Easy Nasi Goreng at home

It’s been several weeks since I started prepping for a series of travel diaries featuring Bali, Indonesia, and I’m happy to say that apart from the video I’m just about ready to write about it now. My friend Gilbert would be dancing in his seat right now after reading that phrase because I’m a bazillion months late in sharing our travel story with you, and he has been expecting this post to go live for quite some time already. Better late than never I guess?

So get the blog into the vibe of an Indonesian/Balinese exploration, I wanted to share a recipe for Nasi Goreng. It’s practically the national rice dish of Indonesia after all. Most Asian countries would have one or two rice dishes to identify them by and for Indonesia it’s Nasi Goreng. We ate this dish a bunch of times during our meals while we were in Bali, and while this recipe isn’t an exact replica of those you can eat pretty much everywhere in Indonesia, it’s still a yummy version of the dish.

I did a little research and according to my fried Wiki this dish was created by an Indonesian, though it is also a staple in both Malaysia and Singapore. Literally translated it simply means “Fried Rice”, and just like any other fried rice dish it’s easy to put together and a tasty addition during any meal!
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The cheat’s 15-minute “Japanese” meal

Japanese cuisine is one of my favourites in the world. If I lived next door to an Omakase or even Sakura you would probably see me in there every other day! Luckily Manila does have its fair share of great Japanese restaurants. But as much as it would be great to eat out that often, reality is it simply is not practical. Back in my university and early working days, I would watch my allowance disappear over the week just from eating out or even eating at the cafeteria.

The other thing most people don’t have aside from that much disposable income is time to whip up really authentic Japanese dishes, especially on a weekday. Luckily with the rising popularity of ramen and katsu restaurants around the metro, some food brands have also produced some make-at-home ready-to-eat versions of these dishes. What’s more is that not only are they convenient, they take very little time, effort, or even cooking skill to prepare. Great for a quick food fix when you’re tired at the end of the day.

There’s this new product from Bounty Fresh called Top Torikatsu I recently got to try, and it’s a frozen version of the popular Japanese breaded chicken cutlet with a thin layer of golden breading on the outside. I was surprised to find this lean and juicy chicken meat inside that was actually quite tasty; a break from the usual image and quality of most frozen foods. This just goes to show that Bounty Fresh takes the quality of their poultry and products seriously.

I decided to make some Japanese-inspired fried rice to go along with the Bounty Fresh Top Torikatsu, and what a lovely pairing they made!
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