Indonesian Nasi Goreng

Indonesian Nasi Goreng

 

Indonesian Nasi Goreng

Indonesian Nasi Goreng

Indonesian nasi goreng is second on the list of the world’s most delicious meals (voted by CNN readers). Because its original purpose was to use up leftovers, it’s best prepared with rice from the day before and you can be creative with your choice of vegetables. Optionally, add meat or shrimp. We recommend giving tempeh a try. For any combination, the earthy aromatic taste of galangal makes this dish outstanding.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indonesian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Shopping list

  • 2-3 cups vegetables of your choice (see notes) finely chopped or thinly sliced
  • 4 cups rice cooked on a previous day
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • soy sauce or tamari (see notes)
  • agave syrup or sugar
  • vegetable oil
  • salt

Optional

  • 0.5-1 lb shrimp precooked
  • 1 bunch green onions finely sliced
  • 1 cup peanuts finely chopped
  • fish sauce or anchovy paste to taste
  • 1 lemon for juice
  • 1 cup fried onions

Nasi Goreng Culinary Spice Kit

  • Galangal, turmeric, black pepper, nutmeg, amchoor, tamarind

Instructions
 

  • In a large PAN, heat 3 tbsp oil.
  • Fry onions and garlic over medium heat until onions turn slightly brown.
  • Add vegetables and fry them over medium heat for about 5-10 minutes (see notes) until they are almost cooked.
  • Add 2 tbsp soy sauce (see notes), Nasi Goreng spices, 1 tbsp syrup, and salt to taste.

Optional

  • Add 1-2 tbsp anchovy paste or 1-2 tsp fish sauce. Add shrimp. Mix well.

Finish

  • Add the rice. Stir over medium heat until the rice is well blended with all ingredients and reheated.

Optional

  • Garnish with green onions and peanuts.
  • Sprinkle with lemon juice, fried onions, and/or add a fried egg.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Vegetables

  • For instance: carrots, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, cauliflower or broccoli florets, peas, zucchini, mung bean sprouts.
  • Leftover vegetables are fine as well. Reduce the frying time accordingly.

Soy Sauce or Tamari

  •  Substitutes with a similar taste are: coconut aminos, liquid aminos, or Worcestershire sauce.

Variations

  • Add 0.5-1 lb chicken breast or tempeh, cut into 1/4 inch strips or cubes, together with the vegetables.
  • Place a fried egg on top of the rice. 
  • Add any pickled vegetables as a side.
Keyword amchoor, galangal, nutmeg, tamarind
Goan Vindaloo

Goan Vindaloo

 

Goan Vindaloo

Goan Vindaloo

Vindaloo is a worldwide popular dish from Goa, India. Its origin is the Portuguese dish "carne de vinho e alhos" (meat cooked in wine vinegar and garlic). The sour-spicy dish came to Goa with Portuguese explorers in the 15th century and was adapted to the local taste and ingredients.
We recommend to try it with pork or lamb, though it takes a bit longer to cook. Vindaloo is usually very hot. Our spice blend has only a little kick, not hot at all. You can adjust the heat level to taste with fresh chilies.
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Goan
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Ingredients

  • 1 .25 lbs chicken thighs or breast cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 head garlic smashed or grated
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 1/4 cup vinegar wine or apple cider
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • sugar brown recommended
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Suggested Sides

  • Boiled potatoes, rice, or naan bread
  • Roasted cauliflower, cooked peas, or pickles

Optional

  • Fresh chilies to taste chopped

Culinary Spice Kit

  • Cumin, coriander, turmeric, white poppy seeds, cinnamon, cloves, Kashmiri chili

Instructions
 

Marinade

  • Season the meat with salt & pepper to taste.
  • In a BOWL, combine garlic, ginger, vinegar, mustard, chilies (optinal), and Vindaloo spices.
  • Add the meat and mix until all meat is well coated with the marinade.
  • Cover and marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes to 24 hours.

