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Food combination is now a trend and I am thinking of green, spicy,  American, sushi and beef today. I know it is so random but I am finding my way to execute my imagination. Then I decided to cook this dish. To be honest, I am enjoying the process of cooking rather than eating. Okay, let me explain what is exactly I am making here. This dish is food combination from two different popular foods which come from two different countries, they are; fried rice from Indonesia and frinkadellen from German. Let me give a quick information about these two popular foods!

Fried rice (literally called as Nasi Goreng in Indonesia) is one of Indonesian traditional food where you can find it everywhere from the food stall beside the street, small restaurant, even until fancy restaurant in the hotel. This food is labeled as national food of Indonesia because it is simple to make and can be eat for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner. Indonesian fried rice is typically spicy because it uses chili as one of the main ingredients. Usually the food street vendors turn the chili into sambal (typically mixture of chili, garlic, shallot, salt, and oil) which let them to cook easier and even make the food taste better.

Frinkadellen (which also well known as Buletten or Fleischpflanzln) is one of authentic German main dish where it usually serve with mash potatoes, salad, and sauces. Same as fried rice, this food can be simply served everywhere, from a plain kitchen at home, restaurant, or even in pub as a companion of beer. The main ingredient of this food is meat where we can use any kind of meat started from beef, veal, or even pork.

Interesting, right? Well, inspired by American burger and also Japanese rice bun, I made a kitchen experiment to create this recipe. Please try out this recipe and let me know how it is! 

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FRIED GREEN RICE BURGER WITH GERMAN STYLE PATTIES

Yield : 4 portions

Ready in: 1 hour

Ingredients:

Fried Green Rice Bun

5 cups cooked rice (preferably Japanese short grain rice)

1 tbsp oil

½  tbsp margarine

5 cloves shallot

3 cloves garlic

10 green chili papers

2 tbsp spring onion, chopped

1 tbsp fish sauce

¼ tsp white pepper powder

¼ tsp of salt

1 egg, beat

Patty

300 gram beef ground (any part)

1 egg

3 tbsp onion, finely chopped

1 ½ tbsp parsley, finely chopped

2 tbsp red paprika, finely chopped

¼ tsp salt

¼ ground black pepper

1 tbsp fish sauce

1 kaiser roll

2 cups bread crumbs

Burger Filling

4 lettuce leaves

4 slices cucumber

4 slices tomato

Direction:

Blend shallot, garlic, green chili papers, and oil with blender until creamy texture of chili paste formed. Heat margarine in non-stick pan over medium heat and cook the chili paste until it well cook around 4 minutes.

Pour rice into the paste and mix it well until the paste evenly covered the rice. Then, season it with salt, white pepper, and fish sauce. Remove fried rice from heat and let it rest for a while. As it is cool a bit, shape fried rice into bun.

Cover rice bun with egg in each side and then bring it to heat with little bit oil in non-stick pan over medium heat around 1 minute per side. Remove from heat and set a side.

Mix beef ground, egg, onion, parsley, paprika in a large bowl until well blended. Soak Kaiser roll in water and then squeeze it until all of the water come out. Add it into the bowl then season the mixture with salt, paper, and fish sauce. Mix it well.

Shape meat into balls and then gently flattened it to patty shape around ¾ inch thick. Cover the meat with bread crumbs and then directly pan fried it in hot oil by using medium heat until it turns to brown; around 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from heat and set a side.

Put one rice bun as the bottom part of burger followed by lettuce, patty, cucumber, tomato, and another rice bun for upper part. Repeat this step as well to make other burgers. Garnish burgers with parsley and your burgers are ready to be served.

Tips and Tricks:

Use Japanese short grain rice as this rice is stickier compared to another type of rice.

If for instance you cannot use Japanese short grain rice and find difficulties in shaping the rice bun, try to combine fried rice with a little bit starch to make it stickier.

If it is hard to find Kaiser roll, you can substitute it to white whole bread or combination of oat meal and milk.

The burgers are yours! So, you could use any kind of ingredients for filling and feel free to create your own taste. Gutten appétit!

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