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Cooking Our Way Around the World | Indonesia
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We’re finally back with our Cooking Around the World Challenge and blog posts in general! I’m not quite sure where all of my creative juices went but I’ve had a hard time being inspired the past couple months. The holidays added so much to my everyday list and business has been getting busier and busier which is a good thing but also means less time for the blog.
But, it’s becoming easier and easier to balance everything. With that being said, we finally cooked a new country meal…INDONESIA. After Canada and Australia, I was pleased to have randomly picked a country with a different pace and taste.
For Christmas, I received a Cooking Light ‘Global Kitchen’ cookbook – someone did a good job there! So, I picked two recipes for Indonesia out of there to test it out and they were both delicious and fairly simple!
INDONESIA MENU :
- Indonesian Stir-Fried Noodles
- Beef Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce
What did I like most about this meal?
While the beef satay was delicious, I’m just a noodle kind of girl. Any kind of pasta (basically things I shouldn’t have) and I’m usually sold! In my opinion, I would have liked a bit more spice to this dish but I cooked exactly as it said to and it was still delicious.
The beef was marinated even longer than the suggested time and it was extremely flavorful and tender. I can see what the big deal is about this dish now.
What did I like least about this meal?
Nothing at all.
Hard to find ingredients and where to find them…
I had a hard time finding a few different things.
Kecap Manis | this is basically a sweet soy sauce and I couldn’t find it at our regular grocery store or the Indian market near us. We finally found it at K & S World Market – the largest international market (known to me) in Nashville.
Palm sugar | never could find this so we used brown sugar instead (recipe said to use either)
Tamarind paste | found at Indian market near us – could not find in regular grocery store
Fresh lemongrass | found at an Oriental market in Nashville
What is your favorite Indonesian food?
Our next country is…RUSSIA!