This was one of my favourite meals in Bali..do you know what it is? It's called Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice). It's eaten with a fried egg on top like so many dishes in Indonesia. Upon coming home and doing my research I found this recipe for Nasi Goreng in Rick Stein's book Far Eastern Odyssey. I have since watched the first two episodes of the accompanying tv series and was glued to the television. One day I hope to follow in some of his footsteps.
To recreate this dish, my first stop was an asian grocer in Victoria Street, Richmond, which is our little piece of Vietnam. It's flooded with cheap, authentic Vietnamese restaurants and grocers. There's a big grocer in particular that stocks every ingredient you'd ever need for far eastern cooking not just vietnamese.
For the dish to be authentic, I needed to make the Bali spice paste Basa Gede (basic Bali spice paste which finds it's way into alot of dishes there). After wandering the isles of this huge grocer, feeling very lost and short of time..I happened upon a packet of the spice paste already mixed...so after much thought, went with that.
I'm all for making the spice paste from scratch when I have plenty of time up my sleeve (and can source the ingredients) but for a mid week meal I think using the pre prepared paste is fine. What do you think?
The Nasi Goreng was a very tasty meal the family enjoyed, they all commented how nice it was after they'd finished and pretty much tasted like the ones we'd eat there. Some time in the future I'd love to do a class at one of the cooking schools in Bali. Learning more about Balinese cooking and have a local take you to the markets to shop for ingredients would be a great experience (and a good excuse to go back there!)
On another note, a little while ago I was contacted by Siobhan the Editor of Naturalmommy.com. Siobhan asked if they could publish my post on natural blackberry jelly. Of course I said yes and to my delight it has just been posted. Click here to check it out. It's in the Home Cookin, Natural home section and has also been published on the home page...exciting.
Naturalmommy.com is a wonderful resource for parents who want to raise kids close to nature and without toxins. Made up of mums and mum supporters who share what they know in order to
help other families make more natural, earth friendly choices.
I'm working on another submission for them at the moment, so will let you know when that has been posted.
This is a painting we bought on our last day in Bali..I love it, the colour of the flowers and the ocean at the top of the picture takes me straight back there and makes me smile.
Cook 300g of long grain rice by one of the methods on the back of the packet and spread out onto a tray to cool.
Cut some long green beans up into pieces and microwave for 30 seconds or until just cooked. Or cook in salted boiling water for 3 minutes. Cut up a couple of chicken breast fillets (boneless) into small pieces.
Heat some vegetable oil in a wok, add the chicken and stir fry for 1 minute. Add 3 or 4 small red shallots peeled and thinly sliced, 4 cloves of garlic minced in garlic press, a long red chilli cut into slices and some carrot cut into batons and stir fry for another couple of minutes until carrot is just tender.
Add your packet of Nasi Goreng Basa Gede spice paste and stir fry for another minute. Add a tablespoon of tomato puree or tomato paste diluted with a little bit of water, 1 TBLSP kecap manis (indonesian soy sauce), cooked rice you've been cooling, green beans, some peeled shrimp (about 100g) and stir fry for 2 minutes. Add some soy sauce and spring onions and toss together.
Spoon the Nasi Goreng into warmed plates and top each one with a fried egg. Garnish on the side with halved cherry tomatoes and cucumber batons. Sprinkle top of egg with crisp fried shallots (you can buy this in a packet from the asian grocer).