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Masterful meals: Masterchef 2014 Champion Ping Coombes’s nasi goreng with sambal belacan

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Ping Coombes's nasi goreng with sambal belacan is exciting new territory for those new to Indonesian cuisine Ping Coombes's nasi goreng with sambal belacan is exciting new territory for those new to Indonesian cuisine

Ping Coombes’s nasi goreng with sambal belacan is exciting new territory for those new to Indonesian cuisine

Nasi goreng literally means ‘fried rice’ in Indonesian.

Serves 4

For the chicken satay

2tbsp coconut milk1tsp ground turmeric½tsp ground cumin1tsp salt1tsp sugar300g (10½oz) boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces1tsp vegetable oil

For the sambal belacan paste

2 finger-length red chillies, chopped4 garlic cloves3 round shallots, peeled½tsp shrimp pasteVegetable oil

For the fried rice

150g (5½oz) raw king prawns, peeled and deveined60g (2oz) green beans, cut into bite-sized pieces400g (14oz) cooked white rice2tbsp soy sauce, plus extra to serve1tsp tamarind concentrate½tsp sugarSalt and black pepper4 eggsPrawn crackers, to serveCoriander leaves, to garnish

Submerge 10-15 bamboo skewers in water and leave to soak overnight. Mix the satay marinade ingredients in a bowl.

Add the chicken pieces, cover with clingfilm, and leave in the fridge for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Remove the chicken from the fridge 20 minutes before cooking and divide between the skewers. 

Preheat the oven to 150°C/fan 130°/gas 2. Brush the chicken with oil and fry in a pan for 3-4 minutes each side, until cooked. Keep warm in the oven.

Blend the sambal belacan ingredients in a food processor with 1tbsp vegetable oil until smooth. Heat 2tbsp vegetable oil in a pan and fry the paste for 5 minutes, until fragrant and the oil separates from the mixture. 

Add more oil if the paste is sticking. Add the prawns and green beans. Mix well with the sambal belacan. 

When the prawns turn pink, add the rice, soy sauce, tamarind, and sugar. Fry for 5 minutes, then season. 

While the rice mixture is cooking, heat 1tbsp of oil in a large nonstick frying pan over a medium heat, and fry the eggs. Serve the rice with prawn crackers and chicken skewers, topped with a fried egg and chopped coriander. 

Extracted from MasterChef: The Classics With a Twist, published by DK on 4 October, £25. Recipe and images © Shine TV Limited, 2018. Offer price £20 until 20/10/18. Order at mailshop.co.uk/books or call 0844 571 0640, p&p free on orders over £15.  

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