Indonesian fried rice

Indonesian fried rice


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About this recipe: Flavoured with garlic, ginger and chilli, this tempting dish with thin and tender strips of lean beef and juicy prawns is a variation on the classic Nasi goreng. It's perfect for a relaxed lunch because much of the dish can be prepared ahead.

Zoë Harpham

Serves: 4 

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons salt-reduced soy sauce
  • 250 g lean rump or fillet steak, cut across the grain into thin strips
  • 1⅔ cups (350 g) long-grain white rice
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 spring onions, sliced on the diagonal
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
  • 2½ tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 150 g peeled raw prawns
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 green chilli, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 15 g fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
  • ¾ cup (150 g) frozen peas, thawed
  • splash of chilli sauce (optional)

Prep:45min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

  1. Whisk together the sesame oil, vinegar and 1 tablespoon of the soy sauce in a bowl. Add the beef and toss to coat in the marinade. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes, or overnight if you have time.
  2. Meanwhile, bring the rice and 1½ cups lightly salted water to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until almost tender, then drain. Spread out on a tray and leave to cool. (You will get the best results if you refrigerate the rice overnight.)
  3. Lightly beat the eggs in a small bowl or jug, then stir in the spring onions and coriander and season with freshly ground black pepper. Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a non-stick omelette pan or frying pan and pour in the beaten egg mixture. Cook the eggs for a few seconds, then stir gently for about a minute until the base begins to set. Stop stirring and cook for a further 2 minutes until lightly set. Roll up the omelette, slide it onto a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil in a wok or large, deep frying pan until hot. Add the beef with the marinade and stir-fry on a high heat for about 1 minute until well browned. Remove with a slotted spoon leaving all the juices behind. Set aside.
  5. Add the remaining oil to the pan. Add the prawns, garlic, chilli and ginger and stir-fry for 2 minutes until the prawns have just turned pink, then add the carrots, peas and rice and toss on the heat for a further minute. Finally, add the cooked beef, sprinkle with the remaining soy sauce and stir-fry for a final 1–2 minutes until everything is heated through.
  6. Spoon the rice mixture into a warmed serving bowl. Cut the omelette into thin strips and scatter over the rice. For those who like an extra spicy kick, serve with chilli sauce.

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