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? ;)