In the late 40's, my grandfather served in the military in the Dutch East Indies. He very much enjoyed the local cuisine and after he returned home and my grandparents got married, my grandmother would often make Indonesian dishes like this Nasi Goreng (Indonesian fried rice). If my grandmother would leave the stove unattended, my grandfather and the kids would sneak into the kitchen and steal bites from the pan, impatient to wait for dinner :-)
I made a vegan version of this family favourite.
What you need (1 large pan, approx. 5-6 servings):
500g white rice
175g faux chicken pieces, diced
2-4 tsp sambal oelek (chili paste), according to taste
3 onions, diced
1 garlic clove, minced (or 1 tsp garlic paste)
1 tsp vegetable stock powder
4 tsp salt
1 tsp ketoembar (ground koriander)
1 tsp djinten (ground cumin)
Boil the rice. Heat some oil in a large pan and sauté the onion, garlic, sambal oelek, salt, soc powcer, ketoembar and djinten until nicely browned. Add the diced 'chicken' and cook a few more minutes. Add the cooked rice and mix well. Turn off the heat, cover ad let it sit for approx. 10 minutes, giving the flavours a chance to mix. Serve as is or as a side dish with other Indonesian dishes such as tempeh pangang or 'chicken' satay.
- serve with peanut sauce.
- serve with atjar (Indonesian pickled vegetables).
- sprinkle fried onions or chopped, roasted peanuts on top.