Getting to Know Indonesian Food
In general, most of Indonesian dishes are spicy using many exotic spices such as galangal, turmeric, ginger, chillies, pepper, lemon grass and many more.
CocoNut Restaurant at Santai Hotel takes pride to bring some popular Indonesian food into your culinary journey whilst holidaying in Amed, Bali. They are Beef Rendang (originally from West Sumatra), Pepes Ikan (Steamed Fish in Banana Leaf), Bakmi Goreng (Fried Noodle), Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice) and Sate Bali (Balinese Satay).
It’s interesting to know the cooking process of Rendang. Rendang is made from beef slowly cooked in coconut milk and spices for several hours until almost all the liquid is gone, allowing the meat to absorb the spicy condiments. It changes from boiling to frying as the liquid evaporates. The slow cooking process allows the meat to absorb all the spices and to become tender. The spices include ginger, galangal, turmeric leaf, lemon grass and chillies. Rendang is served with rice.
Other Indonesian dishes that worth a try are Nasi Goreng and Bakmi Goreng. These two dishes are influenced by Chinese cuisine elements that have been completely assimilated.
Indonesian meals are commonly eaten with the combination of a spoon in the right hand and fork in the left hand, although in many parts of the country (such as West Java and West Sumatra) it is also common to eat with one’s hands.