Balinese Buffet – Nasi Campur 2014.12.09

nasi campur 

What is nasi campur? 

Nasi campur, (Indonesian/Malay: "mixed rice", also called nasi rames in Indonesia), refers to a dish of a scoop of nasi putih (white rice) accompanied by small portions of a number of other dishes, which includes various meats, vegetables, peanuts, eggs and fried-shrimp krupuk.

- Wikipedia

Nasi campur (nasi = rice, campur  = mix) is a local Indonesian dish eaten by thousands of people every day. Super affordable and available on most streets, nasi campur is the staple diet for many locals and no trip to Bali is complete without trying it at least once.

The dish centers around rice (usually white but some places may also offer other varieties like brown or red rice) and then you can choose a mixture of several side dishes such as vegetables, tofu, tempe, boiled or fried egg, mie noodles, chicken and fish.

Nasi Campur
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Warung nasi campur

A "warung" is a small local restaurant and most warungs serve nasi campur. Some warungs are very basic, while others cater to tourists and have a larger menu.

Nasi campur can usually be found behind a glass case, where various dishes are displayed. Simply point at what you want and the staff will start piling up your plate.

Local nasi campur

But how does it taste?

Nasi campur sometimes may not look the most appetizing, but that's not to say that it's short on taste. More often than not you will be surprised at just how delicious a plate of nasi campur can be.

The price depends on the type of dishes you choose and whether this includes meat or not. Generally speaking, a plate of nasi campur can cost anywhere between Rp. 7,000 and Rp. 25,000.

It's recommended to try nasi campur more than just once, as different warungs serve different dishes.

Where to find nasi campur

It's really not difficult to find nasi campur in Bali. Just take a walk down the street and you should find a local warung offering not only nasi campur, but also other Indonesian favorites like nasi goreng and cap cai.

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How to order nasi campur

Ordering a plate of nasi campur in the tourist areas shouldn't be a problem as most people understand at least basic English. However if you've gone a little off the beaten track and are visiting a local village, it may be useful to know what to do and say the local way!

  1. Go into the warung and head on over to the glass display of nasi campur.
  2. Tell the "ibu" if you want to eat in or take away. If you want to eat at the warung, say "makan disini" or if you're after a take away say "bungkus".
  3.  The ibu will dish up white rice in the middle of the plate and then ask you what you want.
  4.  Simply point at the dish behind the glass that you want and say "ini" ("this"). You can choose as many dishes as you like, but usually five or six does the trick.
  5. If you want to heat things up with some spicy tomato chilli, say "tolong sambal" or if you don't want extra chilli say "tidak sambal".
  6. Once you're happy with your selection, the ibu will give you a knife and fork with your plate and you're free to take a seat in the warung.
  7. When you're ready to get the bill, ask the ibu "berapa?". She will no doubt reply in Bahasa so if you're not sure how much it is, handing over Rp. 20,000 should cover it.
  8. Get your change (if needed) and say thank you, "terima kasih".

Nasi campur tips

  • make sure you have small change, like Rp. 2,000 and Rp. 5,000 notes. If you hand over Rp. 100,000 for example, you might get told that they have no change for you.
  • wash a plate of tasty nasi campur down with a bottle of water ("aqua") or the popular favorite, ice tea ("es teh"). Most warungs also sell the usual sugary sodas, orange juice, and the unusually named "Pocari Sweat". Most times you can just help yourself to a drink from the fridge and then pay for it together with your food at the end of your meal.
  • Usually you can if a dish is spicy or not by the chopped up chillis, however if you're unsure, just ask "pedas?". If the answer is "ya" you may want to pass or if it's "tidak" you're free to go ahead and enjoy a helping of non-spicy food.

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