Nasi Goreng Sambal



I like fried rice, it’s easy and tasty. However, since I grew up in Indonesia, I find this spicy Indonesian variant of fried rice suits my taste buds better. This version uses sambal, which is already spicy and salty on its own, replacing the need of soy sauce.


  1. 1 bowl cooked rice, left overnight. Or just leave the cooked rice till it’s not soggy or wet
  2. 2 pieces of shallots, chopped
  3. 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  4. 2 pieces of bird eye chilli pepper (or any other kind of chilli pepper), minced
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1 tbs of sambal (Sambal is traditional Indonesian / South East Asian chili condiment. I used sambal petai, it has strong taste and smell of petai, somewhat an acquired taste)
  7. 1 tbs of butter
  8. Salt and pepper to taste
  9. Slices of cucumbers and tomatoes as garnish


  1. First, fry an egg, sunny side up. Then put it aside.
  2. You don’t want the rice to be clumped up, so use a spoon or spatula to separate them up.
  3. Add bit of cooking oil to your pan / wok, heat up your pan between medium to high heat
  4. Drop the shallots, garlics and chilli peppers into the pan, and add a pinch of salt. Fry until the mixture is fragrant.
  5. Crack an egg, and add it into the mixture. Mix the egg up, scramble it.
  6. Drop in the rice to the pan, and mix thoroughly.
  7. Add in the sambal and pepper, and again, mix them thoroughly.
  8. Lower the heat, and cook until you start hearing the sound of the rice cracking and popping.
  9. Turn off the heat completely, and drop in the butter. Cover the rice with the butter completely.
  10. Serve with garnish and the fried egg !


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