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Easy Indonesian Fried Rice (Bumbu Nasi Goreng)

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“I bought a jar of Kokita brand Nasi Goreng seasoning at the Uwajimaya store in Seattle and it made the best fried rice I had ever eaten. After scraping the last bits from the side of the jar, I didn't want to make the hour drive just for more (although it was tempting), so I improvised based on the ingredients. If you can find it, I highly suggest buying the pre-made product as it makes preparation very simple. After eating Indonesian fried rice I haven't been able to go back to making the more popular Chinese version. What makes this different than Chinese rice is the prominence of chili rather than soy sauce. Shallots, smaller and milder than the onion, are a pleasant addition. I like to add a lot of chili and use fish sauce as the source of saltiness. Many recipes call for shrimp paste, I haven't tried it and think it's just fine without since the fish sauce adds a seafood taste. There are other posted recipes for this dish, but this one is simpler and the eggs can be cooked right in with the rice. This is also great as a vegetarian (even vegan) dish, just omit the shrimp and use fried tofu instead of egg and use soy instead of fish sauce. Warning: this may be spicy for those with more delicate palates.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 -4 cups cooked rice, cooled (any kind, I like Jasmine)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil (preferred) or 3 tablespoons other vegetable oil
  • 1 -2 tablespoon sambal bajak (chili relish) or 1 -2 tablespoon other se Asian chili sauce or 1 -2 tablespoon chili paste, i imagine sriracha would work alright.
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 shallots, chopped
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 12 tablespoons fish sauce or 1 12 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 12 lb peeled raw shrimp (optional)


  1. Pre-heat a wok or large skillet over medium heat, add the oil and, once heated, add the garlic, shallots, chili relish and (if using them) shrimp; Cook the shrimp until pink on one side, flip once and pull them out when done (3-5 minutes total).
  2. Once the shallots start to become soft add rice, eliminating any clumps, stir frequently for about three minutes.
  3. Make a small hole in the center of the rice, pour in the eggs and scramble, incorporating them into the rice gradually as you stir.
  4. Drizzle in soy or fish sauce, stirring to ensure even dissipation; More sauce or salt may be added at this point to taste; Rice should be thoroughly heated through.
  5. Top with cooked shrimp; traditionally this is served with fresh cucumber and tomatoes.
  6. Extras: (sorry for the semi-colons instead of periods, recipezaar's auto format makes each sentence into a seperate step-- something I did not want) It may not be traditional, but I like to add broccoli, deep fried tofu (available at Asian markets and many grocery stores, try to get small cubes), frozen peas and green onion to my rice; If you choose to do so, cut broccoli and fried tofu into small pieces; Add approximately 2/3 cup each of broccoli and peas at the same time you add the garlic, etc and stir fry.
  7. If the vegetables have absorbed a lot of the oil, more may be necessary before adding rice; Add 2/3 cup fried tofu and sliced green onion with the rice; If you do this it might be easier to cook shrimp separately or leave them in the pan rather than removing (if you aren't picky about done-ness); In fact, any number of vegetables and/or meats may be added; For raw meat, cut into small pieces and add in step 1, after it's cooked proceed to 2, if cooked add it at the end; For added spice (I know these additions are getting exhaustive) add diced chili pepper at step 1.

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