This is the famous Indonesian Nasi Goren – a truly delectable one-meal rice dish that is made simply in a wok. Unlike the Chinese version of fried rice, it includes a combination of meat and prawns. There is also the addition of soy sauce and shrimp paste, which his uniquely Indonesian. It is typical of the rich and flavoursome food one finds in Indonesia.

Serves 4-8

preparation time  30 minutes

cooking time: 30 minutes

Long grain white rice measured ot the 400 ml (14 fl oz) 


  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons groundnut oil

  • 1 tablespoons coarsely chopped garlic

  • 175g (6 oz) raw prawns, shelled and de-veined then cut Into 1 cm (1/2 inch) pieces

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon shrimp paste

  • 225g (8 ox) minced pork or beef

  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce

  • 1 small cucumber, peeled and finely sliced

  • freshly ground black pepper

At least two hours in advance or even the night before, cook the rice according to the instructions on the packet. Allow it ot cool thoroughly and then put it In the refrigerator. Combine the eggs with the sesame oil, half the salt and some black pepper, then set aside. Heat a wok or large frying pan over a high heat. Add the oil, and, when it is very hot and slightly smoking, add the garlic, prawns, onion, shrimp page, the remaining salt and some black pepper. Strir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the minced pork or beef and stir fry for 2 minutes. Now add the rice and continue to stir fry for 3 minutes. Next, add the light soy sauce and dark soy sauce and stir fry for a further 2 minutes.

Add the egg mixture and stir fry for another minute.  Turn onto a platter, garnish with the sliced cucumber and serve.