Malaysian fried rice such as Nasi goreng USA is a little spicy and requires a bit more preparation than the usual plate of fried rice. Both the fried rice and the accompanying meat dish are tomato sauce based with a hint of spiciness. They complement each other perfectly.
“Nasi goreng” simply means fried rice but Nasi goreng USA is more than the usual fried rice which we are accustomed to. Some believe that USA represents the ingredients that are used in the dish which are 'udang' (prawns), 'sotong' (squid) and 'ayam' (chicken). There is another explanation stating that USA actually refers to the characteristics of the dish which has tomatoes, fried egg, cucumber and sometimes sausages.
If you already have some chilli paste at home, it would come in handy for this recipe. This scrumptious fried rice is more popular than those usually sold at the stalls in Malaysia. You may check out how to prepare the chilli paste here Cili Boh. Reduce the amount of chilli paste for less spiciness.
Nasi Goreng USA is also known as: Malaysian Ketchup Fried Rice
Heat a pan and fry minced garlic and ginger slices. Add chilli paste and saute till fragrant. Add chicken meat and stir-fry until it is almost cooked. Add onions and capsicums and stir-fry until they are fragrant.
Add ketchup and oyster sauce. Add some water and allow to simmer over medium heat. Add tomatoes. Cook until the gravy thickens. Leave aside.
In a clean wok, heat oil to stir-fry garlic and onions until soft and fragrant. Add chilli paste and diced carrots. Stir-fry for about 2 minutes at high heat.
Add cold rice (cooked overnight) and ketchup. Quickly stir the rice to mix it evenly. Add soy sauce and a dash of white pepper. Give the dish a few more stirs. Then, serve together with the side dish prepared earlier. Garnish with cucumber and tomato slices.