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One of the most popular dishes in Indonesia for sure is nasi goreng. When you walk into a local warung (eatery), chances are high that there’s nasi goreng on the menu. Literaly it means fried rice. Nasi = rice, goreng = fried. It’s also possible to make this dish with noodles instead of rice; Mie Goreng. In total I spent about 5 months in Indonesia and I can tell you that I’ve eaten a lot of nasi and mie goreng!

It’s a very simple recipe, but the result is very tasty. For this dish it’s best to use leftover rice from a previous evening. But of course it’s also possible to cook new rice. Then make sure the rice is not too wet, but a little dry for the best results.

Nasi Goren

Nasi Goreng Recipe

Ingredients (for 2 people)

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 0.5 chili pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 100 grams of peas
  • 100 grams of green beans
  • 200 grams of cooked rice
  • Oyster sauce
  • fish sauce
  • sesame oil
  • sweet soy sauce
  • salt
  • 2 eggs
  • fried onions


Start with cooking the rice if you haven’t done it already. Crush the cloves of garlic and chop the chili pepper and onion. Pour a good splash of (wok) oil in a wok pan over high heat. Add the garlic, chili and onion and continue to stir well to avoid burning.

Cut the green beans into small pieces and put them in the pan together with the peas. Add the cooked rice and stir well.

Next add the oyster sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil, soy sauce and salt to taste and stir. Keep tasting and add more if desired.

When the nasi goreng is well flavored, scoop it onto a plate. Fry two fried eggs in a frying pan and place one egg on each plate on top on the rice. Finally sprinkle some fried onions over the rice and your nasi goreng is ready!

Tip: Serve with prawn crackers and slices of cucumber.