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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ayam lalapan with sambal and nasi uduk

Fried chicken with lime tomato Sambal and crudites

Ayam goreng / fried chicken

Marinate chicken pieces in minced turmeric and garlic paste
steam chicken till cooked and set aside
when firmed deep fry till golden brown in hot oil
serve hot

Revs notes: Indonesian chicken seems to have has less fat than Australian chicken and a firmer meat. Try trim excess fat or use lean cuts or Corn fed chicken. Try Substituting fried chicken with fried whole fish, Catfish (lele), giant gourami (Gurami) are popular species.

Ayam goreng Indo style. You can fry it this much, or less. tasty! 


Ripe fresh medium tomatoes roughly chopped x 3
Bali Chilli  x 10 (hot, reduce number or remove seeds to lessen heat)
Garlic 3 cloves crushed and chopped
Terasi level 1/4 tsp (aka Shrimp paste or belacan 
Indonesian Lime Jeruk limau whole fruit including pith and skin
Salt to taste

chop and fry off garlic , shrimp paste , and chilli till golden. add tomato and cook till softened
grind or puree to paste and add sliced/ diced limes and salt to taste. 

keeps in fridge 2 days or can be portioned and frozen.

Revs notes: Jeruk limau is a citrus species i dont yet know the name of. It is a seeded lime with oil profile between Mexican lime (Citrus aurantifolia) and Kaffir lime (Citrus hystrix leaf). It may not be available outside south east asia and i believe a mix of the juice and rind of the former, with shredded leaf of the latter would make an acceptable substitute.
Jeruk limau (Citrus sp.)

Cabe (cha-bay) bali is a variety about 2.5cm (1 inch ) long and ranging from pearly greenish white to red on the same bush. for a photo. It is ell worth growing in the home garden as it has a good flavour and is grown in other regions as well for traditional cuisine.

Crudites/ Lalapan

shred raw white cabbage, with short lengths of fresh green beans, cucumber, and mix of other salad greens and raw vegetables. It is designed to be eaten with your hands.


The traditional herb to accompany this is is a lime basil, it really sets off the dish and is the perfect pairing with the raw vegetables, sambal and fried chicken.  Seeds available on request

Nasi uduk (coconut rice)

I was unable to make true Nasi uduk, (a dish similar to the malaysian and thai Nasi lemak,) because i lack the ingredient Daun salam (Szyzygium polyanthum). Known in english as indonesian bay leaf for the similar way it is used however the European bay tree (Laurus nobilis) is not substitutable as it has a different taste profile.

so i settled for a simple coconut rice.

using absorbtion method of 2 cups rice to 1 3/4 cups water i substituted 1/3 of the water for coconut milk.  Pandan leaf (Pandanus amaryllifolius) from my garden was tied in a knot and put into the pot to release its fragrance. Its better to dry or wilt the leaf first to release its flavour more.

Pandan - great understorey in tropical food forest 

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