Selamat Malam! Good Evening!
Because it’s been evening in Indonesia right now. I will continue goody foody from my recent town, Semarang. I consider to do it until the end. Here the previous post.
Actually Fried Rice or Nasi Goreng is originally from China, but along with Chinese immigrations abroad, this type which was created from left-over rice spread globally. Including Indonesia itself. In Indonesia, fried rice derives into hundred varieties. As it is very flexible and can be added in accordance to our own taste. Even Indonesian Fried Rice is called Nasi Goreng, even by foreigners. I remember there is a famous classic Dutch song titled ‘Geef Mij Maar Nasi Goreng’ (Give me Nasi Goreng).
Geef mij maar nasi goreng
Met een gebakken ei
Met sambal en met kroepoek
Met een goed glaas bier eerd bij
Every parts of Indonesia has got its own style in Nasi Goreng. Either original Chinese style or fusion styles. All of them are okay and very delicious. I’ve just had dinner with a plate of Nasi Goreng. Not ordinary one, but Nasi Goreng Babat or Tripe Fried Rice.
For most westerners, intestines are considered disgusting, but for most Asians (in this case Indonesian) these are delicacies. Gizzard, tripe, even brain can be eaten. Nasi Goreng Babat or Tripe Fried Rice is typically found in Semarang and becomes part of Semarang delicatessen. Sweet but strong taste along with shredded cabbage and sliced cucumber as balancing agent, you can enjoy a plate of Nasi Goreng Babat. Why it is sweet, because as typically Central Javanese cuisines, sweet soy sauce (Kecap Manis) has been inseparable part of it. I can compare with East Javanese Nasi Goreng style which always use tomato sauce and chilli sauce for coloring. So therefore, Central Javanese Nasi Goreng is typically darker.
If you are culinary adventurer, you must try this type of Nasi Goreng. But it is not recommended to eat it too often as it has got high cholesterol and fat. I rarely eat it, maybe only once of three months or if I have mood on it. The tripe must be boiled many times and its water must be removed then re-boil in order to diminish its odor. Strong condiment is a must for this Nasi Goreng. In general a plate of Nasi Goreng Babat costs between IDR 7,000 – 9,000.
You can find it everywhere in Semarang. From hawkers until restaurant. I just share this unique Nasi Goreng and I hope your knowledge will be raised up widely.
8 April 2013