Last week I received a comment from Mabel, she asked me to post about Indonesian Food. So many delicious Indonesian Food that I can post, she said. Herself, really love Martabak with cheese and nuts. And this week challenge from BEC is Indonesian Food. Thus, here we go. As an opening of this post let me give you the Martabak I had last week.
This is a chocolate, cheese and nut combination. I always love Martabak, especially the one with a gluten black rice and coconut, but sadly, nowadays, it’s hard to be found. So, the next in line is chocolate, cheese and nut combination. This combination makes the taste not to sweet and not too salty also. I don’t like to put milk too much on it though, not like I used to when I was younger – the older you are, the more cautious you are about health.
I can’t say too much about how to make this particular snack, but I found this blog that posted how to make the martabak. Here is the link from Tersedap Blogspot (written in Indonesian). Now, I want to talk about my other favorite, that I craved so bad when I was in Liberia, TEMPE, a fermented soybean. I didn’t find any of this particular in Liberia. I found tofu, which used soybean also, but TEMPE – there’s none.
That’s why, as soon as I arrived in Indonesia, the first food I was looking for was TEMPE. At that time, I went to an Indonesian Restaurant in Cibubur area called Pondok Kemangi with my family. And for sure tempe was one of have to ordered item. I even ate 3 pieces of fried tempe at that time.
Pondok Kemangi itself is a Sundanese Restaurant, with seafood and any Sundanese food there. The place was (actually is – until today) a really nice place to visit with family. There are two main area there. The first one is like any other restaurant – table sets, but I usually request for the second area, an outdoor area, behind. In this area, you can also choose to eat on table sets – surrounding by a small pond, or a “lesehan” style area where you can just sit on the floor.
Ok, enough with the restaurant, this is a post about the food. What I love from this restaurant was the food. Beside tempe, it has also various type of Indonesian food. There are grilled fish with black soy sauce, stir-fried kangkong (which is called as chicken green in Liberia), stir-fried bean sprout with salted fish, and many more. Those I mentioned in detail was actually what we ordered at that time.
We had a fun night of course, that was the first family dinner after I came back – the complete set of my family, even my sister brought her tongsis. I ate almost all that we ordered because I really miss Indonesian food a lot. My craving of Tempe was not ended there. I ordered tempe for almost one month every time I ate with some friends, I even asked my mom to make a “tempe kecap” where the tempe cut into block style pieces and stir-fried with garlic, onion and black soy bean. Thus, for this challenge, let me show my dining experiences since I got back from Liberia. Hopefully you are not in starve when you read this (like me when I wrote this… hiks).
Even though the price of Tempe is not so expensive, for me, it is priceless. Where else can you find it? With the taste that suited you. Orek Tempe, Fried Tempe, and any other kind of food from Tempe. It is priceless.