Sunday, June 5, 2011

Nasi Goreng



This past week has been one of bad weather. I don’t usually dislike the rain- infact, I slightly enjoy splashing and I love the sound of rain pitter-pattering on my umbrella, or on the roof of our house as I’m snuggling into my warm, comfy bed.

But let’s just say that dark gloomy skies and sudden bursts of rain just don't go well with a long, boring day at uni. Especially when you’ve stayed up very late studying for a test the next morning and are so tired you could fall asleep straight away. And when you’ve got two very blocked noses which stubbornly refuse to let any air in no matter how much sniffing you do (here’s an interesting fact for you- trying to fall asleep whilst only breathing with your mouth is, well, close to impossible).

To be honest, I'd much rather stay in bed until the sun comes out again.



This is not to say that the past week has been a terribly depressing one for me. Infact, it's been quite a good week, especially after visiting UNSW for the first time to visit my friends, who I haven't seen for ages- and deciding that I like my uni better ;) And I got back two assignments which I was sure I'd failed but didn't end up doing too bad in. It's a shame they didn't count more- it means I still have to study for the end of semester exams :)

So in the spirit of all things bright and happy, here's a nasi goreng (indonesian fried rice) I attempted to make. I love nasi goreng not just because of the deliciously flavoursome fried rice which is so different to the chinese style fried rice, but also because of the bright, sunny-side-up egg on top, which I break into the steaming hot rice to let it cook further. I guess I was feeling a little too ambitious when I was making this and started adding lots of strange ingredients, which I won't tell you about. Otherwise I might sound like a complete idiot.

But hey- it didn't taste too bad!

Below is the original recipe which I had intended to follow.....
Nasi Goreng
Recipe from this cookbook

2 eggs
30ml/2tbsp water
105ml/7tbsp oil
225g pork or beef fillet
114g peeled cooked prawns
175-225g cooked chicken, finely chopped
2 fresh red chillis, halved and seeded
1cm cube shrimp paste
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 onion, roughly chopped
675g/6 cups cold cooked long grain rice
30ml/2 tbsp dark soy sauce

1. Put the eggs in a bowl and beat in the water, with salt and peper to taste. Using a non-stick frying pan, make two or three omlettes, using as little oil as possible for greasing. Roll up each omlette and cut in strips when cold. Set aside. Place the strips of pork or beed in a bowl. Put the prawns and chopped chicken in separate bowls. Shred one of the chillies and reserve it.
2. Put the shrimp paste in a food processor. Add the ramining chilli, the garlic and the onion. Process to a fine paste. Alternatively, pound the mixture in a mortar, using a pestle.
3. Heat the remaining oil in a wok and fry the paste, without browning, until it gives off a rich, spicy aroma. Add the pork or beef and toss over the heat to seal in the juices, then cook for 2 minutes more, stirring constantly.
4. Add the prawns, and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Finally stir in the chicken, cold rice, dark soy sauce or ketchup and seasoning to taste. Reheat the rice fully, stirring all the time to keep the rice light and fluffy and prevent it from sticking to the base of the pan.
5. Spoon into indiviudal dishes and arrange the omlette strips and reserved chilli on top. Garnish with the deep-fried onions and coriander sprigs.

34 comments:

Min said...

I love rainy days when I can stay in my bed with a book in my hands. Your nasi goreng looks good with sunny-side-up egg, I like this dish also, simple and yummy!

Quay Po Cooks said...

Give me this plate of delicious looking nasi goreng anytime. I will have no problem have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Vivienne said...

even though ive had dinner - im still salivating over this dish...esp with the soft oozing yolk too!!

hope u feel better soon! and hope u get to stay in bed until the sun comes out! hehe.

hehe i did my undergrad at unsw and masters at usyd...and i still gotta say i like unsw more :P

lynne said...

I have to agree with you. Usually I love the rain, but after a while I just want it to be sunny again! Yum, I've never heard of this, but it looks delicious.

