Fried Rice with Anchovies and Dried Shrimps ( Nasi Goreng Kampung)

There are many ways to make fried rice. And there are many names given to fried rice according to the ingredients that you put inside it. There are nasi goreng cina, nasi goreng kerabu, nasi goreng ikan masin, nasi goreng pattaya, nasi goreng ayam just to name a few. But the one I am having here is nasi goreng kampung which uses ingredients like dried ikan bilis or anchovies, dried shrimps and kangkung or water spinach. To make a good fried rice, you must make sure that the rice is not soggy or soft, but a little bit dry. It's great for breakfast, if you are hungry or dinner, if you prefer a heavy one. Do try!

5 cups cooked rice
2 big onions, pounded
4 cloves garlic, pounded
3 cili padi, pounded
2 fresh red chillies, pounded
2 handful ikan bilis, pounded
200 gm dried shrimps, pounded
1 carrot, grated finely
a handful of water spinach, take only the leaves and upper stem
1 inch belacan ( shrimp paste)
1 table spoon fish sauce
1 table spoon light soy sauce
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

1. In a pan, pour some oil and heat it. When the oil is heated, put in the pounded onions, garlic and cili padi. Stir well. Add the pounded fresh chillies and belacan. Stir until the ingredients turn aromatic.

2. Add pounded ikan bilis and dried shrimps. Stir well for about a minute.

3. Add fish sauce, soy sauce and grated carrots. Stir well.

4. Add the cooked rice and water spinach and mix all ingredients well until the rice is well coated with all the ingredients.

5. Add salt and pepper to taste.

6. Serve in a serving plate while still hot.

*serves 3-6 people

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