nasi uduk jakarta; a taste of home

Nasi Uduk Jakarta ala Rantang Mini

I’ve been living in the Netherlands for almost 12 years and looking for an authentic Indonesian food is challenging. That’s why I started Rantang Mini at the first place. I want Indonesian food with no compromise in taste.

As an Indonesian who was born and raised in Jakarta, being an avid halal foodie myself, I can’t emphasized enough how much I love Nasi Uduk. If Nasi Padang is my no.1 Indonesian food, Nasi Uduk would be my no.1a wkwkwkwk. I love them both immensely.

Nasi uduk is a typical rice dish from the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta. It’s an aromatic rice cooked in a generous amount of coconut milk and herbs. Accompanied by some condiments like telur balado, tempe orek or sambel goreng kentang, acar timun but most importantly, the unmissable duo: SEMUR and SAMBAL KACANG.

You can go with any type of Semur, be it Semur Daging, Semur Tahu, Semur Jengkol etc. The sweet dark flavorful sauce of Semur enhanced the taste of Nasi Uduk. A good and tasteful Semur must be made one day in advance. One more condiment that I love to add is kerupuk emping.

I’ve been juggling to find the right taste and the right herbs to make my Nasi Uduk a part of my love of Jakarta. If you’ve been to Jakarta, you know what kind of city I’m talking about wkwkwk. When you live there, you feel the tension, the hectic, endless traffic jam and many more to mention. But when I left the city, I miss it big time.

I created this dish to portray my nostalgic moments in Jakarta. That morning when I was in a rush to go to college and had my breakfast on the street vendor, I always ate Nasi Uduk, like always! The chance was 99%. Also when I went back home after work, or met some friends, we went to Pecel Ayam tent across the road and ate Pecel Ayam with Nasi Uduk (plus fried tofu/tempeh).

Nasi uduk is the type of dish you can enjoy the whole day. Be it in the morning as breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can even have it as a midnight munch. Of course, not as big as the normal portion, but you really can have it for 24/7.

If you’re living in Holland and you crave Nasi uduk, you have come to the right place. Even if you never ever try Nasi uduk before, Rantang Mini is the perfect start. Because there’s a reflection of good memories in Jakarta in every bite of my Nasi uduk.

Have a try!

Salam,

Na’

Nasi lemak malaysia

2020 was a rollercoaster ride for me. Since the beginning of the year I received a terrible news that my (late) mother diagnosed with tumor. A surgery was planned so quickly. I was in Rotterdam, enjoying my coffee at The Cafe in De Bijenkorf. The telephone rang, my sister in law called me up with this news. I rushed back home, immediately phoned my husband “May I go to Jakarta? My mom will get a surgery in 2 weeks!”

Unfortunately, after the surgery, her recovery process was terrible and 10 months later she passed away with MANEC Cancer stadium 4 advanced. What a year for me, and each of my siblings. Along with the ongoing, endless lock down everywhere. The outbreak of this pandemic, Covid 19, my oh my…what a year we all had. Subhanallah!

My home catering, Rantang Mini, was still running in a slow pace. My body is in Holland but my mind is in Jakarta.

Just a month ago, after a self quarantine at home, in a silent and powerful moment. I thought of coming back to my small business. Making the food I love.

The response was immensely positive. In a midst of sorrow, pain and reality (with 2 small kids), I began to cook again and found myself at ease. Cooking is definitely a positive way to get a positive distraction, at least it works for me.

Cooking gives me the “fire” I need, the booster of my day. And each time my lovely customer satisfied with the meal I prepared, it gave me so much joy.

Nasi lemak, the one you see in the photo above, the national meal of every Malaysian; It’s been my favorite ever since I tasted it more than a decade ago. Everywhere I go, be it in Europe of Far East, this meal is the one I’m looking for. I’m an Indonesian who adores Malaysian food. Their cuisine is so diverse, and we actually shared the same spices, herbs etc. So our meals are quite similar, due to our historical background of course. But more importantly, most of Malaysian food abroad is HALAL! even if the owner is a non Muslim. What an excellent standard!

Anyway, Nasi Lemak is also very popular abroad. It has been a beloved menu in my Rantang Mini too. Last year I decided to make it, just a thought of what I’ve been through in 2020. A mixed of everything, a taste of home and love.

I hope this year I will write and experience more. And I wish you all a healthy and prosperous 2021. May this year gives you all the peace, love and happiness you needed. May this year be the year of Rantang Mini 🙂

Salam,

Na’