8 Types of Nasi Goreng in Jakarta
Nasi Goreng or fried rice is your typical Indonesian comfort food. You can buy it anywhere and it eats whenever, whether it’s for lunch or dinner. It is undoubtedly one of Indonesia’s favorite cuisines. You can usually find nasi goreng sellers during the nighttime all around Jakarta. It is convenient for most people as it is delicious and affordable at the same time. It’s perfect for a late-night meal as it is also filling. It’s usually made with frying rice with soy sauce, scallions, and various toppings such as chicken meat served with crackers. You can also find a lot of types of nasi goreng all around Jakarta in carts, stands, and even hotels. You might even want to make a nasi goreng by yourself at home. Since there are a lot of types of nasi goreng, we wanted to recommend you to some of our favorites. In this list, there are 8 types of nasi goreng you can easily find all over Jakarta!
Nasi Goreng Spesial
This type of nasi goreng is probably the most common type you can find. A lot of restaurants have Nasi Goreng Spesial in their menu as it is very popular. It’s known for its signature sunny side up egg on top of the rice. It’s the perfect menu for kids to eat as it is simple and delicious and you can have it non-spicy. Its name is Special because it has a lot of toppings and condiments, making the eater feel special when enjoying it. This nasi goreng is usually made with chicken meat, sausages, and meatballs finished with crackers and the egg. It is truly one of the local’s favorite things to eat.
Nasi Goreng Ikan Asin
This type of nasi goreng is probably our favorite kind of all. Nasi Goreng Ikan Asin is made with frying rice, an egg, and salted fish such as Anchovies and Cods. It is known for its salty and savory taste from the fish. This nasi goreng does not use soy sauce as it is a white-colored Nasi goreng. Instead, it uses the oyster sauce to season the dish as it blends perfectly with the fish. Since the sauce and fish are already salty, it doesn’t need to be seasoned with any more salt. You can usually find this dish in Chinese restaurants all over Jakarta.
Nasi Goreng Kambing
Nasi Goreng Kambing is made by frying mutton that is cut as big as dice with rice and soy sauce. For those of you who are not too fond of salty foods, this is the perfect dish for you. Before frying off the mutton, it is marinated first with some spices and herbs to give it flavor. The mutton then will give the rice a distinct aroma and taste, making it a local favorite. It also is practical and easy to cook, so you can relax if you’re planning to make it at home. If you’re craving this dish, don’t worry about not finding because very common to find it in Jakarta.
Nasi Goreng Jawa
Nasi Goreng Jawa is one of Java’s signature dishes. It has a unique red color, unlike any other fried kind of rice. This has made Nasi Goreng Jawa as one of the most famous nasi goreng in Jakarta. The uniqueness of the nasi goreng lies in the seasoning that uses ground chilies and onions. The red color comes from the sauce made by the chilies and onions. The topping for the Nasi goreng also varies, ranging from chicken, beansprouts, and even tripes. The flavor of this Nasi goreng is savory and it has a kick to it. The spiciness of the chilies goes well with the other ingredients of the Nasi goreng.
Nasi Goreng Sunda
This nasi goreng is very popular because of its distinct yellow color due to the turmeric inside the spice mixture. The distinctive aroma of ingredients and spices will add to the deliciousness to the Nasi goreng. The common topping for this Nasi goreng is the usual chicken meat, sausages, and meatballs. The flavor of this Nasi goreng is a combination of savory, spicy, and slightly bitter.
Nasi Goreng Aceh
Nasi Goreng Aceh is known to be aromatic, very tasty, and as slightly spicy flavor when eaten. The spices used are the same as the Mie Goreng Aceh, such as dried curly chili, nutmeg, cinnamon, and onion. This nasi goreng is usually served with shrimp, squid, and beef meat. They usually serve this nasi goreng with side-dishes such as sunny side up eggs, red crackers, and fried onions. Nasi Goreng Aceh is always served on a plate with a banana leaf to make the dish more delicious. If you find a place that sells Nasi Goreng Aceh, be sure to visit the place.
Nasi Goreng Mawut
This Nasi goreng is originally from Magelang, and it is also known as Nasi Goreng Magelang. Sumatra people also have their version called Nasi Goreng Minas, an abbreviation of noodles and rice. Unlike other Fried rice in Jakarta, this nasi goreng also uses noodles instead of only using rice. This fried rice is very suitable for those of you who have a big appetite as it will be very filling. The portion served is never a little, especially with the combination of the rice and noodles. Other than noodles, it is also served with meats such as beef or chicken, and also vegetables and crackers.
Nasi Goreng Bali
Imagine having fried rice with shredded Ayam Betutu, Bali’s signature dish. Nasi Goreng Bali is famous for combining 2 of Indonesia’s signature dishes into one. The Ayam Betutu is a roasted chicken that is marinated with chilies, onions, and coconut oil. And by combining the Ayam Betutu with fried rice, Nasi Goreng Bali is born. The taste is delicious, it’s savory but a little bit spicy but not too overwhelming that it’s unbearable. They also serve Satay unlike any other Fried rice in Jakarta. The Satay is made from chicken with a similar marinade to the Ayam Betutu. The presentation is also very authentic, the rice is conically shaped and the satay rests by the side of the rice. So these are 8 types of many nasi goreng you can find in Jakarta. We hope this list can help you find or make your own favorite nasi goreng in the future and don’t forget to check out our other recommendations on our blog!