Nasi liwet is West Javanese traditional food. Make sure that you taste the delicacy of nasi liwet when you travel to West Java. It's kind of similar to risotto.
Having meals during your trip is essential. It's fuel for your body and a biological need. For a traveler like you who spend money smartly and enjoy cooking your own meal, this article provides simple recipe and cooking tips which avoid you from overspending.
If you travel to West Java, you won't let your vacation gone by without indulging yourself in traditional culinary experience. One of West Java traditional dishes is nasi liwet. What's nasi liwet? Nasi liwet is an Indonesian traditional dish especially in West Java region. It's rice cooked with spices, herbs and chopped dried fishes in a pan (you may use rice cooker as well). Compared to western dish, nasi liwet might be similar to risotto regarding to the cooking methods of those two dishes.
Authentic method in cooking nasi liwet might be pretty complicated and unpractical if you are not used to cook, but don't worry. A local product is available to meet the need of being practical in cooking nasi liwet. The product's name is Liwet Instan 1001. Liwet Instan 1001 is a pack of prepared and ready to cook ingredients of nasi liwet. The rice included in Liwet Instan 1001 is one of the finest quality, Garut rice.
How to cook Liwet Instan 1001 is a simple thing. For 250 gr Liwet Instan 1001 package, you just simply open the package, put all the ingredients and the spices in a pan or a rice cooker, and add 600 ml of water (add more water to make the rice more tender or reduce the water to lessen its tenderness). Set the fire to medium heat or switch on the rice cooker. Wait for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. When it's done, the water is reduced and the rice is tender.
Where to Buy
You can easily find Liwet Instan 1001 in any store in Kecamatan Tarogong Kidul, Garut regency. Garut is 63 km away from Bandung and 5 hours away from Jakarta. Public transportation to Garut from Jakarta are available from Kampung Rambutan Bus Terminal. From Bandung, take a bus from Cicaheum or Leuwipanjang Bus Terminal. The price range is about IDR 20.000 to IDR 30.000. Liwet Instan 1001 are sold online too.
Where to CookSome hotels or cottages allows you to cook in their kitchen. For example, Villa Monyet Batu Karas provides Jungle Kitchen where guests are allowed to cook their own meals. Alternatively, you can cook it over a bonfire on a camp site.