Saturday, October 26, 2013

It's dinner time. I'm hungry and only have less than 30 minutes to cook dinner. I have a lot of leftover steamed rice and it seems fried rice is a perfect choice. Fried rice or nasi goreng  is one of the most famous Indonesian dish and I think it is originally come from China. It is a dish of steamed rice stir-fried usually mixed with other ingredients, such as eggs, vegetables, and meat. It has many variation because basically it can be made using any kind of meat and vegetables with some spices. Even it can be made by using leftover ingredients from other dishes.

Indonesian fried rice usually has red or reddish brown color and use sweet soy sauce, chili pepper, tomato, shallot, and garlic as its spices. We usually call it Javanese fried rice. There is another kind of fried rice that's famous in Indonesia. The other one is white fried rice or most people name it Hongkong fried rice. We call it white because it is made without tomato and sweet soy sauce. I love both of them. My mother often made it for breakfast or dinner. Today actually I prefer to make Javanese fried rice. But too bad I have no tomato and chili pepper left on my kitchen. Well.. it's almost dinner time and I think I can make a simple fried rice using ingredients that i have. Don't get wrong. Even though it is just a simple fried rice, it is delicious and decent enough for dinner. Especially if it's served with fried shallot and szechuan chili. So, let's get started.

Ingredients (about 4 serving) :
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 (about 100 grams) carrot, roughly grated
  • 5 tbs green peas
  • 3 champignon mushroom, roughly chopped
  • 2 knackwurst, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 5 tbs vegetable oil
  • 600 grams room temperature steamed rice 
  • Salt and pepper
Tip : You can always use another kind of meat such as canned pork, smoked chicken, ham, char siu (chinese barbecue pork) or anything else

Preparation :
  1. Preheat the vegetable oil in a big pan 
  2. Add minced onion and minced garlic into the pan and saute them until they become aromatic and translucent. 
  3. Add grated carrot, green peas, and knackwurst and keep stirring.
  4. Add beaten egg into the pan.
  5. Add the steamed rice and stir the rice until all the ingredients are mixed.
  6. Add soy sauce and mix again.
  7. Adjust the taste with salt and pepper. 
Tip : You can use chicken or prawn as well. But add them after sauteing onion and garlic (after step 2) and make sure to cook them well before adding the vegetables and the rice.

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