One of the most common dishes in Indonesia is the Nasi Goreng, Fried Rice. It’s a simple dish that has become beloved by most around the world. Different adaptations have been made and this dish is just a basis, you can expand it. For example, if you like your Indonesian fried rice to be very spicy, than use our chili garlic sauce recipe.
This recipe is using cooked rice from yesterday. It’s important that it is already cooled off. So if you are cooking up some now, cool it down or leave it for the next day. Click here If you want to go to the video.
- Rice (cooled off, preferably form yesterday)
- Red onions
- Chili’s (optional)
- Soy sauce (kecap manis)
- Mushroom powder (optional)
- frying oil
For the quantity and measurement of ingredients, just use to your taste. There is no exact measurement to Nasi Goreng, as long as it is delicious for you.
Chef Rose from Indonesia made a similar variant using cashew nuts and some cucumbur for garnish. Check out that version of Vegetarian Nasi Goreng.
Preparation of the ingredients
Cut the tempeh in tiny pieces. The garlic and union can be a bit chunky. We’re cutting the tempeh in tiny pieces because after frying it will give a bit of a crunchy crisp texture to the dish.
If you want it a little bit spicy you can add some chili. If you are in the mood for something more spicier, you can use the chili sauce recipe. This will certainly give your Indonesian Fried Rice a special wow factor.
Everything fried in one big wok
We’ll be using one big wok. If you don’t have something like that make sure you got a pan where at least everything fits. There is a lot of stirring involved, if the pan is to small, you might spill a lot of the ingredients.
Order of frying is Tempeh first. Make it gold brown. stir it will so everything is well fried. Set it aside in the wok to make space for the next ingredient. A the union, garlic and chili. Fry it without moving the tempeh too much. This can be stirred into the mixture when the onion and garlic are fried. This prevents the tempeh from getting burned or overcooked.
It already looks very delicious and we’re about 3 minutes in. It’s time to add the rice, salt and mushroom powder. Of course do not forget to stir. Add soy sauce for more colour and taste.
Under 10 minutes, we got a filling and tasty meal. Indonesian Fried Rice is a must try if you have never eaten it before. The great thing is you can add and mix your own ingredients’ like mushrooms, vegetables. Some people like to add acar or pickles on the side for some acidity. Be creative and let your taste guide you in this recipe
Result Indonesian Fried Rice, Nasi Goreng
Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice) for Vegetarians
- 1 wok
- 4 cups cooked rice cooled off or from yesterday
- 25 gr red onions
- 5 cloves garlic
- 1 tempeh
- 3 piece chili optional
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp mushroom powder optional
- 5 tbsp frying oil
- Cut all the ingredients: garlic, onion, tempeh and chili
- Heat and oil the wok pan
- Fry first the tempeh
- Fry second a mixture of garlic onion and chili
- Add soy sauce and stir it in the ingredients
- Add rice and stir this
- Add salt and mushroom powder and stir well
- Indonesian fried rice is ready to be served