Nasi Campur Kenanga (NCK)
By N Mark Castro
Well, let me disabuse you of that notion.
In the world’s largest population of Moslems, which is Indonesia, there is an abundance of pork and liquor without sacrificing both their Asian and religious values. Just drive by any Chinese-oriented district and you’ll find various culinary expressions of pork, aside from mainstream restaurants in Jakarta where pork is equally available.
But for non-tourists that know where the hidden treasures are, there’s Kedai Nasi Campur Kenanga in Gran Wijaya, where my old political consulting office was.
It had always been a busy factory of food lovers for your regular executives working in the area, or even its richer clientele that have remained loyal to their service and food. Of course, just by looking at this fugly combination of rice and pork, it seemed like a hideous concoction. But, believe me, when you’re craving for pork, this is the most accessible place you can find it.
It’s a no-frills, no nonsense type of a dig where you do nothing but eat: pork satay, ngo hiang, which resembles a sausage that’s sliced, Siew Mai, and pig’s ears, to name a few. You can eat with Hainam rice, plain rice or even glass noodles, while having an endless work-related debate with your office mates.
But political strategic consulting is something I’d left behind for a year now, including its nearby restaurant, so you can imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon this.
Located in the recently opened Kuningan City, Putri Kenanga is one of the restaurants that has lasted all this time to produce its standard Nasi Campur Kenanga (NCK), which is a rice dish with BBQ pork and roasted pork. Although you can order a single viand for each meal, they seem duty bound to serve as much as they can in one serving …
Who am I to refuse?
* Just like all other food-related posting, restaurant address is withheld unless you take me with you.