Nasi Bungkus from Simpang Asia, Culver City. Wrapped & unwrapped (pictured above).
Nasi bungkus means “wrapped rice,” and it’s popular Indonesian dish that can be eaten on the go. It is typically parceled up neatly in a banana leaf, but sometimes just in paper. White rice is loaded up with a variety of yummy side dishes, ranging from beef, chicken, fish, eggs and veggies. The package is then folded up and closed tight with a rubber band. The nasi bungkus at Simpang Asia in Culver City is delicious, but holy guacamole, the one I tasted at Kiki Novi, a warung (aka simple outdoor eatery) on Gili Trawangan island in Indonesia last year, was out of this world (and not to mention, only $2)!