Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Nasi Edan Bandung
Can rice really be crazy? Or make one crazy?
Well, rice is just rice. We eat it everyday. There is almost nothing special about it. For us, it's the side dishes that make it special, and thus often makes the name.
Out of creativity and probably for marketing gimmick, a number of new or modified rice dish recipes have now been called with a variety of names here, including "nasi gila" and "nasi edan". "Nasi" is the Indonesian word for cooked rice. And "gila" or "edan" means crazy.
How crazy are these new/modified rice dish recipes?
Out of curiosity, I tried this and what is claimed to be the one and only "Warung Nasi Edan" (literally: crazy rice shop) in Bandung. Located on Jalan Cikapundung (Street) and open only during the day, this simple and unassuming roadside shop has attracted quite a bit of attention for its name.
As I said, there's nothing special about the rice. But the ingredients, taste and texture of the side dish is, I think, quite unique. It tastes somewhat like Malay curry, but somewhat also a bit sweet and chilly-hot. The shop's owner, Haryanto, says that he concocted the recipe from 11 different spices.
Since words cannot accurately describe taste, and since taste itself is experience-bound, I think the best way to really know how this recipe tastes is to try it yourself. Some may like it. Some may not. For me, it's okay. Nothing to be crazy about. I must warn you though that I'm not a culinary expert.