#87 BLOGGING MARATHON
THEME: EXPLORE THE FLAVORS-INTERNATIONAL DISHES
“Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dine like a Pauper”
When I decided to participate in this Mega Blogging Marathon, I knew immediately what I was going to make for the letter N. As some of you might have read my previous posts hubby and I spent last Dec in Bali. However, due to the unfortunate motorbike accident my daughter in law met with, we were not able to see as much of Bali as we would have otherwise. However, its the best bonding time we had with my son and daughter in law.
My son had booked a villa for us. In the evenings the receptionist would ask us what we’d like for breakfast. There wasn’t much choice, it was either continental or Indonesian. On the 2nd day I decided to try the Indonesian breakfast. My son reminded me to tell them no ayam(chicken), Bebek (duck), sapi (beef), babi (pork), Ikan(fish). I was happy that I’ve covered the vegetarian ground pretty well. Next morning I get the famous Indonesian breakfast Nasi Goreng with shrimp!!!! Why didn’t I think of that.I had to ask my daughter in law what shrimp is in Indonesian language and so that evening included no udang(shrimp) to my long list of no nos! I should have stuck with plain continental breakfast. Some how or the other some form of meat tends to creep into the platter.
My mission became to create a vegetarian (or lets say ova-vegetarian) version of Nasi Goreng. I was amazed how the same dish can be served for all 3 meals…breakfast, lunch and dinner. What may vary is the meat and perhaps for lunch or dinner there would be no fried egg. Sometimes the rice would be replaced with noodles to make a Mei Goreng. Basically, its a pretty healthy and easy meal and portions are not humungous.
It was such a pleasant site to see so many paddy fields in Bali. In the touristy area little restaurants or warungs were set up next to the paddy fields. The local rice is very aromatic and different from basmati.
Day 14 the breakfast is Nasi Goreng from INDONESIA. Nasi Goreng is fried rice. Fried rice served with meat, fish, vegetables, eggs, sambal oelek and prawn crackers. My version is a simpler one with no meat or fish. Two of the main ingredients for any Indonesian food is kecap manis and sambal oelek. Kecap manis is a sweet soy sauce, quite different from the normal soy sauce we know. Its readily available in Indonesia and some Asian shops. I had to make mine at home. Oelek means grinding so sambal oelek is simply ground chilis. Hot red chilis are ground with garlic, ginger, vinegar, fish sauce or shrimp paste, lime, brown sugar or palm sugar. I used my own chili garlic sauce (without shrimp or fish).
In my photos the fried onion is missing as I totally forgot to add it to the dish. Its only after we had the brunch did I realize that I’d forgotten the onions.
And by the way have you noticed how whenever I’ve made fried egg, the yolk is never in the middle even when I use a ring?? Wonder why?? This one has got to be the weirdest, with the yolk lopping on one side!
2-3 cups of leftover rice
1 small onion, finely chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp kecap manis*
2 fried eggs
2-3 stalks of scallion, chopped
1 tbsp deep fried onion (chop and fry)
1 tbsp oil
½ – ¾ tsp salt
chopped vegetables like tomato, cucumber, carrot etc.
some sambal oelek**
- Heat oil in a wide pan over medium heat.
- Stir fry the onions. When they become a bit soft, add the garlic and scallions.
- Stir fry for a few seconds and add the kecap manis.
- Immediately add the rice.
- Mix well and let it become hot.
- Add salt as required.
- Fry 2 eggs.
- To serve, spoon the rice into a plate. Put the fried egg on top. Top with fried onion. Add the vegetables and fried crackers. Serve with sambal oelek.
A-Z breakfast Dishes:
F – French Toast – Canada
G – Griddle/Girdle Scones – Scotland
H – Hafragrautur – Iceland
I – Idiyappam – India
J – Johnnycakes – Caribbean Islands
K – Khabees – Bahrain
L – Lahooh – Somalia
M – Masoub – Saudi Arabia
- Add chopped French beans, carrots, mushrooms etc to the fried rice if you like.
- * to make kecap manis at home simply take 2 tbsp soy sauce and 2 tbsp brown sugar or palm sugar. Mix it in a pan. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce the heat and let it become thick. It should be like maple syrup consistency. Take the pan off the heat.
- ** I used my own version of the chili garlic sauce. You can buy ready made sambal oelek or make it at home.
- My rice preparation looks dark as the sugar I used was very dark. Next time I’d use palm sugar or light brown sugar.