Nasi Goreng

Quick and Easy Dinner :)
Quick and Easy Dinner 🙂

Serves 4

Broad beans, snow peas, baby spinach and Swiss chard have filled the beds in our garden recently. These veggies are at their best when fresh. The natural sugars in the beans and peas began to diminish immediately after they are picked. To get the most from your veggies it’s best to consume them soon and with minimal cooking. Considering the crazy heat we’ve had in Sydney, spending less time behind the stove isn’t something to complain about. I made this number the other night using up some leftover boiled rice. It’s my take on the Indonesian Nasi Goreng or Fried Rice.


  • 2tbsp sunflower oil
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 cm piece ginger, minced
  • 2 carrots, sliced into 2cm strips
  • 100g snow peas, trimmed
  • 100g button mushrooms, sliced
  • 400g cooked jasmine rice (or basmati or any other white rice)
  • 2 tbsp kecap manis (see Brendon’s tips)
  • 2tsp soy sauce
  • 2tsp hot chili sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 small lemon, juiced
  • 1tsp sesame oil



Heat 1tbsp of the oil in a large wok or frying pan over a medium-high heat. Just as it starts to sizzle, add the beaten eggs, tilting the pan so that the egg coats the surface. You’re basically making an omelet that will be stirred through the rice later. Once golden brown on one side, flip over and fry on the other. Remove from the pan and slice into thin strips. Reserve.

Add in the garlic, ginger and vegetables and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Throw in the rice and sauces and stir fry for 3-5 minutes or until the rice has browned and the vegetables have cooked.

Return the omelet to the pan with lemon juice and sesame oil and give the whole dish one final toss to mix. Serve.

Brendon’s Tips: Kecap manis is a dark, syrupy soy sauce used in Indonesian cooking. Find it in Asian grocery stores and most supermarkets You can pretty much use whatever veggies you like in this recipe. Got any suggestions? Post them in the comments below.


Happy Cooking and Keep Smiling,

Brendon 🙂


5 Comments Add yours

  1. LOVE nasi goreng (and mee goreng). So simple and delicious. Kecap manis is easy to make, and keeps well. Recipe on my blog somewhere. But it is probably easiest – and cheap for you – to just buy it though 😀


    1. Thanks for the comment Kellie. Me too, it’s a great weeknight dinner. Oh cool, I’m totally going to check out the recipe. Cheers for the heads up 🙂


  2. I forgot to mention but in most asian grocery stores they sell packets of fried shallots or onions. They taste great on top 🙂


  3. I Loved eating Nasi Goreng when travelling in Indonesia, thanks for sharing this recipe!!


    1. No worries Teresa, I love the complexity of the flavours. And you feel so healthy afterwards with all the veggies 🙂


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