Rice is the main staple in most of Indonesia, but there are many different versions and preparations of rice. One of the versions I love the most is called nasi uduk, rice, that’s cooked with a variety of fragrant herbs and spices, and the main ingredient: coconut milk. This gives the rice a more rich taste and texture. You’ll find nasi uduk all over Jakarta, but I went to a restaurant called Nasi Uduk Ayam Goreng Zainal Fanani.
Restoran Zainal Fanani - Nasi Uduk, Ayam Goreng
This was one of my first meals in Jakarta, and I wasn’t sure exactly how to order as soon as I arrived to the restaurant, but luckily I soon figured it out. At the front of the restaurant they had a cabinet full of fried chicken parts and other assorted deep fried things. First, you go up to the front and choose the different pieces of chicken and things you want to eat. Once you pick out your choice, they will all be deep fried fresh and served to you on your table hot and fresh.
At Zainal Fanani restaurant, the nasi uduk was all sitting on the table already, in communal trays, and the rice was packed into little banana leaf portions, and topped with crispy fried shallots. You could grab as many as packets of the coconut rice as you liked during your meal. I started off by just tasting the rice - the rice was wonderful, and not only could I just taste the coconut milk, but I could also taste some fragrant spices like cardamom and bay leaves. The rice was fantastic.
Along with the nasi uduk, I also got a couple different deep fried items including ayam goreng, which is deep fried chicken, and a piece of fried tofu and tempe. All the fried items were salty and a little oily, and very tasty. Finally, to complete my nasi uduk and ayam goreng meal there were a number of different sambal chili sauces on the table, which were all very flavorful and went with the fried chicken and rice very well.
Read more at resepcaramemasak.org: Membuat Nasi Uduk