Indonesian street food : Nasi Campur (mixed rice)

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“Nasi, Nasi!”

Nasi one of the most commonly heard words in Indonesia. We would be walking through a train or bus station, or just happily sitting on a train and women will be wandering around with wicker baskets full of banana leaf parcels, offering their foods to everyone.

“Nasi?” 

“Nasi Ayam?“  

Nasi campur is a meal you can get all over Indonesia – It literally translates as ‘mixed rice’ and is equivalent to an everyday meal as it is as simple as rice with side dishes.There is no definitive recipe for nasi campur as it can be a buffet style meal, or meze style with a selection of different dishes.

Meat, vegetables, egg, krupuk and rice.

Meat, vegetables, egg, krupuk and rice.

Due to having our camera stolen in Indonesia, I don’t have any original images from our eating adventures. Images here are used under a creative commons license via Flickr. These image has not been altered and you can view the originals at the following link – Thanks,Todd Lappin

Traditionally, it will contain a selection of vegetable dishes, some Curried or stewed meat, or fish and/or fried tempe; a soy product similar to tofu. It just depends on what’s available.

From a street cart the rice might be wrapped up in a banana leaf, but in a warung it will usually be presented as rice in the centre of the plate, or banana leaf tray with sides scattered around it.

Warungs, especially in Bali will serve with a couple of sticks of sate ayam and krupuk, a type of Indonesian prawn cracker. Again, it depends on what’s available and how much the meal costs as to how elaborate the spread is. Malaysia has a similar dish called nasi kandar.

Commonly the dish will feature around four or five components with rice and is a cheap, filling meal.

Phrases worth knowing 

Satu – One
Dua – Two
Tiga – Three
Hello  – Hello
Apa kabar – are you well/ how are you?
salamat pagi – good morning
Salamt tingal – goodbye
silakan (see luh kan) – please
Terima kasih –  Thank you (people may respond with ‘sama sama’ which means’ you’re welcome)
berapa harga – how much?
tidak pedas – no chilli
bungkus – Take away
Tidak – No
Ya – yes
Maaf – sorry

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