Do you love experiencing the local culture when you visit a new country? If you do, then what better way to engage with the local community than through their own food! If you have booked an Indonesia tour, you can be assured that you will have a large variety of local dishes to experience. Indonesia’s expansive food culture is why a tour through this country is often called a gastronomic journey. And Bintan Island is not left far behind in contributing to this experience. Ask your local guide for the meal everyone relishes and loves in this part of the country, and he is bound to say ‘Nasi Padang’.
This Indonesian specialty is a style of steamed rice served with an array of pre-cooked dishes. True to its origin, these side dishes can vary from meats, fish, vegetables, and spicy sambals that are eaten with plain white rice.
A usual spread would comprise of around 12 dishes but you can also opt for a super lavish spread comprising of 14 dishes. Defined by spices like chillies, turmeric, garlic, shallots, lemongrass, lime leaves, and a mix of local herbs along with vegetables, seafood and meat, Nasi Padang is one of the most flavourful and fulfilling meals of Indonesia. This is Indonesia served to you on a plate. Most of the side dishes in a Nasi Padang meal are curries but you will have the option to include boiled dishes with sambal, deep fried seafood as well as grilled sides. A Nasi Padang meal is typically eaten using one’s hands, after which you will be offered a bowl of warm water with a slice of lime to clean your hands.
What better way to experience Indonesia than through its food had with the locals while sharing stories from across the globe. If you want to enjoy an authentic Nasi Padang during your stay on Bintan island, why not ask your local guide from Locaguide to set it up for you? The unique flavor and assortment of dishes are bound to leave you craving for more!