Meal times are a coming together of the family. The staple diet of an Indonesian would consist of nasi ( rice) or Mie ( noodles). rice is one of the main soursce of income for an indonesian family. grown and eaten in the village. noodles on the other hand come straight out of the 2 minute noodle sachet.
we have found that the most common meal is either nasi goreng or mie goreng ( fried rice/fried noodles). From there one can add to your meal. For the vegetarian you can order a side portion of sayur ( vegetables) that arrive in a chilli broth, otherwise telur (egg) which usually comes standard with your meal in a deep fried version. when eating out you have a few places to choose from, starting at the most suspicious looking ones being the mobile carts nicknamed the cholera cart as it guarentees any westerners instant bali belly within minutes of finishing a meal.
Makan Padang are indoor restaurants where a local waiter will wheel a tray to your table with many little side plates of unrecognisable dishes. you then choose a few and hope for the best!you can mix this with some nasi putih ( steamed rice) that is placed on your table.
this is a very hands on experience not for the feint hearted as you have to dig your way through and make use of the fingerbowl and lap on your table.
Our Regular restaurant is Makan Yoyo’s , a small family run business about 2kms away from our home.(a lovely evening strole) Yoyo’s has one of the most elaborate 10 item menus the town of Krui has ever seen. ( regular local restaurants dont know what a menu is- so this is a treat )
Yoyo’s caters for the tourists which areprobably about 10 per month that dont end up stayiong in an overcrowded and overpriced surf camp but choose to stay in a local home in the heart of Krui.
My meal has not cost more than 5000rp (rupiah -the local Indonesian currency) which is no more than R3.50 back home in South Africa. That is a meal consisting of a bowl of steamed rice,vegetable soup and some vegetables on the side. not too bad! a Nasi goreng costs about 6000rp the equivelant of paying R4 for a filling meal back home!
Nasi or Mie Goreng can be accompanied by either Ikan (fish),Ayam(chicken) or Degang ( meat). But i would advise one to not enter through the local Pasar (market) if you ever want to eat any of the above mentioned food ever again.
In the local market you can watch your live chicken go from running around to skinned and portioned in the space of a few minutes.Enough to make ones stomach turn!
Well on the subject of meals, i have to say goodbye, its dinner time 🙂