Nasi ulam

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Nasi ulam
Nasi Ulam Betawi.jpg
Nasi ulam Betawi (Jakarta) style, topped with dendeng sapi (beef jerky), krupuk, and omelette.
CourseMain course
Place of originIndonesia[1][2] and Malaysia[3]
Region or stateJakarta, Bali and Sumatra in Indonesia; Malay peninsula in Malaysia
Associated national cuisineIndonesia and Malaysia
Main ingredientsSteamed rice dish mixed with various herbs
VariationsRich variations across the respective region

Nasi ulam is a traditional Betawi and Malay dish of steamed rice (nasi) served with various herbs and vegetables (ulam),[3] commonly found in Indonesian and Malaysian cuisines. The herbs being used especially the leaves of pegagan (Centella asiatica) or often replaced with kemangi (lemon basil), vegetables, spices and accompanied with various side dishes.[2] This dish is a feature of Betawi[2] and Malay cuisine with many variations and is commonly found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and southern Thailand. Nasi ulam often served with sambal chilli paste.



In Indonesia, nasi ulam can be found in Betawi (native Jakartans) cuisine[1] as well as Sumatran Malay and Bali.[4]

In Jakarta there are two types of nasi ulam, the wet (soupy) nasi ulam of northern and central Jakarta, and dry one of southern Jakarta. In Indonesia, nasi ulam usually spiced with kemangi herb, chili, sliced cucumber and sprinkled with peanuts granule, kerisik (grated and sauteed coconut) or serundeng. An array of other additional dishes are often added on top of nasi ulam, such as dendeng (beef jerky), telur dadar (omelette), perkedel (mashed potato fritter), fried tofu or tempeh, and krupuk.[5]


Nasi ulam in Malaysia consist of cold boiled rice that is mixed with shredded herbs such as daun kaduk (wild pepper leaf), pucuk gajus (cashew leaf shoots), onions etc. Kerisik and other spices are also added. Sometimes shredded fried fish is mixed in. This version is common in northwest Peninsular Malaysia. A type of nasi ulam in northeast Peninsular Malaysia, in which the rice is dyed blue, is called nasi kerabu.

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  1. ^ a b Rizky Tyas Febriani. "Nasi Ulam Betawi". (in Indonesian). Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Post, The Jakarta. "Where to go for authentic Betawi cuisine". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Nasi ulam, Infopedia". Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  4. ^ Digital, Prodik (September 10, 2020). "Makanan Khas Bali di Harris Hotel Sentul City". Tempo. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  5. ^ "Perpaduan kultur dalam seporsi nasi ulam betawi". (Indonesian)