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Nasi goreng – A national dish to celebrate any occasion


Nasi goreng, or literally “fried rice” in Indonesian and Malay, is the Indonesian take on a popular Asian dish. Its preparation, ingredients and flavours are unique enough for it to be considered one of Indonesia’s national dishes. It can be found anywhere in the country, from roadside stalls to restaurants.

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Nasi Goreng is often topped with a fried egg and accompanied by crackers, acar (pickled vegetables) and satay.

It’s easy to fry up nasi goreng at home, and with Indonesia celebrating Independence Day on 17 August, there’s no better time to put this well-loved dish on the table at dinner parties.


The main ingredients

There is no set recipe for nasi goreng – part of the beauty of this dish is how easily different ingredients can be incorporated.


The basic nasi goreng dish usually consists of leftover rice, kecap manis (sweet soy sauce), shallot, garlic, tamarind and chilli, with chicken and/or prawns fried in a small amount of cooking oil or margarine.  It is then topped with a fried egg and garnished with cucumber and tomato slices.


The use of kecap manis is one of nasi goreng’s distinguishing features, giving the rice a golden brownish colour and mildly sweet flavour. In other parts of Indonesia, tomato or chili sauce is used instead, creating a reddish fried rice dish.


Traditionally a breakfast dish, nasi goreng is made from leftover rice from the night before. Do not use freshly cooked rice as it will become mushy when fried.

The Electrolux Maxiflame hob can match those found in professional kitchen, giving dishes like nasi goreng an extra kick.

For a more authentic flavour, use a wok to fry the rice on a cooking hob like the Electrolux Maxiflame.  Its specially designed triple ring wok burner delivers heat efficiently to give your stir fries that signature smoky flavour usually only found in dishes from popular street stalls and restaurants.



There are many alternative takes on the basic nasi goreng dish. Some utilise salted fish or teri Medan (Medan anchovies). Others use different ingredients like nasi goreng kambing (with mutton), nasi goreng petai (with stinky green beans) and nasi goreng jamur (with mushrooms).


Instead of kecap manis, tomato or chili sauce, other variants might use oyster sauce, red Chinese cooking wine, fish sauce and kecap inggris, or Worcestershire sauce.



Other than a fried egg, nasi goreng is often served with bawang goreng, or fried shallots, sprinkled on top. It can also be accompanied by keropok, or crackers.  Acar, or pickled vegetables are popular along with sambal, a type of chili sauce.

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