Bitter Beans Fried Rice

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Adjust Servings:
2 cups Cooked rice cooled and slightly dry (or over night rice)
1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
1 Shallot thinly sliced
2 Cloves Garlic minced
1 Fresh red chili pepper thinly sliced (adjust based on spice preference)
10 Bitter beans peeled and halved
1 Egg beaten
1/4 cup Sweet soy sauce
1 tablespoon Oyster sauce
1/2 teaspoon Shrimp paste (terasi)
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
to taste Salt
to taste Pepper

Nutritional information

35 g
Total carbohydrates
10 g
20 g
Total fat

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Bitter Beans Fried Rice

Nasi goreng petai

  • 25 minutes
  • Serves 2
  • Easy




Dive into Bold Flavors: Craft Authentic Indonesian (Bitter Beans Fried Rice) Nasi Goreng Petai for Two!

Ready to embark on a culinary adventure to Indonesia with a fiery twist? This Nasi Goreng Petai recipe, designed for two, captures the essence of street food magic with its unique blend of savory, spicy, and slightly bitter flavors. The star ingredient, petai (bitter beans), adds a distinct aroma and umami depth, making this fried rice experience truly unforgettable. So, grab your wok and get ready to ignite your taste buds!


  • Wear gloves when handling petai (bitter beans) as their odor can linger on your hands.
  • You can substitute shrimp paste with anchovies or fish sauce for a vegetarian option.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Unleash the Indonesian Fire: Craft Authentic Bitter Beans Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng Petai) in 25 Minutes!

Experience the bold flavors of Indonesian street food with this Nasi Goreng Petai recipe for two. Savory fried rice dances with the unique aroma of petai (bitter beans), creating a spicy, slightly bitter, and unforgettable culinary adventure. Follow our step-by-step guide and adjust the spice level to your preference. Get ready to ignite your taste buds and explore the magic of Indonesian cuisine!



Heat the oil in a wok or large pan over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic, and cook until fragrant and slightly golden brown.


Add the chili pepper and stir-fry for another minute. Add bitter beans (petai) at this stage and cook until slightly softened, releasing their unique aroma. Be aware of the strong odor.


Push the aromatics to the side of the pan and pour in the beaten egg. Scramble until cooked through, then break it up and mix with the aromatics.


Add the cooked rice and stir-fry everything together for a few minutes, breaking up any clumps of rice.


Pour in the sweet soy sauce (kecap manis), oyster sauce, shrimp paste, and turmeric powder. Stir-fry until well combined and the rice is evenly coated in the sauce.


Season with salt and pepper to taste. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed, adding more sweet soy sauce for sweetness, oyster sauce for umami, or chili for heat.


Plate your Bitter Beans Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng Petai) and garnish with your chosen additions like chopped green beans, fried shallots, crackers (kerupuk), chili paste (sambal), or a squeeze of lime juice. Enjoy the bold flavors and unique aroma of this authentic Indonesian dish!


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