Idbackpacker.com (Indonesia Backpacker) – During my stay in Bali, I had one favorite foods, especialy when I want to reduce my spending or my wallet being broke because of too much traveling. This Balinese food is similar to the “Nasi Kucing” in Java. But its presentation and contents are a little bit different. The food name also different, in Bali this food is wellknown as Nasi Jinggo.
Nasi Jinggo Will Satisfy Your Hungry Stomach!
I eat Nasi Jinggo For the first time when traveling to Bali in 2010. At that time, this food is the cheapest meal I’ve ever eaten when traveling in Bali. Indeed, the average price of Nasi Jinggo is ranging from Rp. 2500 – Rp. 5000, depending on where the seller sells Nasi Jinggo. If they sells around Kuta Beach, certainly it will be more expensive when compared with the seller in the city central of Denpasar.
For the composition, Nasi Jinggo generally consists of white rice or Nasi Kuning with addition of side dishes such as eggs, chicken or beef. Also do not miss its super spicy sambal! Just be careful for who don’t like spicy! The sambal usually are very spicy. Make sure ask the seller, which one doesn’t have too much sambal. Or for spicy lover, you can ask the seller to add more sambal if you like. Usually they provide extra sambal for free!
Some sellers sometimes sell some extra side dishes such as spicy chicken claw, quail eggs and much more. But that extra side dish sold separately, and the price is often more expensive than the Nasi Jinggo. So, if you dont want to spend more money, just buy Nasi Jinggo without any extra side dishes. But if your aim is culinary travel, never miss trying a few extra side dishes. It would perfect your culinary experience!
From its history, I don’t really know where the name of Nasi Jinggo comes from. The legend said that the name of Nasi Jinggo comes from china, which means 1500 (Jingo=one thousand five hundreds). I don’t know is it true or not, but the fact, currently is no longer possible to find this rice priced below Rp. 2500. So I don’t think that Jinggo means one thousand five hundreds anymore :)
The food is also can said as original food from Bali. I have never found Nasi Jinggo outside Bali. In Denpasar this rice are easily found around the downtown or Kuta area, especially near the beach. Search sellers who are using bicycle or motorcycles. They are mostly found on the side of the road, and they are usually promoted under the banner “Jual Nasi Jinggo”. I myself have a subscription seller of this unique balinese food near my office. I used to buy the rice for my big breakfast :)