Thursday, 9 July 2015

Getting ready to discover Indonesian cuisine #globecooking

Another month, another globecooking destination ... this month's Kitchen Trotter box is set to take us on a culinary journey of discovery to Indonesia. I didn't realise how big Indonesia is - it covers three time zones and is made up of 17,000 islands, of which only 1/3 are inhabited and some have yet to be discovered !

So what's in the box ?

Gado Gado Peanut Sauce

Candlenuts, which look like hazelnuts but taste totally different, and Pandan flavouring, which is bright green and apparently has a very strong flavour - I haven't tasted it yet though so I don't know if that's a good or bad thing !

Kecap (which apparently inspired the word ketchup) - a thick sweet soy sauce that is used in place of salt and pepper in Indonesian restaurants.

Terasi or Shrimp paste - it's fermented and needs to be cooked so is often used in sauces

Powdered Lemongrass and Combava Leaves - the combava is a citrus fruit similar to lemons and the leaves have a lovely citrus flavour, apparently.

On to the all important recipes ...

Gado Gado, a lovely looking salad with potatoes and an exotic sauce

Mie Goreng, a dish made with noodles, chicken and vegetables

Ayem Areh, another chicken dish but this time using coconut milk and candlenuts

And finally, a very green dessert, Kue Dadar Gulung, coconut pancakes with Pandan extract

Needless to say, I'll be back to tell you how I get on when I try out the different dishes.

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  1. Looking forward to hearing how you get on - Indonesian food is my favourite of all!

  2. It all sounds rather nice - I've scheduled some in on next week's menu plan and made the shopping list for tomorrow ! :)