Indonesian Beef Fried Rice

From Deborah Palmer of A Movable Feast

A sweet, simple, tasty dish. Ingredients are basic. Preparation is a cinch. Flavours are a palate-friendly combo of familiar and exotic. This one is a sure winner for both adults and kids to make and eat. 


  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 zucchini, halved lengthwise and chopped
  • 2 cups (6 oz.) sliced mushrooms
  • 8 oz ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp each, ketchup and soy sauce (or 1/4 cup ketjap manis, a sweet Indonesian soy sauce)
  • 2 tsp each, brown sugar and paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili paste or hot pepper flakes (optional or to taste)
  • 3 cups cooked rice


Large tomato cut in wedges
Half long cucumber thinly sliced
Egg strips (see method)


  1. In small non-stick pan, put 1 tsp oil.
  2. Add one well-beaten egg; swirl round to cover pan.
  3. Cook 2 minutes or till set.
  4. Flip. Cook other side for 1 minute.
  5. Cook and slice into strips for garnish. Set aside.
  6. In a large skillet or wok over medium heat, cook onion, garlic, zucchini and mushrooms for 8 to 10 minutes, until starting to brown.
  7. Add beef. Cook and break up any chunks until it is no longer pink.
  8. Add ketchup, soy sauce (or ketjap manis), brown sugar, paprika and chili.
  9. Cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes on low heat.
  10. Stir in rice. Reduce heat to very low.
  11. Cook, stirring gently for 3 to 5 minutes or until heated through.

Garnish and serve.

Posted on September 9, 2015 and filed under main course.