Java fried rice

“Javanese Fried Rice”

Owing this recipe to my site visitor, Babette, she asked me if I have Java fried rice last Thursday. So, this dish was cooked specially for her. Of course, we were the ones who got to eat the rice (chuckling).

The Java-style fried rice is spicy flavour. I added curry powder, but it was not where the spiciness comes from. It was the sambal belacan (aka shrimp paste chili) that contributed to the spiciness. You may vary the amount of sambal belacan, to your preference. Both curry powder and sambal belanca made this fried rice an extra flavoursome one!

Javanese fried rice has to go with prawn crackers (translation in Malay: keropok), as their traditional way of eating fried rice. A traditional Java fried rice also includes ingredients of chicken, shrimps, cabbages and bean sprouts. I added squids to make it a seafood version.

2 large bowl of cold cooked rice (frozen rice is good)
8 medium shrimps/ prawns, shelled
2 pieces chicken fillet, diced
1 small squid, sliced
1 cup of cabbage, cut into small pieces
1 cup of bean sprout
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 shallot, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 tablespoon of meat curry powder
1 tablespoon of ‘sambal belacan’ (shrimp paste chili)

1 tablespoon of water
2 tablespoon of oil

Handful of Prawn crackers

1) Heat up wok with oil with high fire. Add garlic and shallot, fry for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.

2) Add chicken, squid and shrimps, and stir-fry for 3 min. Add cabbages and bean sprout. Stir-fry for another 1 min.

3) Add in curry powder, and sprinkle some water.

4) Add rice. Use a wooden spoon to break up the rice. Continue to stir-fry for 3 min. Mix in sambal belacan. Toss often, till well-combined.

5) When rice is heated through, push aside, leave a space and add in beaten egg.

6) When egg is half cooked, mix well with rice. Toss till well-combined. Heat off, and serve with prawn crackers.

It took me 30 min to serve this meal. We like its robust flavour, even my little girl. Of course, sambal belancan is too spicy for her. Hence, I scoped up a small portion for her, before sambal belacan was added.

This fried rice counts about 550 kcal for a plate of decent portion.

Tips: Skip the sambal belacan, if it’s too spicy for you, replace with adding pinch of salt to taste.