The Uniqueness of Nasi Ambeng: “The Blessed Rice”

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Who’s here has Javanese blood, especially those from Johor? Today, let us explore the uniqueness of a tray of Nasi Ambeng which is called “The Blessed Rice”!

The history of this rice began when the Javanese people who came from Javanese Indonesia migrated to Malaya around 1890-1900. Now they have become Malaysian citizens. It is a traditional food of the Javanese community when holding wedding feasts, births, prayers for safety and so on.

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Nasi Ambeng will be served in a large tray (talam) with traditional Javanese side dishes. The side dishes consist of coconut fritters, dry chicken feather type fish, peanuts, fried sambal goreng (tofu, tempeh, potatoes & suhun). The main dish is chicken cooked in soy sauce and long bean vegetables. One meal (talam) is usually for the needs of 5-6 people. At feasts it is usually divided evenly for the guests to take home and eat with the family.

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Nasi Ambeng Concept

This concept of rice is very unique where it applies agreement and unity in family and society regardless of rank and degree. There is no difference between the types of food for the poor or the rich. According to the beliefs of the Javanese community, ambeng rice is a traditional food and the menu served will bring blessings following the prayers recited in the feast attended by the guests. That is why it is called “The Blessed Rice“.

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The method of preparing nasi ambeng is not too complicated and does not take long because it is cooked cooperatively. In Javanese it is called ‘rewang’. That is the uniqueness of this special dish, symbolizing the culture and lifestyle of the Javanese community in Malaysia, especially in Selangor, Johor, Melaka, Perak and several other areas.

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Article written by Nurul Humaira’ Hasan.

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