Nasi uduk

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Nasi uduk
Nasi uduk netherlands.jpg
A basic nasi uduk from a shop in the Netherlands
CourseMain course
Place of originIndonesia[1]
Region or stateJakarta, Nationwide
Serving temperatureHot or room temperature
Main ingredientsRice cooked in coconut milk with side dishes

Nasi uduk is an Indonesian Betawi style steamed rice cooked in coconut milk dish, originally from Jakarta,[1] that can be widely found across the country.


Nasi uduk literally means "mixed rice" in Betawi dialect, related with Indonesian term aduk ("mix"). The name describes the dish preparation itself which requires more ingredients (coconut milk, clove, lemongrass, cinnamon, and pandan leaf) than cooking common steamed rice and additional side dishes.[2]


Nasi uduk is made by cooking rice soaked in coconut milk instead of water, along with clove, cassia bark, and lemongrass to add aroma. Sometimes knotted pandan leaves are thrown into the rice while steaming to give it more fragrance. The coconut milk and spices imparts an oily, rich taste to the rice. Bawang goreng (fried shallots) is sprinkled on top of the rice before serving. Other dishes are usually served as side dishes. Pre-packed nasi uduk are commonly wrapped in a cone-shaped banana leaf.[3]

Side dishes[edit]

Nasi uduk with empal fried beef, semur jengkol and krechek (beef rind in spicy coconut milk)
Traditional Betawi nasi uduk, mixing all the side dishes on the nasi uduk plate, such as egg, tempeh, sambal, bihun goreng, and krupuk
Packed nasi uduk with ayam suwir (shredded chicken), slices of cucumber, shredded omelette, and tempe orek (tempeh stir fried with soy sauce)

Nasi uduk sold in warung or other eating establishments are commonly offered with assortment of side dishes, chosen by the client. The pre-packed basic nasi uduk usually consists of tempe orek (tempeh stir fried with sweet soy sauce), teri kacang (anchovy with peanuts), and shredded omelette, with sambal kacang (peanut sambal).

Side dishes offered with nasi uduk are:

The most common type of sambal that usually served with nasi uduk is sambal kacang (peanut sambal); it is optional as a condiment.


Nasi uduk is a popular dish for the busy commuters in Jakarta, mainly because it is affordable (one serving costs on average Rp10,000 or about US$0.77). It can be found throughout the day; some roadside stalls open exclusively in the morning, noon, or night, depending on the demographics of the surrounding area. Stalls near residential areas, marketplaces, train stations, and schools are usually open from morning to noon, while the ones near offices and street-side are usually open afternoon to midnight.[4]


Each neighbourhood in Jakarta has its own variant of the dish, the most notable being Nasi uduk Slipi from West Jakarta.[1] Kebon Kacang area near Tanah Abang in Central Jakarta is renowned for its nasi uduk.[4]

The dish is known as berkat (literally: "blessing") in Suriname. There are similar dishes in Riau and Riau islands (Sumatera), Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore and Southern Thailand called nasi lemak. Another slightly different dish is nasi ulam.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Maria Endah Hulupi (June 22, 2003). "Betawi cuisine, a culinary journey through history". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  2. ^ "Where to Eat in Cikini: Nasi Uduk Gondangdia". Jakarta by Train. 11 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Nasi Uduk Sederhana Babe H. Saman: Legendary Nasi Uduk in Tanah Abang". Jakarta by Train. 1 December 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d "The best nasi uduk in Kebon Kacang". Jakarta Post. 27 December 2016.

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