Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Rich foods of Indonesia

Classic Indonesian Nasi Goreng.

This is one of my favourite cuisines. Although Indonesian cuisine has its own merits, it is usually combined with Malaysian and Thai under one umbrella. In a way they do share similarities in cooking methods and common ingredients. The wok remains the main cooking medium and preffered method. Other common ingredients include coconut milk, although not used in deep northern territories of Thailand, lemongrass, keffir lime leaves, chili, garlic, ginger or galangal. For the untrained toungue, it might all taste from the same place.


Blogger kuwaitigirl said...

ok equalizer...i'm blogging about the subject you suggested...go to my blog and check it out;)

8/17/2005 01:17:00 AM  
Blogger Salted-Caramel said...

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8/17/2005 02:08:00 AM  
Blogger Salted-Caramel said...

I thought I smelled Nasi Goreng from over there. Mashalah 3alay, 3ayni 3alay barda.

The pic looks so delicious. Can you cook this? If no, you gotta learn Chef!

8/17/2005 02:08:00 AM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Haha ! Salty, ok I never use recipes, but once I taste something I know how to cook it, unless the cooking method is something new. Yo must learn a few basics. If you have a good understanding of the cuisine's most common ingredients and cooking methods, you will amost be able to emulate a certain dish. Out of experience, my bias towards certain ingredients give the dishes I try to emulate a certain kick. Overall I love intense flavors in every dish I cook. Unlike a pan-fried steak with sauteed vegetables, I feel insulted when I get served something as bland as that !

8/17/2005 10:13:00 AM  
Blogger Mama Fusla said...

Did someone say COCONUT MILK?????
I smell Coconut everything..
Well no one can manipulate an ingredient into so many dishes such as Chef Equalizer!
I vouch..

8/17/2005 11:48:00 AM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Well I might manipulate dishes, but no one can do a dish as exquisite and upscale like Mama Fusla :p

8/17/2005 12:01:00 PM  
Blogger Mama Fusla said...

Thanxxxxxxxxxx coming from you, my oh my!

Check out 2nights menu
Starter: Deep Fried squid with Chilli and Tomato Salsa
Main: Seared Tuna steak with sweetcorn and mango sauce
Side: Wilted Garlic Spinach
Desert: Caramelized Apricots
Bellissimo, Magnifico, Squisito no?????

*Curtosy of BBC food!

8/17/2005 12:06:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Mama this sounds dilicioso!! but I do not recommend telling people that the source of creativity is actually BBC Food :p

8/17/2005 12:30:00 PM  
Blogger kuwaitigirl said...

Equalizer,have you checked out the thai restaurant in safir hilton? is it any good?

8/17/2005 12:38:00 PM  
Blogger Mama Fusla said...

hehe, but I put the menu together, isn't that part of the creativity?

Kuwaitigirl, Blue Elephent u mean?
Most of the ingredients used in blue Elephent aren't fresh, the curries are acceptable and some are quite nice but anything else is unedable..

8/17/2005 12:43:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Kuwaitigirl yeah I agree with Mama. But if you are looking for something very good but not excellent, head off to Bangkok Garden near Muthana complex. The.decor is OK, but it gives you a nice down to earth feel :)

8/17/2005 01:02:00 PM  
Blogger Mama Fusla said...

It feels like a run down youth hostel in Down town Jakarta that is secretly H.Q. for group of rebels that plan to overthrow the government using financial gains of their Ecstacy lab.

That's my opinion of Bangkok Garden! but yeah, the food is authentic and decent.

8/17/2005 01:27:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

LOOL yeah I never thought of it this way, now that I'm remembering the private room, it does look like rebels meeting room planning to overthrow the government or simply having "nasty" fun ;p

8/17/2005 01:55:00 PM  
Blogger Salted-Caramel said...

Yeah, I hear that a lot from people who can cook. BTW, I found myself buying coconut flavored ice cream yesterday while grocery shopping. I think it has to do with Kerala. Your posts are influenceing my behaviors unconsciously!

8/17/2005 02:34:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Salty coconuts are always a love or hate thing for some reason. No middle grounds. As for my blog influencing your behavior, I think I might drop the food subject and talk about other things instead ;-) LOL

8/17/2005 02:59:00 PM  
Blogger Salted-Caramel said...

Yeah, I've noticed that too! People either love coconuts or they don't. And you cant talk about other subjects. This is a food place, 3aib! :P

8/17/2005 03:45:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Salty are you suggesting I start a new blog? ;p

8/17/2005 03:49:00 PM  
Blogger Salted-Caramel said...

I'm not suggesting anything, but since you wanna hear a suggestion I suggest you stick to what you're best at Chef. But then again, there's nothing wrong with a little diversity to show all your colors. Suit yourself. ;)

8/17/2005 04:00:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Well I have subjects wide and varied. I need a blog with a real content, not just scattered thoughts. Something that can stimulate thinking on a collective level. I dont know yet.

8/17/2005 05:13:00 PM  
Blogger Salted-Caramel said...


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