I was in the Thai food shop on Albert Road one day when this lady asked the shopkeeper whether she has any packet spice for nasi goreng. The shopkeeper and her mother broke out into a conference in Thai, the upshot being that they had no idea what nasi goreng was.
Nasi goreng is not a Thai dish and that was partly why the shopkeeper had no idea. It is an Indonesian dish and it is so easy to make that I wanted to teach the lady there and then how to cook it.
A few weeks have passed by and I'm still thinking about this poor woman looking for the nasi goreng. Here's the recipe and if you heard of anyone mentioning this recipe, point her or him to this blog!
Nasi Goreng (Indonesian for fried rice)
A bowl of cooked rice
1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
1 tablespoon soy sauce
a handful of peas, fresh, frozen or tinned
some diced carrots
some sliced shallots
1 clove of garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
If you have a wok, it's great, if not a wide based frying pan is fine to do this.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil and fry the shallots and garlic, add the carrots and peas and stir fry until cooked (around 5-7 minutes). Then add the rice, soy sauce and tomato ketchup and mix well. Stir fry and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
Remove the rice, and heat another tablespoon of oil and fry the egg. Add on top of the rice and serve.
You can also add prawns or chicken pieces to the dish.
If you have some prawn crackers, they are the perfect accompaniment to the fried rice. Make sure you also add a dollop of chilli sauce on the side for lip-smacking spiciness.