Indonesian-Style Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng)

From America's Test Kitchen Season 12: Southeast Asian Favorites

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For a different take on a leftover classic, we created a recipe for Indonesian-style fried rice. We found everyday alternatives to traditional Indonesian ingredients and then tweaked the cooking process so that we could avoid cooking the rice the day before or waiting until we had leftover… read more

For a different take on a leftover classic, we created a recipe for Indonesian-style fried rice. We found everyday alternatives to traditional Indonesian ingredients and then tweaked the cooking process so that we could avoid cooking the rice the day before or waiting until we had leftover rice on hand. To mimic the firmness of leftover rice, we rinsed the raw grains and sautéed them in some oil. We then cooked the rice in less water and let it cool in the refrigerator. All our Indonesian-Style Fried Rice needed was the traditional garnishes: frizzled shallots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and an egg, which we conveniently turned into an omelet to avoid the last-minute work of egg frying.

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Serves 4 to 6

If Thai chiles are unavailable, substitute two serranos or two medium jalapeños. Reduce the spiciness of this dish by removing the ribs and seeds from the chiles. This dish progresses very quickly at step 4; it’s imperative that your ingredients are in place by then and ready to go. If desired, serve the rice with sliced cucumbers and tomato wedges.

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