A simple dish that celebrates the beauty of rice, nasi liwet is traditionally wrapped in banana leaves and comes with spoon made from banana leaves.
The aromatic rice is often served with a generous pour of areh, a savory coconut milk sauce cooked in a herbaceous spice mix. You can enjoy it with just a simple omelet or complete the meal with its equally delicious sidekicks like the sweet tahu bacem, tender opor ayam, fragrant pindang egg, and hearty chayote labu siam soup.
Typically sold in street stalls and restaurants alike, you know it’s authentically traditional when your nasi liwet comes served in a rattan plate and banana leaf wrap. It accentuates the comforting fragrance of the dish and a timeless eco-friendly practice that’s still honored up to today.
Health & safety protocols to note
When you’re traveling around Indonesia, don’t forget that health and safety protocols are still strictly enforced. Major tourist destinations will have temperature checks and won’t let you enter without your masks. Vaccine certificates are also required upon entry across all establishments, so have it ready from your PeduliLindungi app.
Certain international travelers are allowed to enter Indonesia with strict regulations, so be sure to keep checking before you book your tickets and start packing. Domestic travel across the archipelago is open for vaccinated travelers, but remember to remain safe and be responsible for yourself and others.