“Nasi Goreng” often considered as the national dish of Indonesia , is the spicy and tastier version of Asian fried rice . “Nasi” means rice and “goreng ” means stir fried . It is the stir fried rice , mainly with the leftover rice . The main difference between nasi goreng and other Asian fried rice is the generous use of the sweet soy sauce or kecap manis , sambal oelek and the shrimp paste in Nasi goreng . Don’t have all the ingredients in your pantry??? don’t worry , I’ll tell you the substitutes without compromising the real taste . 🙂
6 cups left over long grain rice ( preferably aromatic like Basmati)
1 lb Shredded Chicken or thinly sliced raw chicken
10/12 de-veined shrimps
2 beaten eggs
1 small onion , chopped
2 teaspoon ginger paste ( preferably Thai ginger root)
2 tea spoon garlic paste
2 tea spoon sambal oelek or 5/6 red chili paste with little garlic ,lemon juice, salt and sugar .
2 tbl spoon of sweet soy sauce or kecap manis ( substitute is given in the note)
1 tbl spoon of Fish sauce
1 tea spoon of oyster sauce
2 teaspoon of dried shrimp paste ( substitute is given in the note)
Chopped leek/ spring onions
Salt to taste
1. Beat the egg with little salt and make two thin omelets . Cut them into strips .
2. Marinate the chicken with sweet soy sauce and oyster sauce .
3. Heat oil and add ginger-garlic paste . Fry for a while . Add the chicken with the marinade , that is the sweet soy sauce and oyster sauce . Fry well until the color of the chicken is changed . Add the sambal oelek and shrimp paste . Fry . Add shrimps and chopped onion . add the rice , preferably left over , kept in fridge . Fry well on medium high heat . Add the fish sauce and incorporate well . Add little salt ( as the sauces contain enough sauce , add little by little). Mix with egg omelette strips. Finally add the chopped spring onion or leek .
4. Garnish with rolled egg omelette, pring onion , cucumber and serve . 🙂
1. If you don’t have sweet soy sauce , substitute it with 3 parts of light soy sauce with 1 tea spoon of brown sugar . More specifically , if you take three teaspoon of soy sauce , take 1 teaspoon of brown sugar . If you don’t have brown sugar either , substitute brown sugar with jaggery or akher gur . 😉
2. Don’t have sambal oelek?? don’t panic . Take 5/6 red chilis ( not the dried one, fresh red chili) , make a paste of these chilies with salt , lemon juice and little garlic paste . Adjust with little sugar .
3. There are people , who are allergic to dried fish . So if you don’t like dried fish, omit it . And if you do not have dried shrimp paste at home , if you have dried shrimp , fry the dried shrimp with few red chilies, dried or fresh with little oil and then blend . Don’t have dried shrimp?? Use Belachan or balachao for the substitution . 🙂