We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Is Nasi Uduk?

By Lakshmi Sandhana
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Nasi uduk is a type of spice-infused steamed rice that is very popular in Indonesian cuisine. The name literally translates as "mixed rice" because it is served with many different types of side dishes. It has its origins in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, and is eaten widely around the country mostly for breakfast. Many roadside vendors serve nasi uduk exclusively, sometimes in a paper cone, with an astonishing array of accompaniments, all for a little pocket money. It is made differently in various areas and is considered to be quite similar to nasi lemak, the national dish of Malaysia.

The most common ingredients are rice, lemongrass, bay leaves, and coconut milk. The rice is washed, drained, and steamed until it is partially cooked. The coconut milk is boiled with the bay leaves and salt and then poured into the rice until it's covered. The mixture is stirred on a low flame until the coconut milk is completely absorbed, and the rice is further steamed until it's done.

While all this sounds simple, cooking nasi uduk can be quite laborious. It requires a great number of side dishes. Some people serve it with leftover dishes from the previous day when cooking it at home to avoid spending huge amounts of time preparing every side dish from scratch.

Authentic nasi uduk comes with a delicious assortment of side dishes, such as roasted coconut flakes called serundeng, eggs that are boiled, fried, or in the form of omelettes, and fried tempeh or soybean cakes. Fried chicken, shrimp and vegetable fritters, tofu, and fried vermicelli are also served with this fragrant rice. Some other side dishes include bawang goreng or deep-fried shallots, dried anchovies, and shrimp skewers. Garnished with daun kemangi, an aromatic parsley, or sliced cucumber or peanuts, this dish is a feast for both the eyes and senses thanks to the additional side dishes.

Some restaurants like to serve the rice in a banana leaf and with various types of sambal, such as sambal badjak, a sweet chili paste, for additional spiciness and sambal kacang, which contains peanuts. Emping crackers, prawn crackers, and sour soup are other items that may come along with nasi uduk. While it is popularly eaten for breakfast, it can also be found throughout the day served by roadside vendors who sell the dish to schoolchildren at noon or office goers late in the evening. The dish also has a few variants, the most popular being nasi uduk slipi, which is infused with a little cinnamon.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.