Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice)

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In every part of the world where rice is a staple food, one finds fried rice: the leftovers of the previous night’s meal transformed. Of the many we’ve tasted, from those of China to Southeast Asia, our favorite is this Indonesian version—a simple breakfast dish, not at all like the too-much-of-a-good-thing fried rice so common in the United States, with its confetti of chopped ham and peas. For nasi goreng, leftover rice is stir-fried with a seasoning paste made from chiles, shrimp paste, and palm sugar, yielding a richly flavored dish that’s ridiculously delicious. With a fried egg on top, it becomes a meal.


1 tsp. dried shrimp paste
1 tbsp. dark brown sugar
2 shallots, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 red Holland chiles, stemmed, seeded, and roughly chopped
¼ cup peanut oil
4 eggs
Kosher salt, to taste
5 cups cooked white rice
4½ tsp. kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
2 small cucumbers, halved lengthwise, sliced crosswise diagonally, for serving [...] read more