This famous Indonesian fried rice is bursting with umami goodness, and the addition of beef mince keeps the prep and cook time to a minimum. Ideal for weeknights, this sweet and savoury stir-fried dish is quick and simple to make. You could even top it with a fried egg for even more authentic deliciousness!
2 tbsp vegetable oil, plus 1 extra teaspoon
250g (1/2 lb) beef mince (ground beef)
1 onion, sliced
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 long red chilli, finely chopped
½ tsp shrimp paste
1 beef stock cube, crumbled
4 cups cooked rice
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp kecap manis or sweet dark soy sauce
¼ cup fried shallots
sliced cucumber, to serve
sliced tomato, to serve
sambal oelek*, to serve
Heat the vegetable oil in a wok over high heat. Add the beef and sear for 4-5 minutes to develop a deep crust. Then flip, break up and stir-fry until almost cooked.
Add the onion and stir-fry for 3 minutes or until the onion has softened. Then add in the garlic and chilli and stir-fry for another few seconds.
Move the ingredients to the side and add the extra teaspoon of oil. Then add the shrimp paste and move it around in the oil to dissolve it a little before mixing it through the remaining ingredients. Stir through the crumbled beef stock cube. Add the rice, soy sauce and kecap manis. Stir-fry until well combined. Remove from heat and divide among serving bowls.
Sprinkle over the fried shallots. Serve with cucumber, tomato and sambal oelek.
– Sambal oelek is a chilli paste that can be found in the Asian aisle at most supermarkets or from an Asian grocery store.