Nasi goreng vegetarian is not only super tasty but also easy to make. We have gone crazy on nasi during our travels in Asia and have been making it ourselves ever since. With homemade satay sauce, a fried egg, and cassava chips, this dish is extra tasty and completely finished. Good to know: this recipe is vegan if you leave the egg out!
Where Does Nasi Goreng Come From?
Nasi means rice and nasi goreng means fried rice. How the Dutch eat nasi comes most close to the Indonesian nasi goreng. Unofficially, nasi goreng is the national dish of Indonesia, because it is so popular in the country. Also in Malaysia and Singapore, you can find nasi goreng.
But originally, nasi is from China! Baking boiled rice was invented in China to prevent leftover rice from being thrown away. Throwing away rice is not only a waste, but it is also a taboo in Chinese culture. So the remaining rice was fried the next day, often for breakfast, and leftover vegetables and meat were added.
When Chinese immigrants came to Indonesia in the 10th century, they had to adapt the dish to local ingredients. So many variations of nasi goreng arose!
In China, it can sometimes be difficult to decipher the menu, but luckily you can always order fried rice. The Indonesian version has a stronger taste and is spiced better, in our opinion.
If you have a hard time ordering vegetarian dishes in Asia, you can always say you are a Buddhist monk, because they don’t eat meat. Because of the language barrier, things can sometimes go wrong and you still get your dish with meat.
Back to the Nasi Goreng Vegetarian!
As you read earlier, you can use all kinds of leftover vegetables for your vegetarian nasi. For this dish, we use peppers, onion, bean sprouts, and leek, but you can also add other vegetables (handy if you have to finish other veggies).
For the nasi, it’s best to choose dry-boiling rice. Dry-boiling rice varieties include brown rice, white rice, basmati rice or Surinam rice. Italian and Japanese rice varieties are often wet-boiling rice, and therefore less suitable for nasi. We use brown rice for our nasi goreng, but you can always choose one of the other rice varieties.
The satay sauce can, of course, be bought ready-made, but if you make satay sauce yourself, it tastes better. And it’s very easy to make. You’ll be done in a few minutes. This whole dish is easy, tasty and quick. Perfect if you eat with lots of people!
Vegan Nasi Goreng
Besides the egg, this recipe is vegan. So you can leave out the egg and then you have a delicious vegan nasi goreng!
Tip: if you have too much homemade satay sauce, freeze the sauce! Always good to have a sauce in the house.
Nasi Goreng Vegetarian with Satay Sauce
- 300 gram brown rice (10 ounce)
- 1 red pepper
- 1 leek
- 150 gram bean sprouts (5 ounce)
- 1 red onion
- 2 garlic clove
- 1 chili pepper (optional if you like spicy)
- 1 teaspoon sambal
- 2 tablespoon sweet soy sauce
- 100 gram peanuts (3.5 ounce)
For the homemade satay sauce
- 6 tablespoon peanut sauce
- 250 mililiter water (1 cup)
- 3 tablespoon sweet soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sambal
- 3 tablespoon lemon juice
- 4 eggs
- 1 bag cassava chips/crisps
- Cook the rice according to package directions. Drain the water (if there is water left) as soon as the rice is ready and let the rice cool. Tip: fry the rice briefly before adding water. This makes the rice absorb flavors better later.
- Meanwhile, peel the garlic and chop or crush. Chop the onion and cut the red pepper in half lengthwise and chop finely (with seeds if you like spicy). Wash the bell pepper and cut into small cubes. Cut the leek into rings and wash in a colander.
- Heat oil in a wok and sauté the garlic and onion. After a few minutes, add the red pepper, paprika, and leek. Stir-fry for 5 minutes over medium heat.
- Meanwhile, heat the water, peanut butter, sweet soy sauce, sambal and lemon juice in a saucepan for the homemade satay sauce. Stir well and let it thicken.
- Add the rice and bean sprouts to the vegetables and mix well. Season with sambal, sweet soy sauce and possibly salt and pepper. Leave on low heat so that the rice can heat up.
- Fry the eggs in a frying pan. Season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, chop the peanuts into small pieces.
- Divide the fried rice over 4 plates, sprinkle the chopped peanuts on top and serve with egg, satay sauce and cassava chips.
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