Years ago, whilst en route to Australia, I had one of the most memorable eating experiences of my life aboard the wonderful Malaysia Air. It was around midnight UK time, but the cabin crew had yanked open the window shutters to the rising sun and announced breakfast.
On the menu was Nasi Goreng, an Indonesian and Malay breakfast staple that generally involves fried rice, egg, chili sauce and occasionally seafood, meat or vegetables. This particular version came with a little portion of curried prawns on the side, and sent my dormant, 18 year old taste buds shooting across continents faster than any jumbo jet.

I’ve carried that experience with me, and was justifiably excited by the prospect of a re-run when we arrived in Malaysia. However, far from recreating that single experience, I’ve discovered that Nasi Goreng, a lot like multi-cultural Malaysia, exists in several different shades held together by a few common denominators.

One of those is sambal, a pungent chilli paste with variations that include prawn paste, lime juice and sugar. Sambal can be a bit much at first, but as with many acquired tastes, perseverance brings with it rich rewards.

Other common denominators include fried rice and eggs. The egg sometimes comes hard boiled, at other times it lesbian videos is fried whole mixed through until barely cooked. Further variations exist with fried anchovies, prawns, sliced cucumber or what ever comes to hand. This is because Nasi Goreng is essentially an economical meal, composed of leftover rice and other odds and ends.

Even presentation is up for grabs. Sometimes it comes in little pyramid shaped banana leaf packages that open to reveal a boiled egg balanced on top of a dollop of sambal and portion of rice. Other times it comes out with the different components separated on the plate, awaiting the judicious application of fork and spoon.

A true breakfast of champions.

3 Responses to Nasi Goreng: Breakfast of Champions

  1. By Diah - February 3, 2010

    Though you’ve mentioned that nasi goreng also can be found (and also originally from) Indonesia, I can see that you haven’t visit the country (Indonesia) and yet make any review of the street food you can find there. Visit us someday and taste a large amount of street food in many different areas of Indonesia. You can find nasi goreng and mi goreng (fried noodle) most of the time at night. You can have delicious bubur ayam (chicken porridge), yellow rice, lesbian porn sweet or salty martabak, flavored corn, satai (kind of toriyaki in Japan), and so many more. Come and visit Indonesia sometimes and taste the rich flavors of Indonesian street food.

  2. By Street Foodie gay porn - February 3, 2010

    Hi Diah,

    All that street food sounds great – Indonesia is one of the next places I want to go to in Asia, I’ve heard amazing things about it. Hopefully someday…

  3. By Diah - February 3, 2010

    Thanks for visited my blog and read some of the postings, though it’s not a culinary nor traveling blog.
    I might give you some “hints” about Indonesian street food, so one day when you visit my country, you’ll know what to look. Do come and visit Indonesia and taste the Indonesian culinary by yourself. milf videos 😉

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