This month’s Indonesia banget is not going to be along post 🙂
This post is my 1000th post 🙂
How wonderful that my 100th post is about my country.
As we far as I know, westerners love eating bread. Their stomach can be full just by eating bread…but that is not the case in my country.
Indonesia just like most Asian countries loves rice!! What I meant by rice is of course cooked rice not raw rice 😉 . Cooked rice is called Nasi while uncooked rice is called Beras in Indonesian language. Rice is the main food in my country. Most Indonesian will say that they haven’t eaten yet if they haven’t eaten rice or their stomach is not full yet because they haven’t eaten rice or I will so hungry again because I only eat … (Fill with something non-rice food).
Yes!! Rice is the most important meal of Indonesian people.
I am not talking about the very rich people who once lived abroad. I am talking about the majority of Indonesian people. Small group of Indonesian can be found eating nothing but bread or potato but most only eat potato and bread as side meal. Potato even used as lauk (meal to company the rice)
Lauk stands for meal that followed the rice. We do not eat only rice (if we can manage it, the poorest sometimes can’t afford making or buying lauk). To cook rice is simple, we only need to steam it…but lauk is the one that takes most of our cooking time. It can be fish, shrimp, potato, meat, vegetables, and many more. Different province has different kind of special lauk.
Because rice is Indonesian main food, we can find so many Paddy Fields which we called as Sawah here. Although sad but true, more and more fields are getting turn into houses 😦 soon. In the early 80s we can fulfill the quota of rice for our people but not anymore now. In 1988 we have to import hundred thousands of tons of rice. It gets bigger every year. Now, it is said that we are the biggest rice importer in the world, we imported around 50% of the world rice stock. (Info taken from Tuti Nonka’s Veranda). I Hope the government can solve this problem soon.
Although most Indonesian eat rice, but there are some islands and provinces that do not eat rice. They eat sagu or singkong (sago or cassava), mostly people in the east part of Indonesia. I can’t tell much about the sago eater because I am one of the rice eaters 😉
So…expect rice when you visit Indonesian Restaurant in your country 😉
…and here is my dinner just now 😉
I found this wonderful post to prove that Indonesian MUST eat rice to fill their stomach ;). Nova went to Singapore and trying to find food:
Dan akhirnya kami menemukan McD.
Tapi apa yg terjadi…??? McD nya cuma jual Burger dan French Fries.. Mana kenyaaaaaaang..??
And we finally found McD.
But what happened? That McD only sells Burger and French Fries…
My stomach won’t be full!!!
And she finally found what she wanted, rice with lauk 😉