5 Foods You Just Have To Try

Poutine
I came across this "5 Foods You Just Have To Try" meme while I was browsing some food blogs and I thought I'd tag myself to do it, since I'm not feeling inspired enough to blab about anything else. Food is as good a topic as any. Since I'm Indonesian and Indonesians typically love their food, my list contains primarily Indonesian food with a link to the recipe so you could try to make it if you wish:
1. Gulai Otak, or Beef Brain Curry. It may sound gross but it's oh so good! Can't find any place in Canada that serves this, sadly. I could make it myself but I'm not sure if I'd be able to find cow brain at the local meat shop. In case you're wondering, the brain tastes a bit like omelette but with custard-like consistency. Best eaten with freshly-cooked, long-grain rice. Yum! Here's a picture of this dish.
2. Bubur Ayam, or Chicken Rice Porridge. I've posted about this rice dish before. It's the ultimate comfort food for Indonesians. I think it's because in Indonesia it's one of the first food mothers feed to their babies as soon as they can chew. Best eaten when the day is cold, like now. I think I'm going to make it for lunch.
3. Pempek Palembang, or Fish Cake with Sweet and Sour Sauce. There are several kinds of Pempek. My favourite kind is the one with a whole egg in it called Pempek Kapal Selam, or Submarine Pempek (because it's supposed to look like a submarine). I've made this before but it just never tasted the same with what we have in Indonesia. Go here for pictures of this dish in its natural environment.
4. Martabak Telor, or Deep Fried Beef Wrap. It's very easy to make and once you had one, you would want to have more and more. I've made this before and my version tastes pretty much like the real thing. I've also had it in a restaurant in Canada but they replaced the beef with lobster. It was just as good, though.
5. Poutine, as pictured above. It's so good in an artery-clogging way. How could one not like french fries with cheese curds and gravy poured on top of it? Of course not all poutines are created equal. Some are better than others. It all depends on the gravy, I guess. And just because you're having the poutine in Quebec -- which is where this dish comes from -- doesn't make it great. We learned that from experience. The best canned poutine gravy brand, however, is St-Hubert, which is also a Quebecoise rotisserie chicken restaurant chain.
So, what are your five foods? Leave a comment or the link to your post if you decided to do this meme on your blog to let me know. The next best thing to finding new music is finding new food to try out! Don't you agree? ;)

16 Comments

  1. Zorbs
    September 12, 2006

    My god that pou­tine pic­ture looks delec­table. I am going to do this meme.

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  2. Jordan Running
    September 12, 2006

    Those deep-fried beef wraps look great, and easy to make. I might have to try them some­time.
    I’ve want­ed to try pou­tine for some time now, but of course it isn’t avail­able any­where near me.
    P.S. Your “Fab­u­lous!” but­ton is dangerous–if you’ve typed a com­ment and then click on the check­box, it will delete your entire com­ment!

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  3. Liz
    September 12, 2006

    I’m scared about foods that I’ve nev­er had before, for the most part, how­ev­er every­thing on your list sounds good. I may have to skip the cur­ry though, I can’t do spicy.
    My five foods you just have to try are:
    Corn Souf­fle. Fried Okra. Three Cheese Tortellini. and Spinach, Broc­coli, Ham and Cheese Quiche.
    That’s only four, but the Quiche counts as two to me.

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  4. Firda
    September 12, 2006

    Jor­dan, I hope you didn’t find that out from expe­ri­ence! May­be I should put up a warn­ing.. Hrm.

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  5. Mick Gordon
    September 13, 2006

    The beef brain cur­ry sounds absolute­ly abom­inable, but I would be will­ing to try the rest. Was tempt­ed to stop in last week­end at the Indone­sian restau­rant up in Tober­mory — it seemed a strange place to have a restau­rant like that, off in the mid­dle of nowhere but it comes with decent reviews. (Mick from Guelph)

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  6. rutty
    September 13, 2006

    Well, I was going to sug­gest Chit­ter­lings but I’m not a huge fan myself, but I will relay a cou­ple of my favourite dish­es from the North of Eng­land. A “Mucky Fat Sand­wich” and Mr Brain’s Fag­gots. Both are deli­cious but rather dis­gust­ing to think about too much.

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  7. Firda
    September 13, 2006

    Heh. I thought that lit­tle Indone­sian restau­rant in the mid­dle of nowhere would have run out of busi­ness by now. Good to know it’s still around. :)

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  8. Troy
    September 13, 2006

    Mick: Fir­da and I were won­der­ing if the Stone Orchid was still around in Tober­mory. We ate there two sum­mers ago when we trav­elled to Tober­mory. Very strange place to find an Indone­sian restau­rant. The food was decent, though not authen­tic enough for Fir­da. The own­ers are Dutch Indone­sians (of dutch ori­gins but born in Indone­sia).

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  9. Jordan Running
    September 13, 2006

    Fir­da, it was by expe­ri­ence, but for­tu­nate­ly Ctrl+Z brought back my dis­ap­peared text.

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  10. Lara
    September 14, 2006

    Fab­u­lous!
    I have to say I have tried brain before. It was pig brain from a pig roast and I was slight­ly forced in it.…
    Can’t say that I liked it, but your descr­pi­tion is per­fect!

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  11. C.B.
    September 15, 2006

    Cheese, gravy, fries…delicious!!!

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  12. Damarhadi
    September 16, 2006

    Fab­u­lous!
    No. 2–3-4
    Three of my favourite food,
    It’s much more deli­cious when we eat this at Ramad­han mon­th.
    And “Kolak Pisang” exact­ly!

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  13. rio sibuea
    October 1, 2006

    ah pem­pek lah pal­ing enak

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  14. Matthaeus
    October 2, 2006

    Ummm.…there’s a very good rea­son for not eat­ing cow brain any­more.
    Aside from the fact that it’s, well, -cow brain.-

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  15. janett
    October 4, 2006

    kisiera k me ori­en­taran sobre algu­na dieta, nece­si­to bajar un poco de peso pork estoy mas k subida de peso.
    por­fa­vor lo mas pron­to posi­ble.

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  16. Catharine
    December 4, 2007

    Grow­ing up I had what I now know as Mucky Fat Sand­wich­es for break­fast, I knew them as anoth­er name that I now know is incor­rect. But it’s amaz­ing in home­made toast in the morn­ing with a lit­tle cat­sup on top, even with some crisp bacon on top if you’re real­ly look­ing for a heart attack on a plat­ter. But the gelat­in on the bot­tom is great great for you, the only bad part is the fat on top, and hon­est­ly theres not a whole lot, just a light lay­er once it’s refrig­er­at­ed and seper­ates. Rich and yum­my fall and win­ter day break­fast, addic­tive…

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