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Nasi Goreng

Posted by Marie on Sep 21, 2014

In every part of the world where rice is a staple food, one finds a recipe for fried rice.  This version from Indonesian is a favourite of mine.  Leftover rice is stir-fried with a sweet and mildly spicy chilli sauce, creating a richly flavoured dish that's incredibly delicious.  The addition of the egg makes it a complete meal.

2 Tbsp (30 ml) kecap manis (sweet Indonesian soy sauce)
1 Tbsp (15 ml) water
2 tsp (10 ml) brown sugar
1 medium shallot
2 cloves garlic
2 Fresno chillies, stemmed & seeded
1/4 cup (60 ml) vegetable oil
4 fried eggs, cooked as you like them
4 cups (960 ml) cooked white rice
Salt to taste
Cucumber wedges

001Mix together the kecap manis, water and sugar in a small bowl, stir until sugar is dissolved, set aside.

Place the shallots, garlic and chillies onto your cutting board.  Chop coarsely, then I switch to my mezzaluna and chop until all is finely diced.  You could throw this into your food processor instead to same some time.

Heat the oil in a 12″ skillet over medium heat.  Add the shallot mixture and sauté, stirring, until tender and fragrant, about 3 minute.  Add the rice, breaking up any clumps, and cook, tossing with your spoon, until heated through, about 3 minutes.

Add the kecap manis mixture and cook, again tossing with your spoon, until evenly combined and hot, about 1 minute longer.  Season with salt and divide among serving plates; place an egg on top of each portion; serve with cucumber wedges.

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