Wikipedia interpreted Fried rice (Chinese: 炒飯; pinyin: chǎo fàn) as a Chinese dish of steamed rice that has been stir-fried in a wok and, usually, mixed with other ingredients, such as eggs, vegetables, and meat, and as such, often served as a complete dish.
Yangzhou fried rice or Yeung Chow (Young Chow) fried rice is a popular Chinese-style wok fried rice dish in many Chinese restaurants throughout the world.
Rice is the staple food in Asia and fried rice could have been created from leftover rice and other ingredients charred together. Many popular varieties of fried rice have their own specific list of ingredients. In Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, fried rice is known as Nasi Goreng which comes with fried egg and can be spicy or non spicy. The Indonesian fried rice tends to be sweeter as sweet soya sauce is a key ingredient.
There are all sorts of nasi goreng. In fact another name of Nasi Goreng (fried rice) is Nasi Campur (translated as mixed rice). You can create your own fried rice by mixing all sorts of ingredients such as prawns, eggs, chicken, beef, mixed veggies, peas, etc with rice and fried together till aromatic. For flavouring, you could add curry powder, laksa powder, tom yum. chicken/beef stock, ikan bilis (dried anchovies), belacan (dried shrimp paste) to taste.
Is Nasi Goreng from Singapore? Malaysia? Indonesia?
Indonesian Nasi Goreng can be differentiated by the use of sweet soya sauce but Nasi Goreng in Singapore and Malaysia are basically the same.
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