The novel Island by Aldous Huxley setting was in the fictional Buddhist Island of Pala. The island of Pala is probably one of the islands of the Indonesian Archipelago. Indonesian food has been popular in Dutch cuisine ever since the days of the Dutch East India Company in 16th and 17th centuries.

I used the pre-cook shrimp used for salad. If you use this make sure you only stir fry until hot.

Indonesian Fried Rice: Nasi Goreng

3 cups white long-grain rice, uncooked or 6 cups cooked

3 tablespoons sunflower oil

3 eggs, beaten

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon oyster sauce

1 teaspoon chili paste

1 small onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 yellow, red or orange pepper, finely sliced

9 oz shrimps

4 oz peas, fresh or frozen

Cook the rice, set aside.

In a large frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. Pour in the egg and make a thin omelette. Turn over and cook until both sides are set. Remove from the frying pan, roll up and slice thinly. Put to one side.

On medium heat the remaining oil in the frying pan and add the soy sauce, oyster sauce and chili paste. Fry about 2 minutes.

Add the onion, garlic, pepper, shrimp and peas and, stirring continuously, fry until all the ingredients are cooked but still have a slight crunch, between 3 and 5 minutes.

Finally, add the rice 1/3 of it at a time and stir until the shrimps and vegetables are evenly distributed and the rice is warmed through. Add a little more oil at this point if the frying pan is getting too dry.