Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Recipe - Nasi Goreng

I don't know if it's the spring air or what but I've noticed myself being more lame and PDA and cutesie recently. It would be enough to push my retchy disposition to actually throwing up if it wasn't me and I wasn't totally loving it. As part of this package of super cringe romance, I've been insisting that we celebrate our 'anniversary' several times, as if I've forgotten that the reason we don't have a set date is because I was so bloody reluctant about the whole thing last year. But any excuse to light candles and cook something pseudo-elaborate is welcome. As are gifts! I decided I would make nasi goreng, coconut shrimp take 2 and apple and honey cocktails.

Spice paste
6 shallots
4 cloves garlic
Shrimp paste
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Unsalted roasted peanuts
Salt
Thumb sized piece galangal
Thumb sized piece ginger
2 stalks lemon grass
1 tbsp lime juice
4 red bird's eye chilli peppers

Nasi goreng
Pork fillet, cut into thin strips.
Green beans
Skinless, boneless chicken thighs, sliced
150g green beans
1 red pepper
500g cooked rice
Soy sauce
Kecap manis

Garnishes
2 eggs, fried sunny side up
Lime juice
1 onion, thinly sliced and caramelised
1 fresh red bird's eye chilli, thinly sliced
Fresh coriander
Fresh cucumber

Blend the spice paste in a food processor or in a pestle and mortar if you can really be bothered.
Heat oil in a wok.
Season the pork with a touch of salt and cumin.
Brown on high heat then remove and place on a plate.
Turn the heat down.
Add the spice paste and fry for about ten minutes until wildly fragrant.
Add the green beans and red pepper and fry for 3 minutes.
Return the pork to the pan along with the rice.
Season with the soy sauce and kecap manis, about 2 tbsp each.
Remove from heat and serve with the garnishes scattered on top.

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