As Indonesia is celebrating its 67th Independence Day (ID) today, I was inspired by an article in Jakarta Post to post ‘A parade of nationwide rice dishes’ as my ID edition featuring most popular rice dishes from different areas of my country.
because…………..it really describes Indonesia.
Most Indonesians eat rice as the main dish for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In fact some Indonesians feel they don’t eat a meal unless it is rice. There is a joke that says, even if you have eaten a loaf of bread, you are still hungry. It’s gotta be rice!
What I am posting here are my favorite rice dishes from 4 different areas in my country:
- nasi uduk Jakarta
- nasi bakar Bandung
- nasi liwet Yogyakarta
- nasi kuning Surabaya
- nasi campur Bali.
The savory Nasi Uduk is served with an assortment of side dishes, including shredded omelet, spicy chicken balado, teri kacang (salted fish with peanuts), emping (melinjo chips) and potato patties, with spicy chili sambal as the condiment.
Nasi bakar (grilled rice) is steamed rice wrapped in a banana leaf, then grilled over charcoal. The charred banana leaf imbues a unique aroma to the rice. It is served with grilled chicken, grilled squid, mixed vegetables and sambal. This one is from Saung Baraya, Bandung.
Unlike the usual rice that is cooked in water, Nasi liwet is cooked in coconut milk and chicken broth, giving the rice a rich and succulent taste. This food is usually served with opor ayam (chicken in coconut milk gravy), boiled egg and chayote as the vegetable.
Nasi kuning is cooked with coconut milk and turmeric, hence the yellow color of the rice. It sometimes is served in a cone shape called tumpeng and is usually eaten at special events. This one is nasi kuning from Surabaya served with balado telor [spicy eggs], serundeng [grated coconut and spices], urap [vegetable in shredded coconut dressing] and potato fritters.
Nasi campur Bali (Balinese mixed rice) refers to a dish made using basa genep (Balinese spices), with various meats and vegetables, including shredded chicken, beef cubes, urap and satay lilit.
Enjoy the rice and…………………….
HAPPY 67TH ANNIVERSARY INDONESIA!