THE Chinese book for Indonesian dishes
Don’t freak looking this book !
This is a bilingual book written in Chinese and English with nice and delicious dishes from Indonesia. It is one of my oldest indo cooking recipes, possibly more than 15 years ago !! and it is written in HK
For this reason I m not sure when I bought it and how , though surely via letter .
As with the Murdoch books this is also a pictorial book with ca 40 recipes , Instead of Murdoch’s (I will call here as M ) this book ha a big photo on the right or the left pane which the opposite page has the recipe in bot Chinese and English .
Instead of describing you the contents I will show you only part of the recipes :
Indonesian baked fish with banana leaves (similar to M’s fish in alu foil ) , acar , satay chicken , padang beef (close to rendang beef) padang chicken , pegedel (with minced potato?), beef soto (soup with beef and veggies )gado gado (spicy salad with peanut sauce )sambal eggs , fried rice ,kola kola (vegetables in coconut milk ) , coconut milk doughnut and others
On the end of this book there are pictorials of the ingredients (sauces are shown inside small Chinese plates ) plus illustration on how to make pastes , dips fry peanuts , tofu and coconut spreads
Several of the names here are somehow different then in other book (as eg the rending is shown as padang )
The most interesting recipe here comes with a story of me . it is gado gado , a recipe not shown in other book so far. I still remember when I was in Bali , one day we were to visit the lake of Bali , we were to visit the orang asli people . ON the top of the mountain , we made a short pause for ca 15 minutes for drinking a coffee
In the meantime before starting this tour , on the hotel were have eaten enough for breakfast . IN this bar waiting , looking at the hotel’s bar I have seen this gado gado and because I have eaten enough before , I had the mood to taste but did not. So it was something that kept to my mind. But 8-9 years after I tried it in Matahari , the Indonesian restaurant in my city!
This gado gado is basically a spicy salad with tofu beans eggs and other vegetables
Difficulty level of these recipes ? No so much with not so many ingredients . I have tried several but the only problem was the non availability of many ingredients (as eg belacan laos and gula Java )for example , unless you replace them with something local