By Lily Chilver and Jaime Cormack
Indonesia is full of amazing culture. The cuisine is one of the most vibrant and colourful cuisines in the world, compacted with intense flavour.
It is very diverse, Indonesia is composed of approximately 6,000 populated islands of the total 18,000 in the world's largest archipelago, with more than 300 ethnic groups calling Indonesia their home. Many regional cuisines exist, often based upon indigenous culture and foreign influences.
Indonesia has around 5,350 traditional recipes, with 30 of them considered the most important. It's very well known because of their massive use of rice. Their other well known dishes are also known to include noodles and they have a very big love for soup dishes. These foods can be found from their local modest shops, to street-side snacks and top-dollar plates.
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We chose to make Indonesian chicken satay and Javanese fried rice.
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Javanese fried rice
Step 1: Cook 6 eggs (fried)
Step 2: Chop challots, garlic and 3 red peppers. Then mix in shrimp paste.
Step 3: Slice the remaining red peppers.
In the wok are our eggs, peppers, garlic, onion, Spring onion and spices
Step 4: Heat a pan/wok over a high heat, then add oil.
Step 5: Satay chopped ingredients for 6 minutes or until browned. Then add the remaining red peppers and sweet soy sauce and soy sauce.
Here we added our rice and cucumber
Step 6: Add the rice and cook until hot. Season with salt if needed.
Here we are adding the rice
Step 7: We left the sauce pans and woks as the serving bowls.
And here is our finishing product of the Javanese fried rice
Indonesian chicken satay
Step 1: Cut your chicken into small chunchs, bite size. (We chose not to put them on squares.)
Step 2: Marinate chicken, combine 1/4 of soy sauce, 1/4 of lemon juice, 2 tbs of vegetable oil and 1 tbs of sugar. Then massage marrinate into the chicken. Leave in fridge overnight.
Step 3: Cook chicken on wok till browned.
Step 4: Make peanut sauce by cooking onions and garlic with oil till browned and add rest of ingredients. But slowly add the portion of coconut milk needed.
Here the coconut milk is being added
Step 5: Add the sauce to the mixture and wait till heated through and serve in saucepan.
And now we are just warming it all through
And this is what we presented to the table
What went wrong?
Not a lot of things went wrong but there were some confusions and accidents which did occur. These included forgetting to put the chicken on squares, and adding too much rice into the stir fry.
Something we can learn for next time is ...
Reading the recipe more thoroughly and preparing things ahead of time.
How did it go?
It went pretty smoothly, but there were the odd hurtles along the way which are stated above. Considering that we had no experience in cooking and have never cooked Indonesian food it turned out to taste pretty good.
The thing we were most proud about was our javenese fried rice. It was packed with flavour. It was so delishious.
We also agreed that our favourite ingredients was the fried shallots, which gave our fried rice a crunchy texture which everyone loved.