Maria Gracia Santillana Maria Gracia Santillana | February 3, 2021 | Food & Drink
Looking for an easy way to reinvigorate your leftovers? Fried rice is a delicious, straight-forward dish that should be a staple of your home. Of course, you don't want to just fry your takeout rice in a pan with some oil, crack and egg and call it a day. You want a heightened culinary experience that transports you to a tropical, Asian land. For that, we turn to acclaimed British chef and television star Gordon Ramsey who flew to Indonesia in search of the best damn fried rice recipe in the world.
No need to cower in fear. Ramsay isn't screaming at you in this video! Armed with left-over rice and a couple of eggs, Ramsay took to the Western Sumatran city of Pandang to cook his own version of Nasi Goreng, also known as Indonesian egg fried rice.
While the quick and high-heat method of cooking might be reminiscent of Ramsay’s Hell Kitchen moments, this recipe is anything but stressful. Approved by popular UK-based Malaysian comedian and YouTuber Nigel Ng (who goes by the online persona UncleRoger), this recipe satisfied even the toughest of online critics. Gaining popularity for reviewing British chef’s fried rice, Ramsay’s Nasi Goreng received UncleRoger’s stamp of approval.
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Utilizing traditional indonesian ingredients, from galang and sambal to rendang, this recipe is the perfect way to reinvigorate your leftovers with some authentic spice. Galang, also known as Thai ginger, is a sweeter version of the root vegetable, with a sharper, citrusy and almost piney flavor. Paired with the chillies, Ramsay aims for the perfect mix of sweet and spicy for this egg fried rice.
Sambal and rendang are both pastes Ramsay uses to add flavor to the dish. Sambal, an Indonesian chilli sauce, contains chili and shrimp paste, garlic, ginger, shallots, scallions, palm sugar and lime juice. This Indonesian staple can be found in most Asian markets right next to the Sriracha. Rendang, on the other hand, is a curry paste most frequently used alongside beef. This can also be found in most Asian markets.
The combination of the sweet galangal and spicy chillies gives the Indonesian staple an almost “spicy chai” feel, Ramsay says. The result? A fried rice that is fluffy, fragrant, and fun to make. Here's how to impress your family and friends without breaking a sweat.
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*Ramsay’s video has no specific measurements for the ingredients. These are all estimate approximations. Feel free to adjust to your own taste.
Photography by: YouTube video