• Preparing the rice fields

    Once the rice is harvested, the farmer ploughs the fields again so it is ready for the
    seedlings to be planted

  • Planting seedlings

    The seedlings are planted in neat rows in the wet fields, also known as paddies.

  • Green rice fields

    Once the seedlings are planted they will grow into lush green plants creating a wonderful
    sight, such as the rice fields in Jatiluwih.

  • Harvesting rice

    It is important that the rice is harvested on time, so farmers will join hands and help each
    other during this busy period.

Nasi Goreng, Indonesia's mouth watering national dish made in various ways...

Nasi Goreng can be considered Indonesia’s national dish and is already widely available in the rest of Asia.

Almost every Bali restaurant or food stall offers this delicious Indonesian dish on the menu from morning till night but it’s prepared differently wherever you go. Even on Java island it looks and tastes different than the one found on Bali.

Nasi means ‘rice’ and Goreng means ‘fried’. It doesn't mean that the entire meal is oily though, it's more stir-fried.

You might think that it sounds like a boring dish but you will be surprised how it can vary; it can include some satay, fried crackers called ‘krupuk’, fried egg, pieces of shredded chicken..

Just to make it look good you’ll often get some spring onions as garnishing and raw pieces of cucumber and tomato. The dish with the fried egg on top is often called Nasi Goreng Special.


nasi goreng special
Selamat Makan!


One of my favorites is the Seafood version with shrimp (udang) and squid (cumi cumi) and lots of spices. You should go for it if you love seafood.

The Balinese often eat the dish in the morning because it is easily made from cooked rice left over from the evening before.

Leftovers or cold rice is the best type of rice you can use to prepare this dish, it doesn’t stick when you put it in the wok and add soy sauce (ketjap manis), shallots, garlic and chillies (sambal oelek). These are the basic ingredients.

Until now I have never met anyone who didn't like this dish. Friends and family that come over to Indonesia always give it a try and some of them are hooked instantly and order it for breakfast, lunch and dinner…. Seriously, I'm not kidding.


rice harvesting outside ubud bali
Rice harvesting just outside Ubud


Luckily nasi goreng very simple to prepare. If you want to give it a try before you come to the Bali or you are hooked too after trying it during your holiday, all you need are the following ingredients:

350 gr. cold leftover rice

2 Tbs. Vegetable Oil

3 Eggs

1 Onion

2 Green Chillies or two teaspoons of Sambal Oelek (depending on how spicy you like it)

1 Garlic Clove

1 Leek

250 gr. chicken meat or 250 gr. mini prawns

3 Tbs. soy sauce (kecap manis)

Start with making an omelette with the three eggs, slice it into strips when ready. Heat oil in the wok or frying pan and add chopped onion, garlic, leek and chillies.

Fry for a couple of minutes before adding the sliced chicken or mini-prawns. Stir well until the chicken or prawn is cooked.

Finally add the rice and soya sauce and mix it well with the strips of omelette. For the finishing touch add some slice of cucumber, tomato and krupuk. If you haven’t added any meat to the dish you can always serve satay on the side.

Selamat Makan! (Enjoy your meal)

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