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Indonesian fried rice

When I was in Bali, I had the best ‘nasi goreng’ ever! So I went back to Bali again and again :) After 3 times travelling to Bali and missing the fried rice I did several attempts to create the delicious nasi goreng I always bought in the local warung in Bali, but it just wasn’t right…I tried various premixed herbs, but they were all just not as good. Thank god, I found a recipe (it’s actually a mixture of different recipes) that comes very close to the lovely Warung nasi goreng! It’s actually quite easy, it’s healthy and it tastes soo good!

Ingredients (for 4 persons):

  • 250gr rice (I used brown rice, but you can also use white rice)
  • 350gr chicken breasts, small strips
  • couple of spring onions
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 5 eggs
  • shredded cabbage, tauge, leek, carrot (I used a a ready to cook vegetable mix packet of 450 gr :)
  • Red & yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 red chili pepper, chopped without the seeds
  • sambal oelek
  • ketjap manis (sweet soy sauce)


  1. Cook the rice as described. For the best result, cook the rice and let it cool down for about 1-2 hours before use. (I did it for about 30 minutes which worked as well, but for the very best result make the rice one day before).
  2. Heat some olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the garlic and 1/2 red onion and cook briefly.
  3. Add the chicken. As soon as the chicken turns white, add 1 egg (beaten) and mix it in.
  4. Once the egg is cooked, add the (cold) rice and heat it up. Add some salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Add 2 tbsp of ketjap manis and stir until it coats the rice.
  6. Add the fine shredded cabbage, tauge, leek, carrot, red & green pepper, red chilli pepper, white part of the spring onion (chopped) and mix it. Just cook the veggies for a couple of minutes.
  7. Add the sambal to taste (I used 1 tbsp) and mix it in. The fried rice is now ready!
  8. Press the fried rice in a small bowl, put your plate over the bowl and turn around to get a nice ‘scoop’ of fried rice.
  9. Fry an egg and place on top of the fried rice. This is the signature for Indonesian fried rice. You can season the fried egg with some salt and chilli powder. I garnished the dish with the green parts of spring onions, chopped.

Nasi goreng
You can serve this dish with some prawn crackers, fried onions and seroendeng (a mixture of roasted coconut flakes, peanuts and spices). Place the sambal and ketjap manis on the table as well if your guests want to spice it up a bit more.

Bon appetit!

Written by Lovely Dutchy

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