Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Simpang Raya Nasi Padang @ Bandung, Indonesia

I know everyone's tongue must be reaching the floor by now in the process of waiting to read something edible on my blog. Matter of fact, i am also anxious to write about anything and everything edible available in Jakarta too, seeing this is the first time i am being exposed to the local cuisine.

So Day 1 involved a torturing 3 and the half hour bus ride from Jakarta to Bandung despite the proximity of around 200 kilometres, thereafter we were bought to our first stop for our first meal in Indonesia; Simpang Raya for their nasi padang.

The direct translation is "field rice" but it does not in any way involve rolling your pants up to go to the padi fields to have your meal with the farmers.


Rather a meal of nasi padang starts off with a field of dishes ranging from beef, chicken, fish, vegetables (cooked or raw) all spread out and for you to dig in to your heart's content.

I understand it is a pay as much as you eat policy from reading some of the online content about the place, so one shall only hope that usually people will only eat one piece on the plate and that the rest is not stirred back into the main pot.

[My plate of nasi padang, obviously pile on the dishes and a little of rice will do]

Overall, i must admit this was something new, from the way the food was being served to us, rather than going to pick what you would like, to the milder and sweeter flavours that are unique to Indonesian tastebuds. An interesting dish is the curry salted egg which was unexpected but i understand it to be something very common for Malays and Indonesians to have with their mix rice.

Look out for the big signboard, the address and phone numbers are available on the signboard too.

So there you have it, after nasi padang, what's next?

Verdict: 3 stars out of 5 stars. I can't tell whether we were famished by the time we ate lunch at close to 3pm or the dishes were all calling out for rice resulting in eating more rice than planned. Although if you are down in Indonesia, it would be foolish not to give this a try. Prices are very decent, i remember asking and per pax, it should not exceed RM10 which is slightly less than RP30,000.

22 comments:

Niki Cheong said...

The salted egg was my favourite too :) Was a surprise 'cos I thought it'd just be a regular egg! :D

J said...

Curry salted egg? - interesting! Must look out for it... :)

(And yes, yay! Finally some food posts! :P)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j: yeap! its something new to me, yes, more food posts!

niki: haha regular egg but did the "masined"..

Life for Beginners said...

Ah nasi padang... *misses it*

CUMI & CIKI said...

i love the way the make the rendang meats there.. damn tasty damn steam :P

Pureglutton said...

Nasi Padang is everywhere in Indon! Enjoy the wide selections they have there :-)

Sean said...

yikes, very little veggies and fibre on that plate! but maybe that's why it looks so tasty :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: haha not ur favourite combination too?

pureglutton: yes, very wide selections!

c&c: yeah looks tough but gorgeous

lob: can we get a decent 1 here? i wonder.

yapthomas said...

That's like our typical "chap man" for Indonesians...

Must go for Ayam Penyet... :D

thule a.k.a leo said...

the food look yummy.. maybe I should go for nasi padang in Kota Damansara. Cannot afford to go oversea right now :P

Ms. Lili@ said...

more! more! more! :)

( just realised that i have not been leaving comments here for quite some time... now that you are not around, i'll make it a point to do so... for keep in touch sake :p )

qwazymonkey said...

Curry salted egg sounds fab! Actually salted egg anything sounds fab doesn't it?

Hanis Zalikha said...

SEMUA SEDAP YUM YUM YUM!

worldwindows said...

I had this Simpang Raya's Nasi Padang in Padang city itself. I mostly enjoyed it esp the Ayam Pop. My only complaint is on a few occasion I thought the oil used need more frequent change.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

worldwindows: hmm which is ayam pop? the fried chicken?

hanis: wah my chomel adik visit me! yes semua sedap, evident from all the rice u makan!

qwazymonkey: a faster way to heaven haha

lilia: yes, must visit each other blog more!

leo: the airticket not tat exp la!

yapthomas: we didnt have ayam penyet!!!

Bangsar-bAbE said...

So nicely arranged la your plate! Mine would usually be so messy, cannot identify the lauk pauk de. =P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bbabe: ahha for show only, if my plate also sure cannot c wats wats too!

AugustDiners said...

yums! i love bebek duck too!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

augustdiners: awesome rite!

thenomadGourmand said...

Love chap fun, love nasi padang! ;)
Indo dishes are so flavourful w the spices and all. Sometimes even better than Malay food!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tng: haha really?

Anonymous said...

correction :p

'Nasi Padang' directly translated to english is 'Padang Rice' where Padang is actually a name of a province in Sumatera Island. So the food originated from that province.

For Bandung, native dish would be Sundanese Food which is also an awesome range of dish too.

cheers