Embark on a culinary journey to Indonesia with this flavorful recipe for Nasi Goreng. As one of the most beloved dishes in Indonesian cuisine, Nasi Goreng is a fragrant and satisfying fried rice dish that will transport your taste buds to the vibrant streets of Indonesia. Made with a combination of aromatic spices, tender meats or shrimp, and fresh vegetables, this dish offers a symphony of flavors that will leave you craving for more.
- 3 cups cooked rice (preferably leftover and cold)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 8 ounces chicken breast or shrimp, cooked and diced
- 1 cup mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, bell peppers), diced
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce (kecap manis)
- 1 teaspoon shrimp paste (terasi), optional
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Sliced cucumber and tomatoes, for garnish
- Fried shallots, for garnish
- Sliced red chili peppers, for garnish
- Lime wedges, for serving
- Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.
- Add minced garlic and chopped onion, and sauté until fragrant and golden.
- Push the garlic and onion to one side of the pan and pour the beaten eggs into the other side. Scramble the eggs until they are fully cooked.
- Add diced chicken breast or shrimp to the pan and cook until they are heated through.
- Add the diced vegetables to the pan and stir-fry for a few minutes until they are tender.
- Add the cold cooked rice to the pan, breaking up any clumps with a spatula or fork.
- Drizzle soy sauce and sweet soy sauce over the rice. Add shrimp paste (if using) for additional flavor.
- Stir-fry everything together, ensuring that the rice is well coated with the sauces and evenly mixed with the other ingredients.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Remove from heat and garnish with sliced cucumber, tomatoes, fried shallots, and sliced red chili peppers.
- Serve hot with lime wedges on the side.