Friday, October 11, 2013

Foodie Friday: The Humble Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice)

(We all know I love to eat, so you know I am not kidding around when talking about food. On Fridays, let me torture myself and anyone who might stumble upon this travel blog with a photo of a delicious food I had in my travels. This includes food I made myself. Yes, I cook. This week, Foodie Friday features the humble Nasi Goreng or fried rice.)

Nasi Goreng, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
It is good, simple, and filling: the humble nasi goreng (fried rice).

We see it everywhere in Southeast Asia. Rice is abundant here and frying it is one of the best and simplest way to prepare it. There was something very special, however, about Indonesia's nasi goreng (literally, "rice fried"). All and I mean all the ones I had from West Java to East Java were perfectly spiced and seasoned that you could eat it entirely on its own. Of course, that was rarely the case. More often than not, I was also served eggs, krupuk (prawn crackers, similar to the Filipino kropek) and a spoonful of spicy sambal (chili paste). Combine everything in one bite and you have the perfect combination in textures, tastes, and spices. It was the perfect cheap and filling meal.

In the next few weeks, I shall continue writing stories here about my recent trip to Indonesia. I have told you about Jakarta and Bandung in West Java. I liked them both, but as I moved towards Central and East Java, my travel adventures (involving ancient temples, volcanoes, and food, not necessarily together) picked up even more. Next, I write stories about and post photos from the cultural heartland of the Javanese—Yogyakarta. Stay tuned!

Where in Southeast Asia did you have the best nasi goreng (fried rice) you have ever eaten?

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