Nasi Goreng

from What’s Written on the Tongue

Nasi Goreng is a traditional Indonesian fried rice dish that’s considered a comfort food in southeast Asia. The egg on top is the “icing on the cake”! Many people add a protein if using this recipe for a main dish – shrimp, chicken, pork all work well as does tofu. Easy and adaptable!


1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil

¼ cup (60 mL) satay or soy sauce

1 1/2 tbsp (25 mL) sambal

4 eggs

2 cups (500 mL) prepared leftover rice

1 cup (250 mL) sliced green onion (1 bunch)

¼ cup (60 mL) crispy onions


Heat oil in a wok or pan over high heat. Add satay sauce and sambal. Stir for about 10 seconds. Add protein if using and cook until heated through.

Add two of the eggs and stir fry.

Add rice and fry until evenly incorporated. Set aside and keep warm while frying remaining eggs, sunny side up.

Divide rice onto two plates and top with fried eggs. Garnish with green onions and crispy onions.

Serves 2

Nada’s Tips & Tricks: If you can find kecap manis, add it to the sauce mixture. I’ve also used soy sauce instead of satay sauce. Whenever I make rice, I try to double the recipe and use the leftover rice for this dish the following evening. You can adjust this recipe with different sauces and proteins. Grocery stores sell packets of crispy onions – love them on top of salads and gives this dish a needed crunch.

A plate of food with a fried egg on top

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