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Nasi Padang

Indonesian rijsttafel (a cuisine originally from the city of Padang)

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Served in the Netherlands, Originally from? Indonesia!

  • Sep 27, 2009
It's known as rijsttafel in the Netherlands but Nasi Padang in Indonesia (where it's originally from). This is a feast fit for the king and one diner (even if you are merely dining alone at the restaurant).  Nasi is Indonesia's word for rice while Padang is a region in Sumatra, Indonesia. That does not mean the rice is from Padang though. It is simply the way of dining originated from Padang. Lots of individual side dishes consisting of chicken, fish, beef & seafood are brought to the table for you to choose and eat to your heart's content. It is also interesting to know that Indonesians eat with their fingers and is quite an experience for the uninitiated to do so, especially when mixed with the curry gravy!

Most of the dishes (in small portions per plate) can be found all around Indonesia. For example, curry vegetable (sayur lodeh) chicken, mutton, beef are common dishes which can be ordered throughout the country. What is special about Nasi Padang is that a entire selection of dishes will be placed on the table for your selection. Somewhat like buffet style. You only pay for plates which you've touched or eaten. Nothing needs to be ordered unless you don't have enough of it. 

My favorite dishes are:
Ayam Goreng (with Kunjet) - Fried chicken (seasoned with yellow ginger).
Acar - Pickle.
Bakso - Meatball soup.
Gurame Goreng - Fried Gurame, a fish commonly found in Indonesia.
Ikan Bakar - Barbecued Fish.
Kari Otak - Cow's brain cooked in curry. Yes, you heard me right, it's cow's brain! Believe me, this one is a specialty. Awesome!
Opor Ayam - Chicken cooked in coconut milk.
Sambal Udang - Prawn cooked with chilli sauce, very hot! Delicious!


& the price for the entire meal? Not more than US$20!
For the first timers, best to get an Indonesian friend to take you to a good restaurant. There are a great many selections in Indonesia and quality of food may varies. For sure, you have to try this feast when in Indonesia or Netherlands!
Served in the Netherlands, Originally from? Indonesia! Served in the Netherlands, Originally from? Indonesia!

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January 21, 2010
I want kari otak! Have you ever had pig brain before? :D
January 21, 2010
Yep, cooked with rice wine. Kari otak is more solid than pig brain, just in case you are curious.
January 21, 2010
Ooooh, that's what it looks like in the picture, even with all the sauce around it. I've only ever had pigs brain in hot pot, definitely soft and springy.
January 21, 2010
No, I mean Kari otak is Curry Cow Brain, cooked with curry. I had pigs brain cooked with rice wine before.
December 21, 2009
Food..food food!! I am hungry now! LOL
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Quick Tip by . September 26, 2009
posted in The Rice Table
This rice table (rijsttafel) was originally from Indonesia although can be found in Netherlands. A feast fit for the king (& queen)!
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Nasi Padang (in Indonesian language, literally it means rice from Padang, a city in Sumatra) is a feast where the diners are served with as many as 40 dishes in small portions with rice as the main staple. The side dishes include sate (barbecued meat), fried fish or curry fish, fried chicken, vegetables, pickles, prawns and many other types of meat like beef & mutton. 

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