Cook

  • In a POT, heat 2 tbsp of oil over medium heat. Fry the onions until they turn brown.
  • Add meat. Fry the meat for 5 minutes over high heat, stirring constantly.
  • Cover the POT. Cook for 10 minutes over medium heat. Stir frequently.
  • Add 1 tsp sugar and 1 cup of hot water. Mix well.
  • Cook for about 30 minutes over medium-low heat until the meat is falling apart. Stir occasionally.
  • Add more sugar and/ or vinegar to taste.
  • Serve with your preferred sides.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Optionally, start with 1/8 cup vinegar for the marinade and add more vinegar to taste during the cooking.
  • Substitute the chicken with duck or with lamb or pork stew meat. Adjust the cooking time in the last step.
  • Substitute the chicken with garbanzo beans and/or cubed vegetables (for instance eggplant, cauliflower, and/or sweet potatoes).  
Keyword Kashmiri chili, white poppy seeds
Sichuan Beef

Chinese Sichuan Beef

 

Sichuan Beef

Sichuan, also known as Szechuan, is a province in China. It's the origin of Panda bears and Sichuan pepper. This spice is very common in Asian cuisine. It is not related to pepper and has a very special taste with a citrus note. Notably, Sichuan pepper creates a numbing sensation in your mouth. Try it sprinkled over your dish or use the remainder in a dish with beans or mushrooms.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb sirloin beef cut into thin strips
  • 12 oz vegetables see below, cut into thin slices
  • 6-8 oz noodles see below, cooked
  • 2 tbsp cooking sherry or wine
  • soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tsp corn starch or arrowroot
  • vegetable oil or sesame oil
  • salt

Sichuan Culinary Spice Kit

  • [1] Ginger, star anise, cinnamon, fennel, cloves
  • [2] Sichuan pepper

Suggested Vegetables

  • Broccoli, carrots, mushrooms

Suggested Noodles

  • Lo mein or any long thick noodles

Instructions
 

Marinade

  • In a BOWL, mix beef with 1/4 cup soy sauce, Sichuan [1] spices, and up to half of the Sichuan [2] spices.
  • Let marinate for 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Cook

  • In a large PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over high heat.
  • Stir-fry beef (keep the marinade for later) for about 1 minute until it changes color.
  • Take the beef out and set aside.
  • In the same PAN, add 2 tbsp oil. Stir-fry vegetables over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Add 1 tbsp soy sauce and sherry halfway.
  • Add 1 cup of water, the marinade, and salt to taste.
  • Cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes until the vegetables are just cooked.
  • Dissolve starch in 1 tbsp water. Add the slurry to the PAN. Mix well. 
  • Stir in the noodles. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes.
  • Return the beef and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes until it's just cooked.
  • Sprinkle some Sichuan [2] spices on the plated meal (optional).
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute beef with chicken breast.
  • Substitute beef with tofu (see below).
Sichuan Tofu
  • Cut tofu into 1/2-inch cubes.
  • Mix the marinade without the tofu.
  • Drain the tofu for 30 minutes in a large strainer.
  • In cooking step 1), bake the tofu in the OVEN at 350°F until it turns brown. Set aside.
  • Continue with steps 2) to 4) without changes.
  • In step 5) substitute beef for tofu.
Keyword cinnamon, ginger, Sichuan pepper, star anise
Sichuan Hotpot

Chinese Sichuan Hotpot

 

Sichuan Hotpot

Warming hotpot is one of the most popular dishes of the Chinese province Sichuan (aka Szechuan). The Sichuanese love to get together with family and friends spending hours sitting around the simmering pot, eating, and chatting.
Asian groceries offer hotpot bases with ingredients like monosodium glutamate and artificial flavors. The mild SpiceBreeze hotpot seasoning uses only pure and freshly ground spices.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 2 quarts bone broth homemade or good quality store-bought
  • 1 can tomato paste 6 oz
  • 2 small onions finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic grated or pressed
  • 1 inch ginger sliced
  • 1-2 tbsp sugar or honey, or syrup
  • salt
  • vegetable oil
  • 4 strainer cups or slotted spoons

