Nasi Goreng (fried rice) is one of those dishes that you can easily find when the daylight starts to shuffle off and make way for the night to come. Whether it is sold by a seller who goes around your neighbourhood or set up shop by the roadside, a plate of Nasi Goreng will cure your hunger. The following are five Nasi Goreng places that you can choose to fill up your tummy during the night and are guaranteed to not disappoint your palate.
Nasi Goreng Bang Roby
Situated right in front of Robinson Department Store on Jalan Sabang, you may find yourself waiting for it to open if you come here early as Nasi Goreng Bang Roby only starts business at 6pm. It is never devoid of customers though. Its sizeable portion goes hand in hand with the abundant toppings that it comes with. Besides Nasi Goreng, it also offers Bubur Ayam (chicken porridge), Omelette and chicken. One of the aspects that make its Nasi Goreng unique is the additional sprinkle of Cakue (fried breadstick) that makes it taste even more savoury.
Nasi Goreng Kebon Sirih
It is a must to order its Nasi Goreng Kambing (mutton fried rice), which has been this joint’s speciality ever since it was established in 1958. One of the most interesting sights here is to witness a mountain of fried rice on a wok just waiting to be devoured. Cooked prior to order so that customers need not wait too long, the fried rice here is fried using butter. Although this cooking process lends a slightly oily feel as a result, it is still savoury and is accompanied by sizeable cuts of mutton meat.
Nasi Goreng Kebuli Apjay
A joint in South Jakarta that never fails to draw a crowd, this place tends to see a never-ending stream of punters every day from the moment it opens at 5pm. Although it is called Bakmi Jogja Pak Ivan, most people go for its Nasi Goreng Kebuli (fried rice cooked in goat broth) instead. It is quite large in portion and the kebuli flavour is rather zesty. If a plate doesn’t get you going, then you can also snap up a box of Martabak (stuffed pancake) sold right behind this fried rice seller.
Nasi Goreng Warna-Warni Thole
It may be a bit ordinary in taste for the palates of some, but Nasi Goreng Thole wins in the novelty department for its colourful fried rice. The black colour is extracted from squid ink, while beet is the source of its red-coloured fried rice. The green colour for its green fried rice comes from Chinese mustard greens. You can also have black-coloured noodles or a red Bihun (rice vermicelli). Despite its small portions, a plate can be very filling.
Nasi Goreng MPR
One of the most popular Nasi Goreng in Jakarta, although its nomadic existence has caused confusion for its customers. Sold from a small pushcart on Jalan Fatmawati, its fried rice is savoury and not too oily. It is also incredibly generous with its toppings.