黃飯 Yellow Rice (Indonesia: Nasi Kuning)


India brought over spices and curry
Arabian Skish Kebab became satay
The Dutch seized the nutmeg and cumin
The Chinese fled with black beans and vegetable seeds
The soy sauce landed here from afar became sweet
Numerous islands line the coastline on the dining table
Nobody can colonize spices
Turmeric dyes my fingers yellow
Padan leaves always have a strong fragrance
The fiery chili pepper refuses to bow to anyone
Hot as volcanic lava
Rugged as ocean rock. Only
Rice is our common language
Rice is our consoling mother
Rice encompasses all colours
Rice soothes the old wounds in the stomach


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