Nasi Goreng is a flagship of Indonesian cuisine. It is to Indonesian food what burgers and fries to American food, or pork roast, sauerkraut and dumplings are to Czech food. There are as many varieties of Nasi Goreng as there are varieties of curries, chillies or goulashes.In Indonesian and Malay the name simply means fried pre-cooked rice. Westerners know fried rice from Chinese restaurants where it is served as a side dish. Nasi Goreng, however, is typically served as a main meal accompanied by deep-fried chicken, satays, vegetables and shrimp crackers, and topped with a fried egg.
As far as rice is concerned, Indonesian rice is grown mostly in the lowlands with plenty of heat and irrigation. Like in most of SE Asia, it belongs mainly to the Indica type. Its grains are long and tend to break easily. When cooked, the rice is fluffy and does not stick together the way Japonica rice does. Here is a recipe for Nasi Goreng Jawa (Javanese Fried Rice)
Last updated: October 12, 2010