Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng is the Indonesian version of fried rice, and I find it extra delicious because Indonesia is such a wonderful fusion center for many different Asian cultures, and that fusion extends to its cuisine. This dish has a bit of China and a bit of India all squished together in a delightful medley. And did you know, despite its name, fried rice when you make it at home is actually rather good for you? There is not much "fried" about it, actually, and needn't be much fat at all. Regrettably, I was so ravenous when I was making this that I forgot to take pictures til the end. But hopefully it is simple enough that you will attempt it with just my words and this end result to tempt you:

Ingredients-please note how elastic the ingredient list can be. You can change them moderately to suit your taste, and the proportions can be altered as well. This is just what I've found best works for my palate.

2 cups cooked rice (day old rice is best for any fried rice dish)
3 tbsp olive oil
1 cup chopped turkey ham (regular ham will also suffice, or you can use 6 slices of bacon, but some form of smoked meat is essential to get the wonderful flavor melding you want)
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, diced
1/2 tsp chili powder (alter as you see fit)
2 tsp curry powder
2 cooked chicken breasts, chopped
6 tbsp soy sauce
6 scallions, chopped
1 cup cooked, peeled shrimp (i sometimes add more than this and cut down to 1 chicken breast if I'm feeling shrimpy)
1/2 cup toasted almonds
1 cup chopped cilantro

1. Heat olive oil in a large wok or skillet and brown ham. Or, if using bacon, skip the oil and fry the bacon til crispy and remove. Remove the meat from the skillet and add the onions and garlic, cooking on low til soft. Add the spices and stir 1 minute.
2. Add the chicken and cook a few minutes to meld the flavors. Add the soy sauce and ham back in to the mixture and stir, along with half of the rice.
3. Add the shrimp and scallions and stir until heated through. Top with cilantro and almonds and serve.
You'll never want to eat simple Chinese fried rice again.

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