When the weather is as great as it has been the last few days in the Netherlands, my appetite changes. The barbecue has already been lit a couple of times and salads have been eaten too. This homemade salad was made as a quick side dish and consisted of all kinds of lettuce, corn, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, avocado and a pesto dressing. A nice, quick summer salad.
Walking outside in the warm nights of Indonesia is always fantastic. Especially when you are searching for a place to eat. So, stumbling outside of the boulevard of Pangandaran, there it was. A restaurant called Mungil, just beside the sea. I saw the sign of the restaurant and then I knew it: this is where I wanted to eat. Not because it said that they had cool beer, not because the sign said that they had juices, not even because they said that they had Indonesian seafood (that was one of the main reasons though), but because it said that they had “kind of…” all sorts of things! And especially the “kind of seafood”. What in the world is “kind of seafood”?!
After ordering some drinks, soon the food was served. Sate (skewered meat), perkedel (flat round patties made of potatoes, vegetables and meat) and a dish with prawns all served with nasi (white rice) topped with bawang goreng (fried shallots). Although the prawn dish was quite salty, I cannot say it didn’t taste nice. With the nice food, good company and the sound of the sea in the background, it definitely was a successful night.
When I am eating at my girlfriends parents’ place I know I will not leave hungry. Some time ago they made this delicious paella. With a bright afternoon sun shining on our heads, it was just like I was back in Spain. It was made with original Spanish fideua, filled with vegetables and all kinds of seafood.
This small brown package contains one of the best things you can eat in Indonesia: sate kambing! Small pieces of goat on a skewer, slowly grilled over a charcoal fire. After taking the skewers of the grill, a brown spicy peanut sauce is added. If you have never eaten sate kambing, you definitely should. It is fantastic. And although it tastes great, the sate I had wasn’t really photogenic. As you can see below…
Doesn’t look appealing? Doesn’t matter! Because it is simply delicious!
One of the first nights in Jakarta we went out to have dinner. We were advised to have dinner at a small road-side restaurant just across the place were we slept. When we came there, we looked at the extensive menu and just picked some things we liked. Since we didn’t knew how large the portions were going to be (we didn’t bother to ask), we ended up with a table full of food: our own ‘rijsttafel‘. We had plain rice, bami goreng, kangkung (water spinach) fried with meat and terasi (dried shrimp paste), vegetable soup and some chicken. Although we had so much, we ate it all. It was delicious!
A slightly vague photo, I admit. The reason why is that this photo was taken outside, at nighttime in Jakarta. During the day, there was a parking lot for cars just around the corner of the place I stayed. But at nighttime? Chicken, chicken chicken! Specialized in chicken, this mobile restaurant pops out of nowhere during nighttime. On the left of the photo you see some ayam goreng (fried chicken) and in the right upper corner is a bowl of bubur ayam (chicken congee). Not only was the food tasteful, it was cheap too. But the best thing of all was just the possibility of sitting on a bamboo mat, next to the road on a warm Jakarta night and eating chicken with your hands.