Indonesian-style Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice)

In the early 80’s I was part of a Philippine cultural troupe that toured and performed in several Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia. In between rehearsals and performances, our hosts in Jakarta showed us the sights in the metropolis while letting us experience their exquisite local cuisine. Nasi Goreng instantly became the favorite of every member of our troupe so much so that every meal we had while in Indonesia included this fried rice delicacy.

“Nasi” means rice, and it is very interesting that in one of the Filipino dialects –Kapampangan – rice is called the exact same term.  After our trip to Indonesia, the only thing that came to my mind whenever someone speaking in Kapampangan mentioned rice was the Indonesian Nasi Goreng.


4 cups cooked long-grain rice (leftover rice is best)
1 cup chicken meat, cut into small strips
1 cup shrimp, shelled
2 eggs
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1/2 cup, leek, sliced
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp olive oil
2 green peppers, sliced
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 cucumber, sliced
1 large tomato, sliced


Beat the eggs and cook into an omelet. Slice into thin strips and set aside.
Heat the oil in a large wok
Add the garlic and cook until golden brown
Add onion, leek and green pepper and cook for about a minute
Add coriander and cumin
Stir in the chicken strips and prawns and cook for about a minute
Add the rice, soy sauce and egg strips, stirring the mixture and contine cooking it for 5 minutes
Remove from heat and serve on a platter
Garnish with fresh sliced cucumber and tomatoes

(Makes 4-6 servings)


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