[Cooking Series] 🍳Simple Fried Rice With a Twist

14 July 2020


So just recently, I've been getting my hands busy with a bit of cooking in the kitchen. I'm not much of a cook but thanks to my mum (check out her page here if you love gardening!) and some practice, I've finally perfected one recipe I think I've grown to be quite good at making - fried rice.

Of course, this isn't just ANY fried rice. What we have here, ladies and gent, is an insanely simple yet tasty dish which anyone can make in 30 minutes, give or take.

I do believe that you can't go wrong with making fried rice. It's almost like there are no rules to how you can create your own version of it. Just look at me, I don't cook that generally well but this recipe is easy enough that even I can somehow come out with something edible for the family to eat.

So if you want to try it, follow these steps and see how the results turn out!
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  Ingredients  

🔹 Leftover cooked rice 
My family prefers the nice firm quality of yesterday's leftover rice. It's less likely to be sticky and squishy. But if you don't have any, make a new batch. Use 2-3 cups of rice with less water. Use the pinky-finger rule or something like that.

🔹 2 onions (Bawang besar)
Slice each medium-sized onion into smaller pieces to make it easier for you to ground (tumbuk) them with mortar and pestle (lesung batu). Do this until they're evenly crushed. 

🔹 1 cup of anchovies (ikan bilis)
Wash and rinse them in a clean container and then pour them in to the lesung batu. Crush them as finely as you can. This ingredient is the KEY to the flavour of your fried rice later.

🔹 4-6 pieces of dried chilies (cili kering)
The use of dried chilies is something my mum learned from the growing YouTube channel - Sugu Pavithra. It makes so much difference to our dishes because it adds that spicy tasty flavour we crave. For our fried rice, you want to wash and snip the dried chilies into smaller pieces. Then, putting them in a container, pour warm water to get the seeds out so that our fried rice won't be overly spicy. Next, after filtering the water out from the dried chilies, crush them together with our anchovies and onions. Now, we got a nice paste to start making our fried rice.

🔹 1 carrot (optional)
You can dice them into small cubes to add some veggies in your fried rice OR opt for other veggies as well.

🔹 Salt & White Pepper

🔹 Leftover fried fish (optional)
Leftover fried fish adds a savoury quality to your fried rice. 


  Time to Grab the Pan!  

1️⃣ Sauté the Paste
After adding a bit of oil into your pan and having the heat on medium, add your paste (remember the crushed onions, dried chilies & anchovies we did). As my mum said, take your time to let your paste, especially the anchovies to really cook. You'd know this when the anchovies or bits of them turn a little crispy and the paste you're frying becomes less watery and slightly brown.

2️⃣ Put in Veggies & Leftover Fried Fish
This shouldn't take too long. As long as your veggies are cooked, you're done with this step. As for your fried fish, it's already cooked so re-frying it again just helps to warm it up.

3️⃣ Add Salt & White Pepper
Add a pinch or two of salt and white pepper. We'll come back to this again in a minute. Now make sure to stir everything well.

4️⃣ Shower the Glorious Rice into the Pan!
We're almost done! But first, in the rice pot, make sure you have already crushed the rice with a spoon so that they aren't clumping together. Then pour the rice into the pan. If you see clumps of rice in the pan, break them apart with your cooking spoon. Turn the heat slightly up and mix everything thoroughly. We want the paste we sautéed earlier to be perfectly mixed with the rice.

 5️⃣ Add Salt & White Pepper
If necessary, now is the time you can add more salt or white pepper to flavour up your fried rice. Add little by little until everything tastes just right. Oh, and this is also the perfect time to taste-test your dish. Lower the heat when you do!

Serve and eat!
Because there aren't that much variety of veggies in our dish, we make it a habit to eat our fried rice with ulam from my mum's garden. I truly recommend for you to try and eat with fresh ulam as well. 
Other than that, selamat makan!



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32 comments

  1. uuu thanks for sharing this recipe! might try it hehe

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  2. Ya allah...tengok pulak entry ni time tgh lapar.lunch time! hahaha

    Memang sinonim kan kalau nasi goreng lebih sedap jika guna baki nasi putih .hehe

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    1. Uish, I guess I posted this entry at the right time! HEHE Happy lunch ya, Linda!

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  3. Nampak simple tetapi sangat menyelerakan. Dan terima kasih sudi berkongsi resipi. Kalau orang bujang masak tak tahu cam mana rasanya. haha

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    1. I used to make similar dishes when I was renting with my housemates time belajar. Sangat senang nak masak and tak perlu gunakan banyak bahan.

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  4. Thank you share resepi nasi goreng.banyak version resepi nasi goreng kan. Janji boleh makan. Hehe

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    1. Hi Marina! Yessss, there's no rule to making nasi goreng. If you have the basic ingredients in hand, then you're free to add in anything else you feel like eating. hehe

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  5. Tengok nasi goreng ni menggoda betul laa. Tetiba pulak lapar balik padahal baru jer makan hahaha. Tq tau sharing resipi.

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    1. Hi Lya! You're super welcome, glad I can build your appetite! hehe

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  6. The easiest to prepare is nasi goreng and I love all types of nasi goreng. Gimme nasi goreng anytime hehehe

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    1. EXACTLY. You can't go wrong with nasi goreng. It's simple but you can make any version of it to fit to your liking.

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  7. Nampak mudah dan menyelerakan .. nak try la sebab bila balik keja kadang tu kena masak yang simple . Masa sangat terhad ... tq sharing info

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    1. You're welcome! Nasi goreng is a great option to make a quick meal at the end of the day.

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  8. So colorful your fried rice and such an appetite when seeing it. Thanks for sharing the recipes and will try it.

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  9. thanks for sharing. yang simple dan mudah ni memang lagi sedap dan juga pantas. btw terima kasih share resipi :)

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  10. Nampak menarik dan sedap nasi gorengnya... mudah janji sedap kann...

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  11. Nasi goreng tu yang warna merah tu octopus ke? Nanti nak try cuba resepi ni. Tq!

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    1. Hi Ruby! Yang merah tu mulberries to add that some slight sweet-sour flavour to our nasi goreng. Boleh jugak guna vinegar sikit kalau takde option tu. hehe

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  12. comels sangat twist dia bila letak mulberries dengan ulam. Nampak cantik. Boleh imagine rasa dia macam mana. Sedap! Follow sini :)

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    1. It has this really pleasant slight sour taste to the nasi goreng, so memang sedap! And thank you for following my blog!

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  13. Ni kira mcm masakan nasi goreng ikan bilis lah kan... ok nak cuba style ni lak nanti...

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  14. Nadia tengah diet , bila tengok ni serius lapar tapi kena tahan nafsu!

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  15. Tengok gambar pun dah sangat menyelerakan. kalau rasa mesti lagi memukau ni. Thanks for the sharing ya. nanti boleh la cuba.

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  16. Nampak menyelerakan nasi goreng tu. Sis suka masak nasi goreng sebab kite boleh olah macam2 bahan. Campak2 je jadilah

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  17. complete instructions gtu. terbaik !!

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  18. im so hungry hereee!! gotta try this!!

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  19. aaa terliurnya tengok gambar macam nasi goreng ala-ala hotel pulak hehe

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  20. Looks yummy! And nampak macam nasi goreng yang sangat menggiurkanlah senang kata.

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  21. Is that mulberry in the nasi goreng? The nasi goreng look tasty and the ulam make it look tastier. And now I crave for nasi goreng.

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