So this isn’t a recipe post but I did say there might be some food posts while I was away and I thought I’d start by sharing a few of the delicious dishes I’ve been sampling while I’ve been in Java this past week before I go over to my project in Sulawesi.
Pepes Tahu (tofu steamed in banana leaf with spices), Nasi merah (red rice) and Karedok (also called Lotek – various raw veg with a spicy peanut sauce).
Gado-gado (vegetables, tofu, egg, rice steamed in banana leaves, and a peanut sauce)
Salak (snake fruit)
Lontong sayur (a spicy soup of pumpkin, beans, tofu, turmeric, chilli etc)
Rujuk (fresh fruit – pineapple, young mango, water apple, stone fruit, papaya with a sauce of peanut, chilli and coconut palm sugar)
Soto ayam kriuk (a clear chicken soup with bean sprouts, onion and turmeric)
Bihun rendang (rice noodles with veg and a spicy sauce) and a clear soup, with steamed tofu
Nasi Sate Jimbaran (chicken and tofu satay, green beans with a spicy garlic sauce, rice and a peanut sauce and Melinjo crackers)
Karedok / Lotek again
Spicy tofu and veg stir fry
Lumpia Basah (bean sprouts, a type of pumpkin, egg or tofu and spices, served in a wafer thin rice flour pancake)
And finally – dessert! Manggis (mangosteen fruit) – delicious – rather like a lychee, sweet but also slightly sour
That’s it for now! Off to Sulawesi tomorrow so the food will be a lot less varied sadly!