RICE, RICE EVERYWHERE

If you have been in Bali more than a day, you already know locals eat a lot of rice, which in its cooked state we call nasi. Rice for breakfast, rice for lunch, rice for dinner. What takes the monotony out of this? Side dishes and condiments, of course. Add it all up and you have the most common meal, Nasi Campur (pronounced "champoor") which means mixed rice.

If you want your rice to go, ask for Nasi Bungkus. It's the same meal, but it will be wrapped in either 1) a banana leaf, 2) a paper wrapper. Maybe you have guessed by now that bungkus means wrapper. When the same meal comes in a box, we call it Nasi Kotak. No surprise, kotak means box.

After Nasi Campur comes the runner up in popularity, Nasi Goreng, or fried rice, best whipped up in a raging hot wok with yesterday's rice, the dryness of the cooked grain rendering superior results. Nasi Goreng makes a regular appearance on the breakfast tables of Indonesians, but itís Black Rice Pudding, known as Bubur injin, thatís more popular with Westerners who often favor something a bit sweet for breakfast. Bubur Injin is made with a delicious, dark purple strain of rice and youíll find it on the menu at Kafe Batan Waru.
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