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Better Than the Package: Nontraditional Nasi Goreng

I grew up on Nasi Goreng that used spices from a package. It was good and it was easy to find in my small town. But it was nearly impossible to find when I moved away. For many years, I would stock up on the spice mix when I went to my home town. However, recently I ran out and was craving me some Nasi. So I set out to ‘recreate’ the Nasi Goreng that I was used to. All of the recipes that I found online looked good, but did not have the flavor profile that I was used to. So using my sense of smell, I set to find the perfect spice combination – and I did it! My husband stated, ‘ This is the best Nasi Goreng you have ever made!’ (And he didn’t know that I had made it from scratch). I was so excited that he liked it!

I hope that you enjoy this nontraditional Nasi Goreng as much as my husband and my kids did! Try serving it with a fried egg and a side of extra sambal oelek for added spice.

Eet smakelijk (a common phrase that was said around our dinner table growing up)! Or enjoy your meal!

Better Than the Package: Nontraditional Nasi Goreng

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 6


  • 2 Double Smoked Farmer's Sausage, diced
  • 4-5 slices Bacon, diced
  • ½ Onion, diced
  • 200 grams Mushrooms (equivalent to 1 package), sliced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Shrimp Paste
  • 1 tsp Chili Paste (Sambal Oelek)
  • 3 Tbsp Sweet Soy Sauce (Ketjap Manis)
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Curry Powder
  • ¼ tsp Ground Ginger
  • ¼ tsp Ground Cumin
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 6 cups Cooked & Cooled Rice (day old works best)


  • Fry the bacon and the farmer's sausage over medium heat, until bacon is crispy.
  • Remove the meat from the frying pan, leaving the bacon fat in the pan.
  • Add the onion and the mushrooms to the frying pan with the shrimp paste until the onions are translucent.
  • Stir in the brown sugar, curry powder, ground ginger, ground cumin, and salt. Stir until fragrant.
  • Add the chili paste and the sweet soy sauce.
  • Briefly allow to boil, then add the meat and your day old rice.
  • Stir and fry the rice until brown.
  • Serve with fried eggs, extra chili paste and sweet soy sauce.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

John 3:16-17


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