Sometimes you want to spend all day in the kitchen cooking up a storm; and sometimes you just want a quick and easy meal using what’s on hand. Either way it has to taste great, right? For the quick and easy times, I love good pantry staples. I always seem to have leftover steamed rice, so Ayam’s nasi goreng paste is one of my favourite standbys.
I add whatever’s on hand (within reason), so feel free to use the below as more of a guide than a recipe and add whatever you have and feel like; including some chicken, meat or seafood instead of the choy sum and egg if you want. The paste does pack a bit of a chilli punch, so add more rice or less paste if you aren’t a fan of big chilli heat. And in the glass, I love the way Montalto riesling from the Mornington Peninsula dances with that chilli! Serves 4
1 tablespoon vegetable oil,
plus extra for pan-frying
1 red onion, halved and cut into eighths
Salt flakes, to taste
1 bunch choy sum
185g Ayam nasi goreng paste
3 cups cooked rice
4 lettuce leaves
1 Lebanese cucumber, sliced
200g grape tomatoes, halved
4 green onions, sliced
2 tablespoons deep-fried shallots
Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat, add onion and a good sprinkle of salt and cook, covered for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until starting to colour.
Meanwhile, slice the choy sum, keeping the leaves and stems separate.
Stir choy sum stems and nasi goreng paste into the onion.
Add rice, stir until well combined and cook for 3 minutes or so, stirring occasionally, until heated through.
Meanwhile, fry eggs in a little vegetable oil.
Arrange lettuce leaves on plates with cucumber and tomato on the side.
Stir choy sum leaves and green onion through rice and cook for a further minute or so, until leaves are just wilted.
Spoon rice into lettuce leaves, top with egg, sprinkle with deep-fried shallots and serve.
Roberta Muir runs Sydney Seafood School and publishes the website Food Wine Travel, where she shares her favourite recipes and latest food, wine and travel discoveries. You can sign up here to receive her regular newsletter of recipes and Top 5 favourite food, wine and travel experiences.