Simple and wholesome, nasi goreng is steamed rice fried together with chilli, shrimp paste, onions, garlic and soy sauce, with a few extras thrown in according to preference such as meat, vegetables, mushrooms, fried or scrambled eggs and slices of cucumber. Different variations of nasi goreng can be found throughout the
Nasi goreng, literally meaning "fried rice" in Indonesian and Malay, can refer simply to fried pre-cooked rice, a meal including fried rice accompanied with other items, or a more complicated fried rice, typically spiced with tamarind and chilli and including other ingredients, particularly egg and prawns.
Nasi goreng is considered the national dish of Indonesia. There are many Indonesian cuisines but few national dishes. Nasi goreng is the best of them. Indonesia's national dish knows no social barriers. It can be enjoyed in its simplest manifestation from a tin plate at a roadside warung, or food stall; eaten on porcelain in fancy restaurants, or constructed at the ubiquitous buffet tables of Jakarta dinner parties.