|Place of origin||Indonesia|
Bawang goreng is an Indonesian crispy fried shallots condiment, a popular garnish to be sprinkled upon various dishes of Indonesian cuisine. It is quite similar to crisp fried onion.
Compared to onion, shallots are much smaller in size and more intense in color — purplish red, locally known as bawang merah (lit. "red onion") in Indonesia. Shallots are thinly sliced and deep fried in plenty of cooking oil until golden crisp, and often placed in a tight glass jar for next use.
Bawang goreng has slightly bitter yet savoury flavour. Crispy fried shallots are often sprinkled upon steamed rice, fragrant coconut rice, fried rice, satay, soto, gado-gado, bubur ayam and many other dish as a condiment as well as garnishing. They are used for stir-fries vegetables, soups, stews, curries, noodles, rice and salads as toppings. Prepacked bawang goreng fried shallots are available in supermarkets and grocery store in Indonesia, and also Asian grocery store abroad.