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May 19, 2010

Recipe for Spicy Malay Fried Rice

Filed under: Food,Philippines,Recipe — Alex @ 5:52 am

Sometimes when I have a lot of leftover rice from yesterday dinner, I will always cook spicy Malay Fried Rice. Is easy to cook and is really delicious. Most important thing about making Fried Rice, we need to use leftover rice. This is very IMPORTANT. The rice need to be kinda dry and not those newly cook rice with a lot of moist in it.

I made a picture of the ingredients that is needed to make this simple dish.


  • Left over rice from yesterday dinner ( 2 scoops )
  • Anchovies ( Dilis )
  • Egg (1)
  • Chili ( 2 pieces and chopped real fine )
  • Garlic ( 2 cloves and chopped fine )
  • Half red onion ( slice thin )
  • A bit of cabbage ( slice thin )
  • Soya sauce ( one spoon )
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat up 5 big spoon of oil in wok
  • Fried the anchovies till crispy ( Make sure fire is not big or else anchovies will get burn easily )
  • Put crispy anchovies a side
  • Scoop up the used oil and leave approximately 3 spoon of oil in the wok
  • Sauteed the garlic, follow by onion and chilli till fragrant
  • Add soya sauce
  • Add cabbage and keep mixing and stirring
  • Add the rice and continue to stir
  • Make sure all the ingredients are mixed well
  • Lower fire and create a space in the middle of the rice till we see the center of the wok
  • Put just a little bit of oil
  • Break the egg and cover it with rice
  • Turn the fire to high and wait for 40 seconds ( depend on how big is your flame )
  • Put salt ( 3 small pinches will do as the anchovies are salty enough )
  • Keep stirring and finally add some pepper and is ready to serve

This dish is commonly known as nasi goreng in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. My mom used to cook this for breakfast for my siblings before we go to school. Serve it with a cup of hot Milo, it can last you till 11am before recess time in school. It is also labeled as poor man’s as anchovies is always synonymous with poor man’s diet. But I think this meal has all the nutrients that you need. You have carbohydrate from rice, protein from anchovies and egg and lastly some vitamins from chili and cabbage. Is economically, tasty and take less than 10 minutes to prepare.

The food became so popular now that every major hotel in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia serve this dish. In hotel they would normally add meat like chicken or beef, sometimes even seafood. If you order it from a 5 star hotel, it would cost you roughly 600 pesos. I never recommend any friends to eat nasi goreng in the hotel. It is meant to cater to Puti who is afraid to eat on the road side stalls. If you get the chance to visit Singapore, ordering this dish from the road side stall would cost you only 60 pesos. And the taste would be 100 times better and more authentic.

May 17, 2010

Recipe of spicy fried bee hoon

Filed under: Food,Philippines,Recipe — Alex @ 1:07 pm

I swore when I snapped the picture of my fried bee hoon with my cell phone, the quality seems to look good on the screen. But when I transferred it to my laptop, the image seems to look very blur. I am not going to blame on my Sony Ericsson cell phone but I will blame my lack of photography skills. I will not use this reason to get an I phone myself too. I am never a big fan of cellphone and I am happy to be able to make calls, receive and send text messages.

Even though the picture is blur but I swore it tasted all right…LOL. I guess for now you just have to take my word for it. Hopefully one day I might save enough money to open a restaurant in Manila. So without further adieu, here is the simple recipe of SPICY FRIED BEE HOON.


  • One packet of Bee Hoon ( soak in water )
  • 250 gm of beef cubes ( cut into small cubes – 3 cm – 5cm )
  • Dried shrimp ( soaked in water first )
  • Half cabbage ( cut into thin slice )
  • 2 eggs
  • Red chilli ( recommended to use 3, put less if can’t take to spicy )
  • One red onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • Soya sauce – 5 teaspoon
  • Salt, sugar and pepper to taste
  • Cooking oil


  • Ground the chilli and garlic – as fine as possible
  • Slice the onion
  • Beat the eggs and then fry it like an omelet. When is ready slice the egg 1cm x 2cm


  • Heat up oil in wok
  • Put in the garlic and onion, stir fry till fragrant
  • Add in dried shrimp
  • Add beef, stir fry a little and proceed to add cilli, salt and soya sauce
  • Then add cabbage and stir fry for another 3-5 minutes, depends on how big is your fire and add sugar ( not too much )
  • Add the bee hoon and start to stir fry till all ingredient mixes well.
  • If bee hoon keeps sticking to the pan, add a little bit more oil
  • Stir fry it and keep tasting and add more salt if you wish to make it saltier. You can also use fish sauce ( patis )if you like.
  • When the all ingredients mixes well with bee hoon, make sure the bee hoon look dry. Add pepper and it is ready to be serve.

I can’t believe that I just made a post on how to cook spicy bee hoon. This is my first attempt to be giving out recipe and I hope for those of you who read it can understand it. I have to admit I find it quite fun to be posting food recipe although I felt like a 40 years old house wife while doing it. I hope to improve on my writing skills in order to give the exact instructions in the future. In the meantime, try out the recipe and I am sure you will like it. If it taste like crap, then is most probably your FAULT. Hahaha….happy cooking.

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