Indonesian fried rice, also called nasi goreng, is maybe the most popular dish from Indonesia that is known outside the country. It is spicier, saltier, and is typically more aromatic than traditional Chinese fried rice. Some days I prefer easy to eat egg fried rice, and some days I want a spicy Indo fried rice. Fried rice is usually served with a fried egg on top (not shown here), and can be eaten at all times of the day, even for breakfast.
Indofood is an Indonesian company that is the Lee Kum Kee of Indonesia. Basically if there is a traditional spice, sauce, soup, ramen, or anything, then Indofood makes it. In this example, Indofood makes a very well known Indonesian fried rice paste (nasi goreng), that goes into the rice. It is super easy, super tasty, and super worth it. Don’t worry there is still plenty of cooking and prepping to call this actual cooking, as you have to prepare all the extras. And everyone knows extras are what make fried rice amazing. In Indonesian fried rice you add fried shallots, some bacon, garlic, and green onions.
Tips for cooking Indonesian fried rice
- Day old rice – This goes for all fried rice. Always, if you can, use day old fried rice.
- Adding bacon is not optional – I don’t know why you would skip the bacon, but don’t even try it in Indo fried rice. You actually need that bacon oil/fat to make this dish savory enough.
- Lime’s are optional – I do like the limes, but I don’t find them necessary, especially when cooking for kids. Sometimes the lime flavor will be a off putting to the kids.
What to eat with Indonesian fried rice
- Chicken satay – You can eat chicken satay with anything, but it goes super good with Indonesian fried rice.
- Flank steak – I really like the pairing of a sweet beef dish like flank steak and fried rice.
- Steamed broccoli – You are putting bacon in the fried rice, and anytime you are using bacon you can use broccoli. The concept is similar to bacon bits in stir fry broccoli, it just goes well together.
Indonesian Fried Rice Nasi Goreng
- Non-stick pan or Wok
- 1 packet Indofood Nasi Goreng paste
- 4 cups Rice
- 4 slices Bacon
- 4 Shallots
- 2 cloves Garlic
- 1 cup Frozen peas
- 3 Eggs
- 1 cup Green onions
- Get Ingredients
- Wash and cook 4 cups of rice. Fried rice always works best as day old if you have the time.
- Cut your bacon into 1/2 inch lengths before cooking.
- Peel and thinly slice the shallots
- Mince your garlic.
- Wash and dice your green onions.
Cooking the Fried Rice
- Fry the bacon pieces in a wok on medium-high heat until crisp
- Add shallots and garlic and continue to stir with the bacon for 2 minutes.
- Take out the sauted bacon, shallots and garlic, and set aside
- Add 2 tbs oil to the wok and saute the Indofood Fried rice paste for 2 minutes.
- Add the cooked rice , the bacon bits, shallots and garlic and slosh around to completely coat the rice with the paste. Make sure to smash the rice good so that you have it evenly cooked.
- Continue to cook for 5 minutes and take all out from the wok and put aside.
- Beat your eggs as if you were going to cook scrambled eggs. Then add 2 Tbs oil and pour the beaten eggs into the wok. I would have this on medium-low heat.
- Slosh around until the eggs look almost like a wet scrambled ( not quite cooked yet).
- Move the heat back to medium or medium-high and pour all of the ingredients back in making sure to mix with the scrambled eggs.
- Toss the frozen peas with the rest of the Fried rice and continue to stir for 5 more minutes.
- Garnish with the green onions onto the fried rice while in the wok, stir for 1 minute and you are done.
- Serve in a platter and sprinkle with fried shallots. In Indonesia, fried rice is usually served with lime squeeze and pickled cucumber and shallots and chilli sauce ( sambal).