Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng simply means fried rice in Indonesian and could refer to any number of dishes. This recipe is a popular one and for a good reason, as it is easy to make and delicious.

Serves 4


  • 300g brown long grain rice
  • 4 tablespoons of peanut oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into small chunks
  • 300g raw prawns
  • 1 carrot, cut julienne
  • 1/2 small cucumber, cut julienne
  • 1/4 small Chinese cabbage, cut julienne
  • Service:
  • 4 fried eggs
  • Sliced spring onion, fresh chilli, sesame seeds
  • Chopped coriander

Sauce ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of shrimp paste
  • 3 tablespoons of kecap manis (Indonesian sweetened and aromatic soya sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet chilli sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon of sambal oelek (this a hot sauce or paste is predominately made from chilies and often with otheringreditns like shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, onion, sugar and some form of acidity, like citrus or vinegar)


Place the rice in a saucepan with 650ml water and a large pinch of salt and bring to a boil
Simmer for 30-40 minutes until cooked al dente
Drain, spread on a tray to cool down as soon as possible and place int the fridge for a couple of hours
Throughly combine the sauce ingredients
Heat the oil in a large pan and add the garlic and cook for 1 minute
Add the chicken
Brown the meat all over, add the prawn
As soon as thee starting to colour, add the rice
Fry for a couple of minutes and add the sauce ingredients
When the meat is nearly cooked through and the rice is piping hot, stir the vegetables through
Give them another minute for them to soften and check the chicken and prawns are cooked through
Serve topped with the fried egg, spring onions, chilli, seeds and coriander