Monday, July 23, 2012

Quick Lunch: King prawn fried rice (nasi goreng)

One of the dishes which I loved eating since I was a young girl was fried rice (also known as nasi goreng in Malay). Mum used to cook it for us as a packed lunch for school or dinner sometimes. When I was in university and then working in UK, I would often cook fried rice since it was easy and I could have dinner in under 15 minutes. Now that I am a mother, I often cook this for my children and they love it! Isn't it a great feeling seeing your children eating nutritiously and enjoying their food?



There is a variety of ingredients you can put in your fried rice, but my favorite is  a mixture of prawn, vegetables, mushrooms and minced pork (and my least favorite is lap cheong a.k.a. Chinese sausage). Personally for this dish, I like to use rice that has been kept overnight in the fridge as it dries out the grains. Of course you can also use freshly boiled rice - a quick trick is to leave the rice cooker cover open after its ready for it to dry out a little.




Fried rice is a dish that you can cook in a matter of minutes. Add some nice crunchy vegetables such as green beans, French beans or fresh peas for a balanced meal. You can also add shitake mushrooms or grey oyster mushrooms if you please. Top it with a fried egg and some fried anchovies (ikan bilis).


Specially for the kiddies :)


King prawn fried rice
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves 2-3 persons

Ingredients
1 1/2 cup white rice
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2-3 shitake mushrooms, sliced thinly
50g minced pork (optional, which can be replaced with minced chicken)
1 medium onion, diced
8-10 green beans, sliced (or peas)
16 raw king prawns, peeled and deveined, with heads intact
1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced thinly
Soy sauce

To garnish
Iceberg lettuce leaves, sliced thinly
Cherry tomatoes, halved
1 fried egg, per person, cook in a separate pan

1. In a large wok over medium high heat, add the oil, onion and garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes until golden brown and fragrant.

2. Add the minced pork, green beans and mushrooms and saute for 2-3 minutes.

3. Add rice and soy sauce to taste. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Finally, add the king prawns, red chilli and cook for 1-2 minutes, they do not take long to cook.

4. Serve immediately. Top with a fried egg each and some ikan bilis.






So, what are your favorite ingredients in a bowl/plate of fried rice?

Full set of photos can be viewed on my Facebook page here. 

*This recipe was featured on Asian Food Channel Facebook page on 25 July 2012. 

28 comments:

  1. Your kids have the coolest Mum! That looks fab. Love the little mini portions in their plates!

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    1. Hehe thanks Sarah! The cuteness factor always makes them happy and wanna gobble up their food. :)

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  2. My fav. ingredient for fried rice would Chinese Sausage!! =)

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    1. Hahahahha.... I think only me and DropsofContentment don't like chinese sausage ;P

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    1. Hehe I'm sure you're never hungry with all those lovely food you get to eat everyday. ;)

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  5. one of the more nutritious fried rice recipes i've seen. i've always equated fried rice = unhealthy, since most of the fried rice i had when i was growing up was greasy and laden with starchy, processed stuff :D

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    1. Oh you mean like luncheon meat etc? We usually like putting fresh ingredients in our fried rice.

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  6. My favourite fried rice! We were having fried rice over the weekend, and I was eating the leftovers during lunch just before reading your post. Mich

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    1. I used to cook fried rice in the evenings (when I was single) and there's always some extra for work the next day too.

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  7. Hmmmm...let's see...chopped luncheon meat, carrots n julienned zucchini are my must-haves in fried rice...not forgetting a runny sunny-side on top...hehe =)

    Ur kids look mighty cute here enjoying their fried rice...hehe =)

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    1. Thanks KC! My children also love fried egg with their fried rice. The runnier the better LOL

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  8. High 5 to dislike of lap cheong! Though I also dislike plenty other things like vegetables in my fried rice...=D

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    1. Haahaha do you generally dislike eating fried vegetables?

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  9. I like kimchi and mentaiko in my fried rice. :)

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    1. Oh I like kimchi too.... but for kids, cannot really put kimchi. Too spicy for them.

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  10. Ha ! I love lap cheong ! :D My must-have in my nasi goreng is shrimp paste ! lol But I'll have some of that deliciousness , por favor ! :D Those kiddie portion looks cute and a great way to let kids eat their greens !

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    1. Ooooo I bet my mum would love shrimp paste in her fried rice. But too spicy for the kids. Surprisingly my kids love eating vegetable so I don't really need to force them to eat it.

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  11. Like Michelle I love putting kimchi in mine too and usually pair that with bacon or keep it vegetarian. Your kiddie version is too cute!

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    1. Bacon makes everything taste yummy ;)

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  12. Fried rice is also my favourite.My son would love me to use lots of "char siew" to cook with it!

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    1. Oooo char siew is good.... my hubby likes!

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  13. I used to pack fried rice to school too!
    My cantonese nanny likes to put lap chiong and char siew inside, yummy!

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    1. Hehe, ask Kenny wake up early and cook you fried rice for pack lunch LOL!!

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  14. Fried rice for my Quay Lo please. Not mini portion but giant portion! haha Love the photos of your prince and princess. They overshadowed your fried rice lah! A big bear hugs from me. When can I give them a real one? Will you bring them along this 4th August meet? The rest of the bloggers are bringing their kids.

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  15. That looks good...but same as Quay Lo, I would need a double helping...at least! LOL!!!

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  16. i like mine with loads of pepper! (though that being said, dont think its the right way to eat it hhahaha) your egg looks beautiful. i wouldnt mind it in the fired rice too. mixed.

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