Hotpot Culinary Spice Kit

  • Fennel, star anise, cloves, cinnamon, black peppercorn, Sichuan peppercorn (not recommended during pregnancy)

Suggested Dipping Ingredients

  • ▪ thinly sliced meat of your liking
  • ▪ large shrimp, sliced fish filet, or squid
  • ▪ a variety of mushrooms, bok choy, savoy or napa cabbage, (sweet) potatoes, mung bean sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli florets

Suggested Sides

  • ▪ cilantro, green onions, watercress, radish
  • ▪ dipping sauces (see notes)

Instructions
 

  • In a medium POT, heat 1/4 cup of oil.
  • Fry onions over medium-low heat until translucent.
  • Add garlic and ginger.
  • Fry for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add tomato paste, 1 tbsp sugar, and Hotpot spices.
  • Stir-fry for 5 minutes.
  • Add broth, and salt and sugar to taste.
  • Mix well. Bring to a boil. Turn off.

Serve

  • Place POT on a small stove in the center of the dining table. Keep the soup gently boiling.
  • Place your choice of dipping ingredients, dipping sauces, and sides on separate plates around it.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Variations
  • Add chili peppers to taste to half of or all of the pot.
  • Substitute tomato paste with 1 cup of beer.
Alternative Dishes
Use the Hotpot spices for one of these recipes:
Sichuan beef (Use all of the Hotpot spices per recipe.)
Dublin spice bag (Use all of the Hotpot spices per recipe and add chili powder to taste.)
Taiwanese ló͘-bah-png (Use about 1 tbsp of the Hotpot spices per recipe.)
Basic Dipping Sauces
  • Mix 1 tbsp each of soy sauce or tamari, rice or apple cider vinegar, and water. Optionally, add to taste green onions, cilantro, ginger, garlic, chilis (all finely chopped), or make several sauces with different combinations.
  • Mix 1/2 cup each of tahini, soy sauce or tamari, and rice or apple cider vinegar. Add 1-2 cups of water to taste. Optionally, add sugar, mustard, and/or sesame seeds to taste.
  • Mix 1/4 cup each of minced garlic, lemon juice, and vegetable oil. Add salt to taste.
Keyword cinnamon, fennel, Sichuan pepper, star anise
Malaysian Laksa Lemak

Malaysian Laksa Lemak

 

Malaysian Laksa Lemak

Malaysian Laksa Lemak

Coconut milk adds sweetness to the famous Malaysian Laksa soup and balances its sour-salty-hot flavor. In this adapted recipe shrimp paste and fish sauce are substituted with easier to find anchovy paste and tamari or soy sauce. For a fish-free version of this delicious fragrant soup, skip the anchovy paste, substitute shrimp with chicken or tofu.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Malaysian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb fresh shrimp
  • 2 cups mung bean sprouts
  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 oz rice noodles
  • 1 cup shallots sliced
  • 1 inch ginger chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1-2 lime or lemon for juice
  • tamari or soy sauce
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Laksa Culinary Spice Kit

  • Lemongrass, galangal, turmeric, makrut lime, lime peel, chili

Optional

  • anchovy paste or fish sauce
  • fresh cilantro or mint leaves
  • fresh chilies sliced

Instructions
 

Spice Paste

  • In a BLENDER or small FOOD PROCESSOR, add ginger, garlic, shallots, nuts, Laksa spices, 2 tbsp tamari, and 1 tsp oil.
  • Blend until it becomes a smooth paste.
  • Add a bit of coconut milk if necessary.

