Culinary Trip

Hello everyone, all good ? πŸ™‚

I just managed to sit and write about my (culinary) Spring break trip while I was in Indonesia for 3 weeks. The whole trip was tiring, due to long hours of transport and waiting, few days of jet lag, but definitely had a blast on food πŸ˜€

Now, I’d like to share it with you, so when you decide to go to Indonesia, you can try all of these food πŸ˜€ It’s my Culinary Trip πŸ˜€

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The very first delicious thing that I consumed once I arrived at home πŸ˜€ This cake meant heaven to me…so delicious that if I didn’t restrain myself, I would finish the whole cake. In fact, I must have eaten more than half of it.. πŸ˜€ Specially ordered for me πŸ˜€

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Literally, I grew up with this fusion food. From street stall “Bubur Ayam” or chicken congee, mostly for breakfast or brunch, very easy to make, tasty, light and cheap. A portion of porridge will not make you full, but it’s giving energy boost and taste. It is rice based congee with shredded chicken served with chopped scallion, crispy fried shallot, chopped celery, preserved salted vegetable (tongcay), roasted peanut, cakwe (Chinese doughnut), sweet & salty soy sauce and crackers…oh..crap! I want a bowl now πŸ˜€

I’ll post a recipe once I decided to make one….in the Winter time πŸ˜€

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Oh this delightful Spring roll can only be found in my hometown, Kediri. It’s very different from the Spring roll, it’s so crispy, so yummy, and the sauce is so unique that I could never imitate to make one.. >.< The shop that made this particular Spring roll is always in the corner of train station, it stays small and crowded. It’s totally must try Spring roll if you decide to explore Indonesia into the smaller cities.

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Lansium Parasiticum or known as “Duku” or “Langsat”, a species of Mahogany family. I was so lucky that my aunty found them very sweet πŸ˜€ It’s been years since the last time I ate this fruit πŸ˜€

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One of the most delicious soy bean product, Tempeh which is originally from Indonesia. It is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into cake form. At this time I’m writing, I have Tempeh on the making process, which takes 4-5 days from the time soaking beans in the water until it’s finished. I will definitely post it once it’s ready and successful and safe to be consumed by myself πŸ˜€ Tempeh can be cooked in different ways, but marinated with salt and garlic then deep fried is my favorite πŸ˜€ and of course top up with spicy garlic sambal..it’s heaven on earth! πŸ˜€

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Spicy Manisa or known as Chayote (Gourd family), so juicy and delicious. This vegetable is usually cooked with coconut milk. tofu and tempeh for vegetarian, and additional chicken for non vegetarian. It has rich and heavy flavor. I like it without coconut milk, as it tastes lighter and more fresh.

Chicken, boiled & fried eggs, and tofu in Turmeric sauce topped with sliced fried shallots – totally yummy!!!! This one can also use coconut milk for rich flavor, but I prefer non coconut milk as the taste is lighter and delicious πŸ˜€

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Javanese style fried noodle with egg, vegetables, Chinese cabbage and topped with sliced fried shallots. It is using another type of noodle, wider than usual. This particular food can be found from the street stall to big restaurants πŸ™‚ Price ? it depends on what they offer..from vegetarian to seafood lovers to meat lovers πŸ˜€

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Looks like crocodile, but it’s super tasty fruit. It’s been ages to eat this fruit as you can’t find it anywhere except in Asia. It is calledΒ Srikaya (Annona Squamosa; sugar-apples), so sweet, so tasty, nice texture, and addictive! πŸ˜€ It is seasonal and a must try fruit!!!

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This is not Indonesian food for sure… it’s RAMEN!! oh my… 7 years since the last time I had one. In Cyprus, you can’t find one.. this is one of my favorite “snack” πŸ˜€ I had both ramen at the same day… lunch and dinner to satisfy my stomach πŸ˜€

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I always said to everyone here in Cyprus that I never find donuts as delicious as the one we have in Indonesia (or Asia), and nobody believe me.. I ate this donuts almost everyday..so delicious, it’s melted in your mouth and oh crap.. I want one now πŸ˜€

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Homemade Caiyen – a mix of minced pork, sword fish and shrimp – difficult to make – but oh my…so good!!! I’m trying to find the right composition of each ingredients so that I can make it here πŸ˜€

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Nasi Bakar or Grilled rice, which refers to steamed rice seasoned with spices and ingredients (tuna fish) and wrapped in banana leaf secured with bamboo toothpick and later grilled on charcoal fire. The burned banana leaf produced a unique aroma and taste upon rice, but you don’t consume the leaf πŸ˜€ It can be filled with other ingredients than fish, like chicken, tempeh, tofu, and many more. It’s delicious!

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Sauteed Kangkung (Water spinach; Ipomoea aquatica) with lots of garlic, shallot and chili. The brown color is from sweet soy sauce and salty soy sauce. I can eat this everyday.. πŸ˜€

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Frog legs in Worcestershire sauce πŸ˜€ One of my favorite animal and food at the same time πŸ˜€ It’s more delicious than chicken, it has smooth and soft texture, sweet but delicate meat πŸ™‚ Love it in any kind of style!

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Before and after…holy CRABS!!! πŸ˜€ It was crabs feast just before I went to another city to continue the trips πŸ˜€ So delicious, so juicy, fresh and expensive!

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Catfish in spicy tomato sambal with dash of lime juice – balance of sweet, salty, sour and spicy – totally mouth watering food πŸ˜€ Usually serve with warm steamed rice…hhmm….delicious!! Actually the fish part can be changed with other fish, like swords fish or snappers πŸ˜€

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Tofu in garlic and chili – so so delicious!! Found this while having lunch in Indischetafel, Bandung, West Java – beautiful, retro and Dutch style restaurant – a bit pricey but food wise…totally recommended!!

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One of special menu ofΒ Indischetafel, Bandung – West Java. They called it “pedas pedas sapi” means “spicy beef” – it is indeed spicy and full of spice, served with steam rice, fresh salad, spicy sauce, crackers and beef broth vegetable soup. Again, it’s a bit pricey but recommended!!

There were many more foods that I failed to capture as I couldn’t wait to eat it >.< What an culinary adventure πŸ˜€

Hope you enJOY it πŸ˜€

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