By: Aisah Wolfard
Nasi goreng, or fried rice, is perhaps Indonesia’s most favorite and well known dish. People eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a midnight snack, nasi goreng is always good! There are many different versions of nasi goreng, as it is not a puritan plate of haute cuisine, but more a tasty way of getting rid of leftovers and a growling tummy.
Traditionally, tukang nasi goreng (sellers) will pass by your house, carrying what is called a gerobak and call customers by drumming tek ..tek..tek to notify any hungry inhabitants that they are around.
As I find myself in the Netherlands now, it dawns on me how spoiled for choice we are in Indonesia when it comes to food. Sitting by the window in the Surabayastraat in Groningen, a student city in the north of Holland, there’s no tukang nasi goreng to be spotted…
But no time to feel sorry for myself now, it is time to cook nasi goreng a la bla bla. I will share my favorite nasi goreng recipe with you. Nasi goreng is typically made with leftover rice and other scraps you find laying around the house (tip: look inside your fridge to see what you have there…maybe some forgotten veggies, shrimps, leeks, chicken?)
Recipe Nasi Goreng a la Bla Bla:
For the spice paste:
1 tsp salt
3 red chilies (seeded)
For the fried rice:
300 g steamed or boiled rice (Best is leftover rice from the day before)
3 onions, trimmed, chopped
4 tsp soy sauce
For the Bla Bla:
2 eggs (whisk in a bowl with a pinch of salt)
4 tsp vegetable oil
Any kind of vegetable
50 g shrimp, or chicken, or sausage or anything else you find
Kerupuk (prawn crackers)
How to make Nasi Goreng a la Bla Bla:
1. For the spice paste, blend the shallots, salt and chilies together in a food processor, until smooth and well combined. Gradually add the vegetable oil, a teaspoon at a time, and blend until the mixture comes together as a smooth paste.
2. Heat one tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the eggs (do not forget to put salt in the egg mixture) and then stir it well until they scramble, put the egg mixture aside.
3. Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in the frying pan add the spice paste into the pan and after it starts smelling nice, add shrimps until they change color (dark pink). After that add the vegetables into the pan, stir well and finally add the rice. Spread the soy sauce all over the nasi goreng. Add stock as a replacement for sugar and salt , sprinkle a little bit of pepper on top. Stir the nasi goreng evenly and add the eggs.
To serve, spoon the Indonesian fried rice onto four serving plates. Garnish each plate with kerupuk, wedges of cucumber and tomatoes .