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Jakarta Post

Beyond rice supremacy and food diversity in Indonesia

  • Josa Lukman


Jakarta   /   Wed, January 20 2021   /  01:00 am
Hot stuff: Nasi goreng, with its many spices and toppings, is one of Indonesia’s favorite rice dishes.(Shutterstock/gkrphoto)

Rice is perhaps the most essential food item for many Indonesian households, judging from the many dishes you can make out of it. There is stir-fried nasi goreng, with its many spices and toppings.  Maybe a hot bowl of chicken porridge is preferred to start the day, or even just plain steamed white rice to accompany whatever is on the menu. So close is rice to our hearts that one of the first things you’d see during the start of mass unrest is panicked shoppers hoarding massive bags of rice, perhaps not unlike the Westerners who rushed out to buy toilet paper during the start of the pandemic. Of course, the issue of food scarcity is no laughing matter, especially during a time of crisis, but are we too dependent on rice for our own good? In Goethe-Institut’s biweekly discussion Bingkis, journalist and researcher Andi Arif highlighted the current administ...