Hello! I hope you had a great weekend!
Today I am joining in with a feature created by Gemma at Dietitian Without Borders called ‘A Dietitians Kitchen’. The idea is that Dietitians all over the world share a monthly insight into their cooking experiments and eating experiences, hopefully inspiring people to head off on their own culinary adventures! As a Dietitan without a kitchen (seriously, no kitchen in our house) I haven’t been part of this before. However, as Gemma quite rightly pointed out, I do eat. So I thought I’d share some of my favourite foods here in Indonesia.
Let’s take a look!
The Balinese Orange
It’s a monster isn’t it! The Balinese Orange (or Jeruk Bali) is a type of ‘pomelo’, a citrus fruit you can find all over South East Asia. I like to think of them as a giant orange – grapefruit hybrids. They have a similar texture to the oranges you find at home and their taste can range between sweet and bitter (personally, I’m a fan of the bitter). I love them! Fun facts? The locals here believe that eating a pomelo is the perfect hangover cure and apparently burning the rind keeps the mosquitos away.
Oh. My. Yum. A staple in my diet over here, the Indonesian version of chicken soup is DELICIOUS. Don’t let the clear broth fool you, it’s packed full of flavour and gets it’s slightly yellow colouring from the tumeric they use in the spice mix. This was a particularly awesome one I found at a stall in Denpassar on the outskirts of the Badung Food Market. In Indonesia it wouldn’t really be a meal without the obligatory egg, but you will see slight variations in the ingredients in different areas of South East Asia. It can also be spicy, so be careful!
Okay. So the amount of calories and fat in this dish mean it’s not an everyday staple for me, but a chicken satay every now and then is a tasty treat! It’s one of Indonesias most popular dishes and regional variations can be found all over the archipelago. Most modern Satay dishes consist of grilled meat skewers covered in peanut sauce, served with ‘longton’ or ‘nasi impit’ (which are blocks of cold compressed rice cubes). The Balinese version, ‘Satay Lilit’ is made by wrapping moulded minced meat mixed with grated coconut, coconut milk and spices around a bamboo stick and sticking it on an open grill. Delicious!
Kankung or ‘water spinach’ is one of the most popular greens here in Indonesia. Most commonly it is stir fried with garlic, chilli, pepper, ginger and shrimp paste to make a delicious side dish. I love to order this with a grilled chicken leg!
I hope you enjoyed reading about some of my favourite Indonesian dishes! Next month I’ll share more about the tropical fruits on offer here! If you want to see a little more of my trip to Bandung Food Market, check out my little photo journal over on Chow & Chatter!