Many tourists claim to have visited Indonesia many times.
Besides its beautiful nature, another thing that makes Caucasians more in love with Indonesia is of course because of the food.
It’s no secret that Indonesian food is now an international favourite because the taste is indeed something different. And now we’re going to talk about two of their most popular foods; Nasi Goreng and Nasi Padang!
But… which one is the best for you? To know it, we should look the reason why you should get it.
First, Indonesian spices are not easy to find abroad.
The same goes for Nasi Padang… The history said there were times where the European hunted the Indonesian spices. For them, Nasi Goreng has a rich flavour due to the concoction of the spices. It is not easy to find the ingredients. If it’s just red onion and garlic it might be very easy to find there, but additional spice like, turmeric, cardamom, cumin, and many other spices that make it so different from any other food in the world and indeed only exist in Indonesia, the taste becomes very rich.
We talk about Nasi Goreng first.
The good thing is whatever the topping is, it’s right for everyone. Apart from its spices, another thing that makes people love Nasi Goreng is because of its diverse toping. Some offer it with shredded chicken, eggs, and even vegetables like petai, cabbage, and broccoli!
This makes foreign tourists feel happy because they can immediately get nutrition from vegetables, especially for vegan or meat from a plate of fried rice.
One of the favourites is the one with the egg or often called it scrambled eggs. Not to mention if this fried rice is also equipped with topping vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, or lettuce that is very enjoyed by them.
Another funny thing about Nasi Goreng, it is a flexible menu to eat at any time. Whether it’s as a breakfast, lunch or dinner menu, it is still right to be enjoyed. It can be found anywhere in a friendly price. Even buying it doesn’t need to be in an expensive restaurant. Whether it is located on a roadside as a street-food to a big fancy restaurant, it offers various toppings, especially the price is relatively cheap, depends on the location.
But when there is a question which Indonesian food that has a large portion, the dishes are complete, spicy, and delicious? Most of them will answer Nasi Padang. Yup, this food has always been a favourite for many Indonesian people, from young people to the elderly. Especially for students, eating Nasi Padang has always been a luxury thing.
It is public knowledge that Nasi Padang (literally translates to Padang rice, but meaning Padang food) has become the country’s most famous contribution to Indonesian cuisine. It is so popular, even some foreigner from Norway, Audun Kvitland Rosted made a song about Nasi Padang! Padang Restaurants are spread across Indonesia; no matter which city you go, there is always a Padang restaurant around.
Perhaps one of the most delicious and known-worldwide for Padang foods is rendang, which is recognized as one of the best foods in the world by CNN. Rendang is made by a dry beef curry cooked with coconut milk and spices for several hours until almost all the liquid has been evaporated.
Nasi Padang rely much on their three-local cuisine; cabe (chilli), gulai (curry) and beras (rice). Spicy chilli is used to increase one’s appetite. And the curry is a mixed of coconut milk, lemongrass, garlic & onion, nutmeg, and candlenut. Combine with many kinds of side dish like fried chicken or fish, vegetables, eggs, or even Tempe, Nasi padang is surely has a unique taste that you will not find in any other food in the world!
So, what do you guys think? Which one is more delicious for you? To find the answer is you must try it 😉