Indonesian Fried Rice – Nasi Goreng
Recipe From: The Daring Gourmet
Believe it or not, in Indonesia Nasi Goreng is a breakfast food! That’s right, this spicy chicken and shrimp fried rice is traditionally served at home, by street vendors, in restaurants and in hotels for breakfast. Nasi Goreng is also a popular dish in the Netherlands through its colonial ties with Indonesia.
What makes Nasi Goreng unique from other fried rice dishes is its use of Ketjap Manis, a sweet Indonesian soy sauce. Ketjap Manis can be purchased in most Asian stores, but I’ve provided a recipe for it so you can make it yourself!
1½ cups long-grain white rice
3 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
2 cups shallots or onions, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb skinless boneless chicken breast, cut into ½-inch pieces
1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2-3 fresh hot red chiles, use or discard seeds according to desired hotness
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup chicken broth
3-4 tablespoons ketjap manis (Indonesian Sweet Soy Sauce, see recipe below)
1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce
4 green onions, sliced
4 fried eggs to serve with the rice (optional)
Ketjap Manis (Indonesian Sweet Soy Sauce):
¼ cup dark brown sugar, packed
¼ cup water
¼ cup soy sauce
1 tbs dark molasses
¼ tsp grated fresh ginger
⅛ tsp black pepper, freshly ground
Bring the rice and chicken broth to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for 15 minutes or until the rice is done and the moisture is absorbed. Fluff the rice with a fork and spread the rice out on a baking sheet. Let it cool and then transfer it to the refrigerator to sit overnight, uncovered. The next day, break up the rice with your fingers to separate the grains.
Heat the oil in wok or heavy skillet over high heat until hot. Add the onions and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the garlic and stir-fry for another 30 seconds. Add chicken and stir-fry until cooked, about 3-4 minutes. Add the shrimp, red chiles, and salt and stir-fry for another 3 minutes, or until shrimp are cooked. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp or they will be tough. Add the cold rice, ¼ cup chicken broth, 3 tablespoons of ketjap manis, and fish sauce. Continue to toss until the rice is heated through. Add more ketjap manis according to to taste. Add the green onions and toss to combine. Serve immediately with a fried egg placed on top of each serving (optional).
To make the Ketjap Manis:
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar and water and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Increase to a rapid boil and boil until the sauce reaches a temperature on a candy thermometer of 200 degrees F, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for another 2 minutes. Makes about 1 cup and will keep in the refrigerator Yields approximately 1 cup. Will keep in the refrigerator for at least a month.