Mie Ayam, almost completely unknown to the Western palate, is a chicken and mushroom soup with noodles. Different. Simple. Delicious.
The only Indonesian recipe that is commonly known that I'm aware of is Nasi Goreng, which has been done to death in magazines and other media. Basically, it is Indonesia's version of fried rice using kecap manis, shrimp paste tamarind and chilli. And Isso Baduma which you can find here.
- The Food of Indonesia
- Sri Owen's Indonesian Food
- Indonesian: Modern and Traditional Indonesian Cuisine (Silk Series)
- Step-by-step Cooking: Indonesian
- The Indonesian Kitchen: Classic recipes made easy with over 70 step-by-step recipes
Here are 10 fun facts about Indonesia:
- Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world with 17 508 islands of which 6000 of them are inhabited by people.
- It is the 4th largest country in the world with a population of around 250 million.
- With a population that large Indonesia is ethnically diverse, with around 300 distinctive native ethnic groups and over 740 different languages and dialects spoken.
- Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world.
- The currency is called the Rupiah.
- Indonesia was a regional superpower before it was colonized by the Dutch.
- Indonesia is a country rich with myriad cultural influences from outsiders. This is apparent in the language, which has absorbed many loanwords from Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and various others.
- Java Island is recorded as the home one of the early human in the world which is Homo Erectus Palaeojavanicus.
- One of its reptiles, the Komodo dragon, is the largest lizard in the world, growing up to 3 meters (just under 10 feet) in length and weighs up to 70kg (154lbs).
- Indonesia is one of the world’s largest suppliers of nutmeg.
Sometimes I wonder why some cuisines turned out to be more popular than others. Sure, Italian food is great but why is Thai food all over the place whereas Indonesia and Philippines feature almost nowhere? Is it just one great public relations exercise? Migration is certainly a factor and tourism in Thailand is booming even with its questionable politics. Indonesia looks idyllic and if you check out travel websites you'll see Hilton Bandung costs in the region of £90 per night. Even with the failing sterling at the moment it's a bargain to live in the lap of luxury.
One day I'll visit this beautiful country. One day. For now I'll have to settle cooking its food at home, which proved to be somewhat tricky because 1) most online recipes are in gobbledygook and 2) ingredients are not easy to come by, especially if you don't have an Asian shop on your doorstep. Luckily, I could source kecap manis, which is a sweet soy sauce.
As always, I've put my own spin on this dish. You don't have to make the stock from scratch and can use a stock cube instead at the last minute. If you use a whole chicken, there is plenty of chicken left which can be enjoyed in other ways. During my research I've come across versions where the stock was added to the noodles, in others it was served in a separate bowl with the greens. Do whatever makes you happy!
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