Nasi pecel is a Javanese dish, a bed of rice (nasi) overlaid with a vegetable salad (pecel, pronounced Pet-Chel), swamped in a peanut-based sauce, and customarily garnished with the peanut crackers called peyek. "Entree salad" is a fair assessment. On the morning of a multi-festival day, rather than go the limit, I followed the lead of the gal ahead of me: Just the pecel, please. Skipping the rice saved a buck, and saved room for more chow later.
Journey to Indonesia
Street festival in front of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, 5 East 68th St. (Fifth-Madison Aves.), Manhattan
(This celebration of the 70th anniversary of Indonesia's independence was held on August 22, 2015)