Oma's Nasi Goreng
This is a dish that we grew up having at our Oma’s when we would visit her, and Mum would also make it on special occasions (though not so special when she used our rooster once). My Oma spent her early years growing up in Indonesia. This was prior to the second world war, when there were a number of Dutch living in Indonesia. I understand this recipe came from those years, so naturally the dish brings up memories of my Oma and the life she lived there before things drastically changed with the war and she returned to Holland. This is one of those dishes that will always be best when Oma makes it, but every time I make it for friends they absolutely love it……which makes me happy that they can experience a little bit of my very special Oma. This is great to make at this time of the year as the farmers markets, or your local super market have some beautiful cabbages and leeks in season. Although in this recipe I have stated pork mince, the best Nasi is always one made with finely chopped left over roast meat. Chicken, pork or lamb work amazingly. This meal also improves with time, so it’s a great entertaining dish. You can make the night before and then fry up before serving. The flavour improves over night and it means you have extra time to focus on things like dessert, or entertaining. Its also a great dish to take places when you are doing a shared meal.
- Start by frying the bacon and meat together until cooked. Set aside in a bowl. Without cleaning the frying pan, add the leek, onion, garlic and cabbage to fry in the meat juices at the medium temp. Its important to cook the vege’s long enough to evaporate off excess liquid. This is meant to be a dry dish, so before going to the next step check that things aren’t looking too wet.
- Add the cooked rice, meat, soy sauce and sambal oelek and stir fry together. Taste and add any additional soy sauce or sambal oelek to suit what you like. Prior to serving, whisk up the eggs with a teaspoon of soy sauce and cook in a large frying pan to make a thin omlete. Roll up carefully and slice, and then serve on top of the Nasi. Optional extras: This meal goes well with a very simple salad of sliced tomato and cucumber. Also shopped salted roasted peanuts are great on top. If you really want to make this meal special (and blow the $20 budget) you can add some prawns to the top, or fry in with the meat.