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Otak-Otak (Fish cake grilled in banana leaves)

Otak-otak is widely well-known in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. In Indonesia, it is originated from Palembang, South Sumatra. In Palembang, people eat otak-otak with cuko (Palembangese spicy tamarind sauce). While in Jakarta, they enjoy it with spicy peanut sauce.O tak-otak is made by mixing fish paste (usually mackerel) with a mixture of spices. Now, I would like to share otak-otak recipe with peanut sauce from Jakarta.

Ingredients for otak-otak:

  1. 500 gr Spanish Mackerel, ground
  2. 4 spoon sago
  3. 4 shallot, ground
  4. 4 cloves garlic, ground
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1000 cc coconut milk
  7. 1/2 tablespoon white pepper
  8. salt to taste
  9. sugar to taste

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Rujak Buah (Spicy Fruit Salad)

 

In Indonesia, among the Javanese, rujak is an essential part of traditional dish.  The sweet, spicy and sour tastes of rujak are adored by Indonesian pregnant women.

The typical Indonesian fruit rujak consists of slices of assorted tropical fruits such as jambu air (water apple), pineapple, mangga muda (raw mangos),bengkoang (jicama), Timun (cucumber),
kedondong, and raw red ubi jalar (sweet potato), green apple and belimbing (starfruit). Rujak usually enjoy in a mid day of summer.

Ingre­di­ents:

  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and cut into half moons
  • 1/2 pineapple, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 large bangkwang, peeled and cut into slices
  • 2 green mangoes, peeled and cut into slices
  • 4 jambu air (water apple), cut into slices
  • 1 raw mango

Sauce ingredients:

  • 100g gula Jawa (palm sugar)
  • 10g tamarind pulp, soaked in 1/2 cup warm water and strained
  • 2 long red chillies (or as you desired)
  • 2 bird chillies  (or as you desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon terasi (shrimp paste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Handful crushed roasted peanuts (optional)

Direc­tion:

  1. Combine all the fruit and vegetables in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. With a mortar and pestle, pound all the sauce ingredients into a smooth sauce. Pour over the fruit and vegetables. Sprinkle with peanuts and serve.

Pempek Palembang (Boiled Fishcake with Sweet Sour Sauce)

Pempek is native to Palembang, South Sumatera Island. Actually, no one knows where pempek exactly comes from, because almost all regions of Sumatra Selatan popularize it as its special food. But, they say it has been in Palembang since 16th century. The name of pempek is believed coming from the word “apek”,which means “little”. The word Apek is commonly used to call Chinese who live in Palembang at that time. In this case, Apek is 65 years old man. The folktale which spread by mouth to mouth says that a 65 year-old “apek” who lived at the bank of Musi River found an idea to try another alternative way to cook fish. He mixed grinded flesh of fish and tapioca until it results new kind of food. Apek peddled the new food surrounding town by bike. Because the seller was called “pek…apek”, so finally it was known as empek-empek or pempek.

Ingredients :

  • 1000 g boneless mackerel fish, blended
  • 500 g tapioca flour
  • 300 ml cool water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 eggs

Vinegar Sauce (Cuko) :

  • 1000 ml water
  • 1000 g brown sugar
  • 150 g garlic blended
  • 200 g capsicums, blended
  • 2 tablespoon vinegar
  • 5 spoon soy sauce
  • 5 chilies, chopped (it is better if use cayenne pepper)
  • 150 g dried shrimps, grinded
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Additional ingredients : 1 cucumber cut into small cube sized pieces.

Directions :

  1. In a bowl, mix cool water and salt, eggs and fish meat. Add tapioca flour gradually, knead until the dough does not stick.
  2. Form the dough as desired, long, round with egg or tofu inside as filling. Put water in pan, bring to boil. Put the fish cake into the boiling water until each floats on the surface, means it’s done, strain.
  3. Pempek can be eaten just boiled or fried and serve in a serving dish with vinegar sauce (cuko), separately.
  4. To make vinegar sauce : in a pan, put water, brown sugar, garlic, soy sauce, chili, salt, dried shrimp and vinegar. Bring to boil until done, remove from the heat and sieve.
  5. Serve pempek with vinegar sauce and small cube sized cucumber.

Lumpia Ayam (Chicken Spring Roll)

Approximately cooking time : 15 – 30 minutes

Ingredients

For Filling

– 2 big carrots, thinned sliced
– 2 onion, chopped
– 2 cloves of garlics, chopped
– 1 tea spoon of pepper
– 500gr chicken fillet or 1 chicken breast, boil until its tender with two chopped garlic. Take the meat from the stock and don’t throw away the stock. Cut the meat into small pieces.
– ½ tea spoon of sugar
– A pinch of salt or, chicken seasoning mixture if you desire it

For wrapper

– 20 Spring Rolls Sheets (available ready-made at supermarket)

Directions

1. Make the filling : Heat 3 table spoon of oil, and stir fry the onion and garlic. Then add the chicken meat, and the carrots. Pour some of the chicken stock, just enough to make the carrots tender. Add the pepper, salt and sugar. Cook until about 10 minutes or until the carrot is tender and little bit dry and moist.

2. Make the spring rolls : Place the spring roll wrapper with one corner at the bottom so that it resembles a diamond form. Brush the four edges of the wrapper with the beaten white egg or water. Next, add the filling or the meat put it in the bottom part of the wrapper in a thin log shape, not touching the edges. Leave the bottom few centimetres clear. Lift the wrapper over the top and tuck it in under the filling. Fold over the left side, and then the right side and roll it up to form a tube. Brush a little more egg along the top part and seal the roll. Repeat until all the rolls are finished.

3. Fry the spring rolls : Once the oil is hot, deep fry the spring rolls until lightly brown, which should take only a minute or two. Put them on the tray to let them drain. Serve your crispy Lumpia (spring rolls) as an appetizer. They go wonderfully with a sweet, spicy and sour sauce or simply eat with green little chili.

Have a try.. Happy cooking ^_^

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