This is part 2 of my food journal during my Indonesian holiday last summer. Read the earlier published food journal Indonesian travel part 1.
So, without further ado, I hereby present you the famous Balinese nasi campur. Nasi campur means mixed (campur) rice (nasi). It basically consists of steamed rice (could be white, red or even yellow) accompanied with a handful of dishes. I ate this scrumptious Nasi Campur in Ubud. Clockwise on the plate there are: steamed white rice, spicy hot prawn, stir fried veggies (green beans, cabbage and bean sprouts), spicy desiccated coconut with peanuts (serundeng), hard-boiled egg in hot spicy sauce, fried tempe bites in ditto hot spicy sauce, slow cooked chicken in Balinese spices (ayam betutu/betutu chicken), sate of minced fish (Balinese sate lilit ikan) and prawn cracker. Up left there are three various sambal (chili condiments).
Note: although nasi campur is easily found all over the country but Indonesians homemade meals consist only of steamed rice, one veggie dish, one protein dish (chicken, meat, fish, tahu, tempe or egg), krupuk and of course sambal.
This is a portion of Balinese nasi campur I ordered in a restaurant in Kintamani. Clockwise on the plate: balinese minced fish sate, chicken sate with peanut sauce, stir fried veggies, omelette, sambal, cucumber pickle, fried noodles, fried rice and steamed white rice.
Balinese dessert; black rice pudding (bubur injin), sticky white rice with grated sweet potato in coconut milk topped with freshly grated young coconut. This vegan dessert is rich of gluten and therefore so filling. Black rice pudding (made of glutinous sticky black rice and a bit of coconut milk) is a common Indonesian dessert. In other regions it is known as bubur ketan hitam.
One day I went to a beach club and tried this fusion dessert: Balinese black rice pudding in Italian gelato style. Talking about combining two of the best desserts in the world.
Bali is, besides its nature and culture, a culinary heaven. When one has had enough of local or Indonesian cuisines, there is a plethora of restaurants serving foreign cuisines. The past decade along with yoga and mindfulness, Bali offers more and more of addresses for clean and raw eating. This is chia pudding with fresh fruit from one of my favourite restaurants in Umalas, Nook. I recommend the Balinese nasi campur at Nook as well. I reviewed Nook outdoor dining last year, in that post there are more pics of the menu.
A chilled mango juice on Malia beach, Gili Meno.
A fresh pineapple bought from a local lady on the same beach.
In Chinatown Jakarta, I had this Chinese lunch. Prawn dumpling soup (Ha Kau), chicken noodles, mix of crispy pork belly (ngau yuk) and Cantonese barbecued pork (cha siu, cha sieuw or char siu). Chinese influence in Indonesian culinary is integrated in local taste. Try siomay Bandung, it is siu mai served with peanut sauce, sweet soy sauce, ketchup and chili sauce. Or order bakso, meatballs served with noodles.
Food stall at Jakarta Chinatown selling Hainanese rice, chinese nasi campur, chicken soup, Hokkien noodles integrated in Medan style.
This is a snap of a stand selling sweet cakes and savoury snacks at the pasar kue subuh (dawn cake market) located in Blok M, south Jakarta. This bustling market is open daily from 4 – 9 am. Sellers offer their goods on the street or pedestrian in front of the shops in Blok M market. Buyers may sample almost everything for free. Pasar kue subuh Blok M offers a range of delicacies; traditional steamed sweet cakes, cookies, birthday cakes, savoury snack, crackers, nuts and many many more. There are moms, resellers of workers who eat their breakfast before going to work. I love to visit this market whenever I am my hometown. It was around 7 am when I was there and taking this pic.
Note: there are approximately 4 pasar kue subuh in Jakarta. When you are there, give one of them a visit to explore what locals consume.
You know, talking about food I could go for hours. So let me end it here otherwise this post would be a long one. Should you have any question or remark, put it below. I will gladly reply it.