Cook

  • Prepare noodles according to package instructions.
  • In a POT, heat 2 tbsp oil. Fry the spice paste for 2 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring constantly.
  • Add broth, coconut milk, bean sprouts, and shrimp.
  • Bring to a boil. Cook 5 minutes.
  • Add chilies to taste (opt.) and 1/4 cup lime juice or more to taste.
  • Adjust saltiness to taste with tamari or soy sauce, and/or anchovy paste or fish sauce.

Serve

  • To serve, fill noodles in individual bowls and add the soup.
  • Optionally, garnish with chopped cilantro or mint leaves.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute shrimp with small cubes of chicken, white fish, or tofu, or mix them.
  • Substitute bean sprouts with bamboo shoots or finely sliced cabbage.
  • Substitute macadamia nuts with peanuts or almonds.
  • Substitute noodles with cooked rice.
 
Keyword galangal, lemongrass, makrut lime
Cambodian Amok

Cambodian Amok

Amok

Cambodian Amok

Amok is a national dish of Cambodia. The most common version is Amok Trey with fish in a fresh coconut sauce seasoned with lemongrass, galangal, and makrut limes. 

Select Your Ingredients

Typical vegetables are local green Nhor leaves which are slightly bitter. You can make this dish with your favorite protein and vegetables. You can even add some fresh pineapples.

Variations
  • Substitute fish with sirloin beef, tofu, or more vegetables. 
  • For the beef: Cut the sirloin beef into 1/4-inch thin strips. Fry beef strips in oil over high heat to the desired doneness. Add the fried beef strips to the finished amok dish.
  • For the tofu:
    (1) Prepare: Drain the tofu for 30 minutes. Cut the tofu into half-inch cubes.
    (2) Optionally, bake tofu in the OVEN at 350°F for 2o minutes, turning tofu halfway. This gives the tofu an extra crunch.
    (3) Substitute tofu for fish. Add the tofu, leaves, and remaining coconut cream altogether. Bring to a boil. Cook over medium-low heat until the leaves are soft. 
  • Substitute green leaves with bok choy, mushrooms, green asparagus, bell pepper, and/or napa cabbage.
The Amok Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:

Lemongrass, galangal, lemon, turmeric, makrut lime, chili flakes, basil, bay leaves, lime peel

Amok

Cambodian Amok

Amok is a national dish of Cambodia. The most common version is Amok Trey with fish in a fresh coconut sauce seasoned with lemongrass, galangal, and makrut limes. Typical vegetables are local green Nhor leaves which are slightly bitter. You can make this dish with your favorite protein and vegetables. You can even add fresh pineapples.
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cambodian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb fish filet*) or chicken thighs cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1 can coconut cream 13.5 oz
  • 1 bunch green leaves mustard, collard, or dandelion, roughly sliced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic sliced
  • cooked rice
  • vegetable or coconut oil salt

Optional (to taste)

  • lime or lemon juice
  • tamari or soy sauce or fish sauce
  • fresh red chilies chopped
  • fresh pineapple bite-size chunks

Amok Culinary Spice Kit

  • Lemongrass, galangal, lemon, turmeric, makrut lime, chili flakes, basil, bay leaves, lime peel 

Instructions
 

  • In a large PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium-low heat.
  • Fry onions with a pinch of salt until they turn translucent.
  • Add garlic and fry for 1 minute.
  • Add 1/2 cup of the coconut cream and Amok spices. Mix well.
  • Add fish or chicken and salt to taste.
  • Mix well. Cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add leaves and remaining coconut cream. Cover. Bring to a boil.
  • Cook over medium-low heat until the leaves are soft and the fish or chicken is cooked.
  • Serve amok with rice.
  • Optionally, add pineapple and/ or season to taste with lime juice, tamari or fish sauce, and/ or fresh chilies.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

*) for instance: snapper, cod, or tilapia
▪ Substitute fish with sirloin beef, tofu, or more vegetables. 
▪ Substitute green leaves with bok choy, mushrooms, green asparagus, bell pepper, and/or napa cabbage.
Keyword galangal, lemongrass, makrut lime