October 4, 2008

Waiter – The Indonesian Foods Round-Up

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With my cupboards now stocked with tamarind paste, noodles and galangal I am going to have a high old time sampling the delicious submissions for this round of Waiter. Thanks in particular to all those South East Asian bloggers who sent in many a delicious recipe.

Little known is the cuisine of Indonesia (Malaysia and Singapore included), at least in the UK but I sourced most of the ingredients I needed, or close approximations, and surprised myself at the tasty dishes I created. I wasn’t ‘into’ food during my leisurely travels down the Malay peninsula to Singapore (missing Indonesia I skipped across to Sarawak and Sabah before returning to Hong Kong). It would seem I missed out big time, especially in the regional variations as many entrants describe!

Entries in the order received:

  1. Arfi from New Zealand with Martabak Telor a delicious looking pastry filled with egg and meat.
  2. Zita in Jordan with Jakarta Beef Soup (Soto Betawi); a ‘love potion’ as Zita describes.
  3. Serfa sent in Sweet Corn Kernel in Coconut Milk Syrup (Jagung Santan Manis) a sweet dish served during Ramadan as an appetiser or starter.
  4. Mae from Surabaya, Indonesia recommends Beef set Soy sautรฉ (Beef Krengsengan) chosen because of the ease of finding the ingredients.
  5. From Caracas in Venezuela Mindy has blogged about Minced Beef Stuffed with Sticky Rice (Lemper Daging) nicely photographed and good instructions too!
  6. Rita from Hong Kong but is an Indonesian gives us the amazing sounding Super Spicy Indonesian Pineapple Sweet Salad (Rujak Nanas Super Pedas) It’s Spicy!
  7. Dita in Kuwait brings a dessert Steamed Glutinous Rice and Coconut Milk Custard (Ketan Sarikayo) with very inspiring photos to accompany.
  8. Celia in the UK brings us Chicken Satay – simple but a firm favourite. Time to throw out those pre-mix jar of satay sauce!
  9. Next we have Yohana from Bandung in West Java with Colenak which translates as Dipped (Dicocol) delicious (enak). Hawker food never looked so tasty!
  10. Regina brings us Spicy Stewed Pork (Tinoransak)
  11. From Tiffanie in Vancouver, Canada we have Belado and Belado vegetables. Delicious!
  12. From Cecil in Toronto we have Sticky Rice with Grated Coconut and Palm Syrup (Lupis). Learn all you need to recreate!
  13. Anna in Sydney goes with Chili-Tamarind Fish (Ikan Asam Pedas) It might not be pretty An, but it sure sounds delicious.
  14. Joint host of Waiter, Johanna in London, brings us Prawn and Macadamia Nut Curry which she appologss for being Malaysian. Close enough in my book Johanna!
  15. And the other co-host, Jeanne, also in London, brings to the table Pineapple Chicken Rice (Nasi Ayam Nanas) in her imitable style.
  16. Nate in San Jose, California, goes with Indonesian Spiced Fish (Ikan Pepes) excellently recreating a local restaurant dish at home.
  17. Sweatha goes with Indonesian Tofu and Vegetable Satay and mouth-wateringly good they look too.Our last entry is from Jude frm Chicago with Lemongrass Scented Coconut Rice (Nasi Uduk) simple but delicious.
  18. Two entries from me Penang Noodle Soup (Penang Asam Laksa) and Braised Chicken in White Gravy (Opor Ayam)

Terima Kasih to all who entered and to those who also sent in photographs; a couple of which I’ve used here.

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  1. Sweatha October 4, 2008

    Nice Round Up.Thanks

  2. Sefa October 4, 2008

    Andrew wrote: Terima Kasih
    kembali (your welcome) Andrew..
    It’s a great round-up and you made a good opor ayam too ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Rasa Malaysia October 4, 2008

    Hi Andrew,
    I am looking forward to a Malaysian food event!
    All dishes look fabulous. Love them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Regina October 6, 2008

    Thanks for the round up. There are some interesting dishes that I might try.

  5. Deeba October 6, 2008

    Hi Andrew, this is a wonderful round-up & I love the name of each dish. I saw entries coming from Jeanne & Arfi but couldn’t think up anything Indonesian. This is a lovely array! Well done indeed. Cheers Deeba

  6. catering equipment October 6, 2008

    Great round – up. Have to try some of these. Would never have thought of it myself!

  7. mae October 6, 2008

    Thanks for the round up Andrew… It’s wonderful ! I’m still proud for being a part of this event.

  8. Zita October 6, 2008

    Great Round-up, thank’s for hosting the event ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. mindy October 6, 2008

    Terima kasih kembali, Andrew.
    Nice round-up.

  10. Toffeeapple October 7, 2008

    What a wonderful post this is! So many new (to me) food blogs to read, thank you Andrew!

  11. Andrew October 7, 2008

    Thanks everyone for showing such interest and Toffeeapple – you are so right, some excellent writing, great photography and fascinating recipes – Indonesian food should be more widely appreciated.

  12. Dita October 13, 2008

    thanks for bringing Indonesia as theme, Andrew.
    Great round up!

  13. _ts of [eatingclub] vancouver October 15, 2008

    This is a great theme! Thanks for the roundup.