Nasi Goreng is an Indonesian stir- fried rice dish, the word “nasi” meaning rice, and “goreng” meaning fried.
In addition to the basic Rice component, Nasi goreng, may be made with an array of additional ingredients including meats, seafood, and vegetables and may be seasoned with various Asian sauces and spices.
Like with most cuisines, everyone makes theirs a little different, in St. Maarten when you order a Nasi Goreng, you get a savory mixed fried rice, topped with stir-fried Cabbage, Celery and Bean sprouts, and a fried egg.
Even though Nasi Goreng is one of the most popular dishes in Chinese Restaurants here in St. Maarten, it is not a Chinese dish.
Like Bami Goreng, and Sate, it originated in Indonesia & Malaysia and came to us through Dutch colonization.
In Indonesia and Suriname, both Nasi and Bami Goreng are extremely popular in restaurants, made at home and are some of the most popular street foods sold by cart vendors, food stalls, and roadside diners.
At Indonesian celebrations, Nasi Goreng is an essential component of festive buffets.
In home kitchens, the dish is often eaten for breakfast and is made with leftover rice from the previous night’s dinner.
While perusing the menu of your local Chinese eatery in St. Maarten, you may have noticed that in addition to Nasi Goreng & Bami Goreng there is the "Special" version of those dishes.
The Nasi Goreng Special usually means you'll get several small portions of meat dishes with your requisite mixed fried rice. Fried Chicken, Fried Shrimp, Sweet & Sour Fish Balls, Kroepoek, Pork Sate, Roast Chicken, Chicken Sate, each Restaurant has it's own set of accompaniments and preparations of this dish but it is basically a very, very small Rijsttafel.
Rijsttafel, an elaborate meal featuring many different kinds of small dishes that would accompany different kinds of Nasi.
Translated "Rice Table" from Dutch, Rijsttafel, originated during the Dutch Colonization of Indonesia, when the Dutch wished to impress visitors with the vast array of exotic and delicious foods available in their colony. Due to the bad vibes left after Indonesia's Independence, Rijsttafel is rarely eaten in Indonesia and can mainly be found in the Netherlands and a few other places, like St. Maarten and Curacao, that have been highly influenced by our Colonization by the Dutch.
The main ingredient in nasi goreng is cooked rice that has been allowed to cool.
Leftover rice is ideal, as it can be quickly added to the dish without overcooking.
Long-grain rice is the best type to use since it has less starch than short-grain or medium-grain rice and does not become sticky or lumpy.
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