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Nasi Goreng (Indonesian-style Fried Rice)

So aromatic and full of flavor is this Indonesian Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng)! Easy and delicious side dish for sure!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indonesian
Servings 8 Servings
Author Manila Spoon


  • 2 cups uncooked Basmati Rice or 6 cups left-over chilled rice
  • 1 teaspoon ground Turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Salt, or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons Oil
  • 3 Garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 inch fresh Ginger root, peeled and grated
  • 1-2 red Chili pepper (like Bird's Eye Chili), seeds removed and thinly sliced (adjust heat to your preference)
  • 1 bunch Green Onions (scallions) (about 6-8), thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked Chicken, shredded or sliced thinly
  • 3 tablespoons Kecap Manis ((or Soy sauce mixed with 1 tablespoon Honey)
  • Handful fresh Cilantro, chopped


  1. If you are using left-over rice, skip this paragraph and proceed to the cooking instruction portion. If you are starting from scratch and using uncooked rice, rinse the rice and drain well. Place in a saucepan or  you can use the rice cooker. Stir in the turmeric and salt. Add about 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until the rice is cooked and quite dry.  Remove from the heat and let the rice cool completely. Once it has cooled down, refrigerate until ready to use. If using the rice immediately, transfer the cooked rice (after letting it sit for 12 minutes after cooking) to a flat baking tray. Allow to cool completely and fluff with a fork to separate the grains. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour.

  2. Heat half of the oil in a wok or large frying pan. Add the garlic and let it sizzle for a few seconds until aromatic. Lower the heat and add the ginger, chillies and half the green onions. Stir-fry for a couple of minutes. Pour in the remaining oil and add the shredded chicken. Cook until chicken is heated through.

  3. Add the fluffed rice in batches, stirring each batch carefully to mix well with the rest of the ingredients. Add the kecap manis or soy sauce. Stir to distribute the sauce evenly. Taste and adjust the seasoning, if needed. 

  4. Transfer to a serving plate and garnish with chopped cilantro and the remaining green onions. This is traditionally served with some fried eggs. Enjoy!