Talking about the variety of Indonesian food is not half as interesting
So, we show five simple
recipes to try. First off is fried rice or nasi goreng
followed by another popular dish:
or meatball soup. Then
we feature fried
and chop suy
We'll finish with simple and straight forward semur
and strong Indonesian coffee or kopi
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Goreng (Fried Rice) á la Indonesia OK!!
is former President Obama´s favorite.
Throughout Indonesia you will find thousands of streetside stalls
. It makes an excellent breakfast,
although it can be eaten any time of the day or night.
For one serving you will need a soup bowl's full of steamed white rice.
The basic ingredients are: onions, garlic, sweet soy sauce, chilly and
chicken broth. A good alternative for chicken broth are beef or chicken
cubes. According to taste you may add a handful of dried shrimps (ebi
or meat, fish, some leek or a combination of all.
Preparation: cut the onions and garlic and deep fry them in a wok
the chili (either chili paste or crushed fresh chili peppers) and the
ingredients. Add the broth. When most of the broth has evaporated, add
the rice, stir well and finally add some sweet soy sauce.
Serve in a deep plate with a fried egg and fried chicken. Decorate with
slices of cucumber,
and some salad leaves.
The best drinks to go with nasi goreng
are tea or
coffee. In summer ice
tea is a good option.
(Meatball or Fishball Soup)
Another of President Obama's
favorite Indonesian dishes!
Meatball soup is just as popular in Indonesia as nasi goreng
It is sold
from street side stalls, or push carts that make their rounds through
the neighborhoods. Bakso
is sold from late
afternoon and throughout the
The preparation requires more time than our fried rice recipe. You will
just as much as
all Indonesians, so let's prepare enough for four servings. We'll start
meatballs and then continue with the soup.
If you have a well stocked Oriental (Chinese, Indonesian, Thai or
grocery store in your neighborhood, you will find ready-made beef or
fish balls there. Otherwise, preparing the meatballs yourself goes as
Mash beef or white fish with salt and garlic in a blender. To improve
consistency add cassava flour or corn flour (after the blending). Add a
water as needed. Roll the mixture into balls of not more than 2 cm or
diameter. Boil the meat balls until they're done. Throw away the water.
the soup as follows:
Make a strong broth from beef marrow. Let it cook until its oil
crushed garlic, pepper, salt and a bit of sugar or vetsin
monosodium glutamate). According to the Indonesian way of cooking it's
possible to give exact quantities of the ingredients. It all goes
personal taste and, most importantly, feeling.
Finally add the beef balls you already prepared and sliced tofu and let
cook until the beef balls come to the surface. Finish it off with
You may like to 'beef up' the contents of the
soup with boiled noodles. The noodles go into the serving bowl first,
followed by the
beef or fish balls, tofu and the soup.
Serve with finely cut celery, sweet soy sauce, chili, and fried
to each individual's taste.
Goreng (Fried Noodles) á la Indonesia OK!!
Although rice is the staple food in most of
Indonesia, noodles are
seriously to obtain first place. Different brands of instant noodles
popular and can be found on the family menu several times a week.
It's not difficult to prepare fried noodles, known as bakmi
(or simply mi
. Here is a basic recipe that you can
Ingredients: egg noodles, red onions, garlic, pepper candle nuts, salt,
soy sauce, some shredded chicken and a bit of vegetables, such carrots,
peas, or leek.
Boil the noodles according to the instructions. Meanwhile clean and
the red onions, garlic, pepper, kemiri
nuts will do for four
servings) and salt. If you're in a hurry just put it all in a
With the noodles done and waiting, stir fry the blended condiment mix,
and your selection of finely cut vegetables. Add the noodles, stir well
serve steaming hot.
Add a fried egg and sprinkle fried onions on top and you're done.
Experiment freely with a combination of vegetables or use pork or
of the chicken.
Cay (Chop Suy)
is probably one of the most
internationalized dishes. Although Chinese in origin, Chop Suy
known in Indonesia as Cap Cai
for many generations.
For an easy to prepare and healthy vegetable dish like Cap Cai
need some or all of the following veggies: broccoli, cauliflower,
cabbage, mushroom, podded peas, spring onions, baby corn and bamboo
Also add some chicken filet or sliced bakso
As you see, Cap Cai
is not a spicy dish.
Start with stir frying the sliced onions in a wok, followed with the
pepper, salt (or salty soy sauce) and two table spoons of oyster
Then add the chicken or bakso
When the chicken is well done quickly fry the vegetables, ensuring that
remain crisp. So, take care not to overcook them. Finally one table
maizena (or other kind of flour) with a bit of water will allow the
sauce to thicken.
Serve with steamed rice.
A really easy and quick to
prepare dish is semur.
is not spicy; chili being served on the side for those who like it hot.
Ingredients most often used are chicken, tofu (tahu
cut in approximately
one inch cubes, sliced fermented bean curd (tempe
and rice vermicelli (so-on
Vegetarians could substitute the chicken with a product like shiitake
mushrooms or mock duck, which is based on tofu. It comes in a tin, made
(both the artificial duck and the tin).
Use a wok to stir fry (either in butter or oil) one sliced
onion, garlic according to taste, three or four cloves (cengkeh
inch of cinnamon (kayu manis
), a pinch of salt,
pepper, one third tea
spoon full of ground nutmeg (pala
Then add the chicken or the vegetarian substitute and the slices of
and let it all simmer until the chicken meat turns brownish.
Add water, three spoonfuls of sweet soy sauce (kecap manis
cubes of tofu and one cube of chicken broth. Let it simmer more until
chicken is well done. Continue to add water to keep the chicken under.
Next, dip or rinse the rice vermicelli in hot water, then add it to the
is served with steamed rice.
Tubruk (Crash Coffee)
The Indonesian way of drinking coffee, during
any time of the day and
meal differs a bit
from the western way. If you like a strong and sweet coffee, try kopi
You will need some very finely ground coffee, sugar, hot water and a
strong enough to withstand the heat.
Put a tablespoon of coffee in the glass. Add sugar according
to taste and
pour a bit of hot water on, like you would to prepare hot chocolate.
carefully and continue to gently add hot water. Cover the glass and
leave the drink
for a few minutes so that the
coffee can slowly settle on the bottom of the glass.
Snacks to complement the coffee include fried banana (pisang
fried fermented tofu (kripik tempe
), steamed bread (kue
) or your favorite cakes or cookies.
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