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My trip to Indonesia and some of the delights

I recently got back from Indonesia, visiting family mainly and some friends. It’s a yearly trip that I try to make, to visit the grandparents, aunties and uncles, whom I haven’t seen for a while. They are not getting any younger, so it’s nice to be able to visit and spend time with them. Being brought up in Indonesia, I absolutely love Indonesian food and crave for it wherever I am. In Hong Kong, I was in search for the most authentic restaurant, and found not one, but two – Warung Malang (read review here) and Restaurant Padang (read review here). In Sydney, there are a lot more, especially if you walk down Anzac Road, Kingsford, you will encounter many many Indonesian restaurants, to name a few, Ayam Goreng 99, Pinanggsia Noodle, Bali Stick (which is more in Kensington) and many more.

I didn’t go to Jakarta this time, my family is mainly in Surabaya and Malang. Malang has great food, however, I was only there for two days and didn’t manage to eat all that I wanted! Probably a good thing, as all I did was just EAT!

You can’t go to Malang without having the following, this is a must in my books!

  • Babat, which is beef tripe: I know this is not a favourite for everyone, but definitely one of my favourites! It’s usually served with soto ayam. The tripe was tender and succulent, and eaten with a little bit of sweet soy sauce and lots of chili. It’s high in cholesterol but absolutely delicious.

  • Now if tripe is not your thing, then you can have the nasi campur (we took this home so it has all been mashed up together!). Nasi campur is a dish of rice topped with various meats, vegetables, peanuts, eggs and fried-shrimp chips. The nasi campur was incredibly spicy but incredibly tasty. All the ingredients mixed together were just awesomely good.

  • Soto ayam Lombok: now this is supposed to be one of the famous soto ayam in Malang. Lombok is an island in West Nusa Tenggara province, near Bali. A great holiday destination if you haven’t been but that’s another story for next time! Now the soto ayam here is slightly different, mainly in the spices that they use. Its served with rice, bean sprouts, fried shallots, boiled and chicken of your choice (i.e. the breast of the chicken or the thigh of the chicken which is then shredded). This is also a must eat when visiting Malang, usually eaten for breakfast, but if its too heavy, then lunch or dinner.

  • Tempeh: fried soy beans. Eaten on its own it can be a little salty and bland, but eaten with sweet soy sauce and chili, absolutely delicious!

  • Tahu Goreng: fried bean curd. Can be boring, but there is something about Indonesian tahu goreng that’s different. I can’t explain it but after eating a lot of tahu in Sydney and Hong Kong, I can vouch that it is different.

  • Malang is quite famous for their bakso, which are beef balls. Again very different to Hong Kong beef balls, it’s a lot more chewy and tastier. We didn’t have time to eat at the restaurant, so take away!

  • Putu, consists of mixing rice flour with water and/or coconut milk, then steamed, usually with the addition of juice from pandan leaf as flavouring. Below is a photo of where is it cooked.

  • Usually served with grated coconut and date palm sugar – my ultimate favourite dessert in Malang.

  • Cenil, roll tapioca dessert served with grated coconut. Its deliciously sweet and deliciously tasty.

I think that’s enough of Malang for the time being. Now Surabaya…. I am making myself hungry.

  • Pisang goreng: fried bananas. Deliciously fried, and deliciously sweet.

  • Roti goreng: fried bread with little bit of sugar coating on top. Absolutely dense and filling!

  • Mie ayam: chicken noodle with boiled choy sum, celery leaves, diced chicken cooked with sweet soy sauce, mushrooms, fried / boiled wontons and fried shallots. For some reason, the mie ayam in Indonesia is SO SO SO much tastier!

  • Ayam pencet: originate from Surabaya, a popular chicken dish, marinated with various spices and herbs then smashed with a wooden headed hammer and deep fried until golden brown. Extremely flavoursome and extremely scrumptious!

  • Daging pencet: similar to that of the chicken, but with beef, also tasty and delicious. The spicier the better.

  • Sate: we all know this one, it can be sate ayam (chicken), sate babi (pork) or sate kambing (veal / lamb). The photo below is sate ayam, a little too thin for my liking but the sauce is just incredible. I am not sure why some Indonesian restaurant (not in Indonesia) can’t replicate this!

  • Burung darah: fried pigeon. A little annoying to eat, it’s not meaty, but extremely delicious if cooked properly.

  • Lontong kikil. Now lontong is compressed rice cut into small cakes. And kikil is a part of a foot animal (usually cow, goat or buffalo), and is usually rubbery but cooked until tender. I really like this, I know it sounds and looks gross but absolutely succulent and delicious! Usually served in spicy soup.

  • Tahu isi: fried stuffed tofu, a light snack made from tofu and vegetables, deep fried.

  • Tahu toler: bean curd omelette. The more egg the better, served with peanut sauce and prawn crackers.

  • Gado-gado: this one requires no explanation! Extremely authentic, and deliciously good!

  • Es koproy with durian: my gosh this was divine. Es Koproy is young coconut juice with syrup. Add durian on top, and my gosh, absolutely sinful!

  • Es cau and es cau with susu: ice grass jelly, and ice grass jelly with condensed milk. I prefer it plain, with condensed milk it was just too sweet!

  • Es campur: combination of grass jelly, avocado, palm seed, cendol, jackfruit, coconut. One of my favourites amongst the ice drinks.

Whilst I was there, I was fortunate enough to have kopi luwak for breakfast every day (sometimes more than once a day!) and I have to say, I am a huge HUGE fan! It’s incredibly smooth and not bitter at all.

I think I have to stop there. I have made myself incredibly hungry and craving more Indonesian food (and I just got back two days ago!). As you can see, my trip to Indonesia was not just about family, it’s also about stuffing myself with delicious food (which I did!)! Will post more when I am not so hungry…..

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  1. Frank
    August 6, 2010 at 3:53 am

    You only went for a few days and ate this much?

    • August 6, 2010 at 3:55 am

      LOL there’s MORE!!!! but yes…. WE did… not just me… WE, including parents! LOL

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