Nasi campur (mixed rice) is a common term for any kind of rice dish served with assorted side dishes. As Indonesians love rice, the term nasi campur exists everywhere, but every region has its own version. The main component of nasi campur is the rice itself, which is often cooked with pandan leaves to add fragrance. During breakfast time, often we are given the choice to substitute rice- cakes for rice. Rice-cakes are served in broth and then topped by the regular side dishes.
The side dishes create diverse and balanced taste, aroma, and texture. They can be combination of chicken betutu, sate lilit (minced meat satay), lawar (a mix of vegetables, coconut, and minced meat), jukut urap (a mix of steam vegetable with grated coconut seasoning), bitter gourd saute, and the obligatory sambal matah (a spicy Balinese condiment made from shallots, chili, lemongrass and lime), boiled egg, fried crunchy peanuts on the side, and fried-shallot crisps to garnish the whole package.
A variety of crispy crackers or chips called kerupuk are optional. These crackers come in different shapes, sizes, and flavours served as accompaniments to meals, or used as toppings for additional crunch, or merely consumed as snack. Some common types of kerupuk are; shrimp crackers, cow skin crackers, salmon skin crackers, chicken skin crackers, and some vegetarian crackers.
We can spot nasi campur sellers easily in Bali, each seller has his or her own signature – one has amazing sambal, while the other may have incredible lawar or awesome betutu. The dish also differs based on region, nasi campur in Kintamani may have a different combination from one in Denpasar. The perfect nasi campur is really up to your preference of blend and combination.
You can find excellent nasi campur in many local warungs and restaurants in Sanur. The availability, quality of food, and operating hours may vary, so it is a good idea to check recent reviews and ask for recommendations from locals or fellow travellers to ensure you find the best experience in Sanur and enjoy your culinary adventure in Bali.
Here are two warungs in Sanur where you can enjoy a good nasi campur:
Warung Krishna – if you’re in Sanur and looking to explore the rich and diverse flavours of Balinese cuisine, Warung Krishna can be an excellent choice. It is a well-known Balinese restaurant located at Jl. Kutat Lestari No. 4. Warung Krishna offers a cozy and welcoming atmosphere where visitors can savour traditional Balinese dishes and experience the local flavours.
Warung Nasi Odah perak is located in a small alley at Jl. Cemara Gang II/2 Semawang, Sanur. This simple warung serve Balinese style porridge, rice cakes in gravy which is normally served for breakfast – as well as nasi campur Odah Perak style.
When you’re savouring a plate of nasi campur with spicy chicken betutu or vegetarian type of side dish, you’ll encounter the delightful and well-balanced flavours that make nasi campur Bali unique and truly memorable.