11 Jan2010


Post holiday lunch for three at the beach. Between visits of relatives and friends and associated bountiful meals, we decided on a simple lunch of comfort food. A large overturned bowl of nasi goreng in blue Balinese ceramic bowls, served with a small fried bangus (yes, fried in fish pan), a salad of shredded green mango with bagoong, and a plate full of assorted Momofuku style pickles (more on these in a future post). I always associate overturned bowls of rice with my childhood, as my mom used to do this when she served certain dishes, and I liked the shape of the rice. Is that bizarre? :) The meal may be simple, but that’s no reason to make it plain.


The nasi goreng had some shrimps and chicken, and is a bit on the spicy side with lots of sambal “ABC”. The chopsticks are to pick up the pickles and the green mango salad. The spoon for the rice, in a manner similar to the way it is often served in Indonesia. Mrs. MM had a fried egg with hers, The Teen and Marketman went without.


The mixture of tasty rice with protein imbedded, the fried bangus, the sour and salty green mango salad and the sweet fresh pickles hit all the right notes for a simple but satisfying lunch.




  1. diday says:

    What a combination! My chicken sopas is still not ready but I WANT the fried bangus and green mango salad.

    Jan 11, 2010 | 5:50 pm


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  3. atbnorge says:

    You’re not alone with the shape of the rice, MM, I love looking at them and have a fancy or partiality on the rounded rice especially when they’re cooked just about—umph, you know? I also love the brown rice when they split, it tickles the tongue and palate that if it’s possible to chew them one by one—I would have done it….Not so keen on nasi goreng, though. But the daing na bangus and the green mango salad—sublime, simply sublime.

    Jan 11, 2010 | 5:56 pm

  4. millet says:

    just the thought of those pickles is making my mouth water.

    Jan 11, 2010 | 7:00 pm

  5. mdg says:

    love it!

    Jan 11, 2010 | 7:48 pm

  6. Connie C says:

    In my brother’s household, the size of the mound of rice, frequently served that way at his dinner table is a good calorie measure for some members of his family who need to watch his/her calorie intake. When there are guests, rice is tactfully served in individual Japanese rice bowls. Then no one knows who is watching calories, but then, can’t one tell?

    Jan 11, 2010 | 7:51 pm

  7. giancarlo says:

    nakakagutom. although the fish is a little too fried for my taste.

    Jan 11, 2010 | 7:57 pm

  8. natie says:

    i like my fried fish extra crispy…YUM!! great lunch!

    Jan 11, 2010 | 9:16 pm

  9. Gina says:

    What’s the white thing beside the pickles, MM? Looks like Greek yogurt?

    Jan 11, 2010 | 9:42 pm

  10. kate says:

    Yummy as usual, MM :) I really like how your nasi goreng looks that I googled a recipe to try out one of these days.

    Jan 11, 2010 | 9:45 pm

  11. precious says:

    mukha atang magagwa ko yan sa weekend, may sambal pedas ako sa loob ng ref…

    Jan 11, 2010 | 9:56 pm

  12. jacob's_human says:

    I missed the freshly-caught, fried bangus. What we have here in Toronto are the teeny tiny frozen kind. And the already cooked ones from Filipino stores are fried to a crisp.

    My mother fries her bangus in a way that it’s got the right amount of crispiness on the exposed flesh and skin, but it’s juicy and tender inside. So good with sinamak.

    Jan 11, 2010 | 10:26 pm

  13. Angela says:

    Why must you torture me like this? It’s 8:45am and I was going to be content with scrambled eggs and toast, but now I’m craving bangus and green mango salad. . .

    Jan 12, 2010 | 12:55 am

  14. chinachix says:

    menu + tabletop design = visual delight! now i’m craving for fried bangus….

    Jan 12, 2010 | 1:51 am

  15. Vicky Go says:

    Yummo! Not too crazy about nasi goreng – but everything else -= i just love, love, love & miss sooooo much!

    Jan 12, 2010 | 2:40 am

  16. RobKSA says:

    @giancarlo’s comments about how the fish is fried, correct me if I’m wrong MM but it seems its a Cebu thing to have well fried chicken or fish? I mean when folks from Cebu fries chicken or fish its too fried for other folks?

    Jan 12, 2010 | 2:53 am

  17. rosemarie says:

    you mentioned about Momofuku. David Chang had his Momofuku books on sale at Costco two months ago and boy when I saw it- did not hesitate to buy one. Just love his dumplings. Everytime my family comes for a visit- momofuku is one of the must eat list. I even dreamt that there is already a franchise in the philippines when I will visit by 2010. thanks for featuring nasi goreng- used to eat a lot when i was in brunei. thanks again.

    Jan 12, 2010 | 4:34 am

  18. Diwata says:

    I LOVE THE blue Balinese ceramic bowls…. My favorite colour..

    Jan 12, 2010 | 7:07 am

  19. emsy says:

    fish with green mango salad always makes for a homey lunch. yum!

    Jan 12, 2010 | 7:50 am

  20. steph says:

    i love your bowls and placemats!!!

    Jan 12, 2010 | 10:52 am

  21. farida says:

    Yummy. I love my fried bangus crisp and I dip it in vinegar/soysauce mix. Lami kaayo. Come to think of it, I have not had bangus for a looong time. Must get me one soon. Love the food combination, MM.

    Jan 12, 2010 | 12:34 pm

  22. Marie says:

    I’ve the same thing about rice. I think it goes back to my favorite childhood memory of getting my first Aristocrat bbq chicken meal when I was 2. It came with a bright-orange, ball-shaped java rice which fascinated me to no end. I’m not a huge rice person, but, whenever someone presents me a “rice bundok”, I always eat it up.

    Jan 12, 2010 | 1:15 pm

  23. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    I’ll have everything, please!!!

    Jan 12, 2010 | 2:28 pm

  24. iya says:

    I always associate overturned bowls of rice with my childhood—> me too! when i didnt want to eat at home, my mom would do that to the rice and say, “o ayan, parang sa restaurant ka na rin kumain!” kain naman ako. such a gullible kid i was. hihihihi. but it was fun. :p

    Jan 12, 2010 | 4:40 pm


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