘
4 cups (650 g) cold cooked rice
2 tablespoons oil
1 egg, lightly beaten
5 shallots, peeled and sliced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
3 red chiles, sliced
1 teaspoon dried shrimp paste (tradition)-optional
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce
Sliced cucumber and sliced tomato to garnish
• • Stir the rice with a fork to separate the grains. Lightly grease a nonstick pan with a few drops of oil and fry the egg to make a thin omelet. Cool, then shred.
•Heat remaining oil in a wok and fry the shallots, garlic, chiles and shrimp paste until soft. (If using other ingredients such as shrimp and chicken, add now and stir fry until cooked.)
•Increase the heat to maximum and add the rice, salt and soy sauce, stirring constantly until well mixed and heated through. Serve garnished with the shredded omelet, cucumber and tomato. Accompany, if desired, with a fried egg, fried chicken, satay and krupuk.
• • Helpful hint: It is essential that the rice 🍚 is cold, otherwise the grains will be too soft and absorb the oil. In Asia, rice left overnight is preferred for any fried rice dish as it is throughout dry.
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