Nasi Goreng

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Country of origin: Indonesia. Nasi Goreng translates simply as "Fried Rice", but this can be a really festive dish.

However, this is also a versatile dish and the protein content can vary according to what you have available. Serves 4 as a one-dish meal unless one of the four is a hungry teenager.

Exact quantities are not necessary, but try to keep a balance:

Obviously I had some red peppers and chick peas to hand when this was made.

Ingredients

2
free range organic eggs
60 ml
sunflower oil
1 medium to large
onion
1
clove garlic
generous 125 g
minced or finely sliced raw beef or lamb
225 g (dry weight)
FAIRTRADE brown basmati rice
15 ml
thick soy sauce
125 g
cooked prawns, shelled (can use frozen prawns from snoopermarket)
225 g peas
(if frozen soak in hot water for 2 minutes before use)
7.5 ml
chilli sauce (tabasco, optional)
small tin
pineapple slices

Method

Pre-cook the rice, drain, and allow to cool before use. This prevents sticking.

Beat the eggs in a small mixing bowl (with a fork) and heat half the oil in an omelette pan.

Pour in the eggs and allow to set into a pancake type omelette. Turn out and slice into 2 cm ribbons and set aside.

Top, tail, peel and chop the onions and the garlic.

In the same pan put in the rest of the oil and fry the onions and garlic until translucent.

Add the beef / chicken / ham and cook for 5 mins stirring occasionally.

Add the cooked rice and stir continuously until well heated.

Season with the soy sauce, add the prawns and peas, and the chilli sauce if used.

Turn the rice mixture out into a warm serving dish.

Decorate with the egg strips and top with a pineapple ring for each person

Allow to heat through.

Serve.

To serve

This meal will stay hot in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes whilst you sit down with the family or have a glass of (FAIRTRADE) wine with your guests.

A side salad of chopped lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber would appear in the local Malaysian restaurant.

Variation

1) I have had this in various restaurants and occasionally the egg strips are replaced by a fried egg (moist yolk).

2) Michael Barry recommends serving with a sweet tomato salad, but this is not necessary in my humble opinion.

3)125 gm Peter's preference: generous 4oz of Poached Chicken and / or generous 4 oz cooked ham.

4) Do use fresh FAIRTRADE Pineapple if you can find it.

N.B. the purists would say that the addition of fruit is a Caribbean twist, and not East Asian tradition. But Pineapple pieces are very popular at home.