While I was away for the first few days of May, Steve got the ball rolling with a few of his favourites from the region.
The nights are getting cooler though the days are still lovely, which actually makes it a great time to delve into Malaysian and Indonesian food. The dishes are warm and filling and the kitchen isn’t too hot, so it’s quite comfortable to be standing over a hot stove, especially in the evening.
First was Roti Canai – a Malaysian curry sauce that you dip roti bread into. I think he pretty much lived on this for the first couple of days. He didn’t make the bread, though I suspect that will happen before the month is out. The recipe he followed was care of Kumar’s Recipes.
Malaysian peanut sauce (Kuah Kacang) & Nasi goreng
For my return he made a Malaysian peanut sauce, that we had with tofu skewers and Nasi goreng, which can be found in both Malaysia and Indonesia. It literally means ‘fried rice’ and like fried rice is regularly made to use up leftovers from the previous night. This makes it a popular breakfast dish. To say that he made a huge amount of Nasi goreng wouldn’t be an exaggeration, and we ate it for much of the week, either as lunch or with dinner. There was also a large amount of peanut sauce, which we were more than happy to eat.
Balinese vegetable curry (Sayur Lodeh)
For my first foray into the region I decided on a Balinese vegetable curry. By this stage we hadn’t been vegie or grocery shopping for about 2 weeks, and supplies were running pretty low. Tofu, mushrooms and carrots made up the bulk of this dish, which I think like most curries was better the next day. A rich and creamy coconut sauce with lots of spices. You do make a paste, but using already ground spices it literally takes just a couple of minutes to mix it all together.
Malaysian root vegetables with peanut sauce
There was still a fair bit of peanut sauce left, so I decided some root vegetables (potatoes and sweet potato) would be good to go with it. I was initially intending to roast them since our oven was due to be fixed that afternoon. However the electrician got called to an emergency so we’ll have to wait until next week. So instead I steamed the vegetables and then browned then in the frying pan, which worked well. If you’ve never had sweet potato with peanut sauce, then do your taste buds a favour and try it, they work beautifully together.
Recipes for the peanut sauce and nasi goreng are coming soon.