I enjoy learning phrases from different countries whenever I travel, much to the dismay of my teenage girls.  They usually moan and groan whenever I attempt these pleasantries but I am convinced that locals really do appreciate it when you make an effort so I plough on and it has led to many a hilarious exchanges and stories.

There are a few basic phrases that you would find immensely helpful if you ever visit Malaysia and Indonesia.  English is widely spoken especially in Malaysia and in larger cities in Indonesia but nevertheless, I think you might enjoy surprising the locals with your newly acquired knowledge.  It may lead to delightful new discoveries and friendships.

How are you? (literal translation is what news?) : Apa Khabar?

I am fine (good news): Khabar Baik

Good Morning: Selmat Pagi

Goodbye: Selamat Tinggal

Rice: Nasi

Yes, knowing the term for rice or nasi would be extremely beneficial since rice is a staple in the Asian diet.  Obviously, you can always point and ask for rice if you’re ordering but won’t it be so much nicer to be able to articulate what you’re ordering?

There are many, many different kinds of ways in which rice is prepared in Asia.  For example, everyone’s familiar with fried rice or nasi goreng.  But nasi goreng is just the start.  The combinations are endless and I am going to give you a pictorial tour of some of the ways that you can have nasi in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Nasi Goreng

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Campur

Nasi Kandar

Nasi Kerabu


10 comments to Nasi

  • Raquel  says:

    Okay, so I just ate dinner but my brain is telling me I’m still hungry after all these amazing photos! Those all look incredible. Rice is a staple in Mexican food so I grew up feasting on it, but I’ve never explored the variations of rice dishes from elsewhere. Now I must. :)

    • Lila  says:

      I am always amazed at how versatile rice is, ranging from from main entrees to desserts. I love Arroz con Pollo and my absolute favorite combo is Spanish rice with Picco de Gallo! Ok-now you’ve made me hungry! :)

  • peppylady (Dora)  says:

    It looks good to me. For Easter dinner I’m going to try to make a torte.

    Stop in from A to Z challenge.

    Coffee is on

    • Lila  says:

      A torte sound delicious, if not a little challenging to prepare! Good luck with dinner and thanks for dropping by! :)

  • Corinne  says:

    I could have used your glossary of terms a couple months ago….good idea1

    • Lila  says:

      Terima Kasih or Thank You! A term I meant to include but forgot! :)

  • Nana Prah  says:

    Thanks for the language lesson. Is the Nasi Kerabu blue in color? All of the different types of Nsi looks so good. Is the second part of the name for the sauce or the meat that goes with it?
    Nana Prah

    • Lila  says:

      Yes, the second part of the name is the types of sauces that is added to the rice. You just gave me a good editing idea! Thanks! :)

  • Pam Faro  says:

    I’m totally on the same page as you when it comes to learning (at least attempting!) and using phrases and words of the language of the country where I’m traveling! Absolutely! With just a few grumpy exceptions, it pretty much always creates great connections with the locals. :-)

    And your photos are fantastic! I’ve skimmed a few of your posts, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be back – very interesting! (And thanks for stopping by my blog at – your comment there is how I found yours!) Onward to R! – Pam

    • Lila  says:

      Thanks for dropping by and the kind words about my blog. I love that the bloggers I’ve met through the A-Z challenge have all been so supportive. Only a week and a half left for the challenge-I think we’re gonna make it!

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