Cooking Gallery said...

I LOVE nasi goreng too....:)!! You should try adding some fishcakes too (and even petai beans), the fried rice would taste even better ;) *drooll*!!

Kristy Sayer said...

Ahh, I hate cold gloomy weather and lately there has been SO much of it. Bring back summer, I say!
I should make this for my mum! Lately she's been on a nasi goreng kick :P She keeps talking about it but only made it once - maybe i'll surprise her by making it :P

grub said...

i am actually enjoying the cold weather. hehe im curious about the extra ingredients :P

muppy said...

Oh no i hope your nose starts working again soon.... this looks very tasty! and i can see corn and peas (very respectable ingredients....)

OohLookBel said...

Nothing worse than a rainy day at uni - except a rainy day at UTS in all its concrete monotony (that's where I went). I love nasi goreng with a fried egg and your version is just the thing to brighten things up.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

always love nasi goreng! the perfect comfort food! it doesn't matter what you put in ;)

MissPiggy said...

Great money shot of the egg about to ooze all over the rice - looks pretty tasty!

Ladybird said...

Lovely photos, Von!

marla said...

OMG.....I love that oozy egg on top!

Pam said...

That looks so delicious - they egg looks perfect.

tigerfish said...

Look at that egg! Nice addition to the Nasi Goreng.

Juliana said...

Yummie, I love the egg on the dish...sorry about how you feel about the rain...hope you have a better week :-)

Julie said...

What a perfect egg! The dish looks beautiful. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

shaz said...

Ha ha, kindred spirits! I love nasi goreng exactly for that reason. The egg on top. I feel very cheated if I order nasi goreng and there's no oozy yolk, or if the egg is overcooked. What's the point then? Your egg is just perfect, and so sunny. I've had it withe the rain too, glad the sun's out :)

Zoe said...

Since young living in Singapore, nasi goreng is always easily available everywhere. Now, I think a plate of home-cooked nasi goreng is like a delicacy. Yours looks so yummy.

Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy said...

Oh wow. That egg yolk is making my mouth water!

sugarpuffi said...

omg...look at that oozy yolk! so sexy

Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! said...

I LOVE peas and corn in my fried rice ;)
The yolk looks like a ray of sunshine, perfect for grey gloomy days =)

Coraine said...

OOoooooo the yolk is fallingggggg...it must be very runny!!! making me hungry once again!

sweetlife said...

the egg screams sunshine, hope your gloomy days fade, tasty plate..thanks for sharing

sweeltife

Maria said...

Nice one! I've never tried making this dish myself, your version looks so tasty!

grace said...

there are definitely days when i'd rather just not get up at all, but i can't remember a time when i've stayed in bed past 6 am. sigh. :)
great dish--anything and everything is better with a sunny-side-up egg on top!

sensiblecooking said...

Von first of all you are my kitchen hero. I love love love Nasi Goreng. When I was in london, there was this small restaurant which served the best Nasi Goreng I have ever had. Since moving to US I miss it. Thank you for the recipe.

Helen (Grab Your Fork) said...

A fried egg makes everything better for sure! lol. Looks delicious!

MaryMoh said...

Mmmm....my all time favourite. Nothing is more comforting than a good plat of nasi goreng...more so with a soft egg on top. Just makes me smile :D

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

I love Nasi Goreng too. This is possibly the most ordered room service dish for me when I travel.

sensiblecooking said...

I tried you nasi goreng over the weekend and let me tell ya it was gooooooood. Will be making it soon again.

Anonymous said...

omg yummmy!!!!

Julia @Mélanger said...

Hmmmm, so odd. I feel like I've seen this post already, but there's no comment from me, so it couldn't be, right?

Maybe I've been secretly dreaming of nasi goreng, and surprise surprise, here is a recipe for me? Wouldn't that be funny?

Looks fantastic. Wish I had these delicious distractions at uni. Oh wait, I did! ;)

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