Frugal Indonesian food: Nasi Goreng

We love Indonesian food: it is complex with flavors and spicy. Even my children experiment with the hot condiment sambal. When I grew up we ate a lot of Indonesian food. My uncle, who was a cook in the army is from Indonesia, my parents had Indonesian friends which whom they cooked Indonesian every couple of weeks.

Indonesian food is easy to make and not expensive at all. You do need some specific herbs and spices which perhaps aren’t readily available. I shop two times per year for my Indonesian herbs, spices and condiments. I put the fresh herbs in the freezer and can use them in my recipes.

Whenever I cook rice, I always make sure I cook some extra so I can make Nasi Goreng. There are a lot of ways to make Nasi Goreng but this is the easiest and quickest way to make it.

Cooked rice for 4 persons
2 onions, minced
1 garlic glove, minced
2 tablespoons oil
250 grams of leftover meat (hamburger meat, chicken, beef in cubes, you can even use ham in cubes)
2 teaspoons of sambal oelek (a chili paste which you can buy at Chinese or Asian stores)
fried eggs, cut into stripes (optional)

Fry the onion until glazed and add the minced garlic. in the hot oil. I use a cast iron wajang pan (wok). Add the sambal and the meat until brown. Add the rice and heat the dish while stirring constantly so it will not stick. Before serving you can add the fried eggs.

This is just a basic recipe, you can add leftover vegetables (like peas or thinly sliced cabbage) and fish (like shrimps or white fish), just what you want to use in the dish. Try to experiment and have a different Nasi Goreng every time.

Selamat makan!