INDONESIAN FOOD #1:
Indonesia may be a country where 2km-long traffic-jams is a part of the daily grind, and where poverty is a very confronting and a clearly visible problem. It can be quite a shocking experience.
Even with all the problems that this country has, there is one thing I can be proud of: Indonesian Food!
Indonesian Stir-Fried Flat-Rice Noodle
I'd like to introduce you all to the Medan Kwetiau: Indonesian Stir-Fried Flat-Rice Noodle!
It's quite similar to the Pad See-Ew from Thailand. The sauce is generally Soy Sauce & Fish Sauce base, but what makes it distinctively Indonesian is the use of Sweet Soy Sauce (Kecap Manis).
Medan is one of the biggest cities in Indonesia, and is quite renowned for the range of delicious cultural dishes. The Chinese culture is very prominent there, which introduced a variety of food and add to the diversity in culinary palette for the city! (Yey for Diversity!)
Medan Kwetiau is one of the most famous dishes that they have there, and there is a whole street that is packed with restaurants that serve this particular dish because of its popularity with the locals.
The ingredients, which includes egg, fishballs, shallots and of course, flat- rice noodles, are stir-fried in a humongous wok with an even bigger fire. It is generally better cooked with a gas-stove instead of an electric-stove, because the fire brings out the flavor and aroma much better in my opinion. The noodles are wrapped in banana leaves, which not only for sealing in the flavour, but also for packaging purposes. This makes it the perfect street food and take-away!
It has been my personal favorite and I will not fail to have it (at least once) every time I visit Medan.
Do try it when you have the chance, and let me know of your favorite Indonesian Dish in the comments below!