September 12th, 2009
After reading Keiko’s post for Live Strong with A Taste of Yellow, I wanted to participate too, and the first dish coming to my mind was nasi tumpeng. People don’t eat nasi tumpeng everyday in Indonesia, they usually eat it for blessing or celebrating, I think it is perfect to share this with all of you fighters!
As nasi tumpeng is rather complicated to make, I turn to my beloved tata, who has been cooking for us for almost 30 years. We did not have the tools and it was too late to go to the market, so we just make a simple one, and without the distinctive cone shape. This is like the base, you can add anything you like to eat this with. People commonly eat this with assorted ‘dry’ dishes like this shredded fried egg that I made, kering tempe (sweet and salty fried tempeh) - I made this too, abon sapi, empal (salted fried beef) or Indonesian fried chicken.
me and tata in the kitchen (taken by marco)
Fresh ingredients, we also made fresh coconut milk :)
And grating fresh tumeric (with so stylish pink plastic plate :)
Here is nasi kuning, kering tempe and shredded fried egg
Some Kind of Very Simple Nasi Tumpeng Kuning
For 4 portion (more or less)
1 cup organic rice
2 cups fresh coconut milk
4 cm fresh tumeric, grated
a pinch of sea salt
200 gram tempeh
2 cloves of garlic
Indonesian sweet soy sauce
Pinch of sugar
Pinch of sea salt
2-3 fresh chillies (or as spicy as you want it)
Wash the rice, squeeze the grated tumeric with the fresh coconut milk, add to the rice and add the salt, cook in a rice cooker until the rice is set. If you don’t use rice cooker, boil the rice until half cooked, throw away all liquid and steam the half-cooked rice until soft and fluffy.
In the mean time make the kering tempe. Deep fried tempeh until brown and crispy. Drain well. Add some glugs of olive oil to the pan, fry the garlic, shallot and chillies until fragrant, add the fried tempeh, stir for 2-3 minutes, season with sea salt and sweet soy sauce and fry until all the soy sauce is absorbed. Set aside.
Lightly beat two eggs, fry very thinly in a crepe pan. Transfer to chopping board, let cool then slice very thinly.
First add the shredded egg to a cup, then the kering tempeh, then the nasi kuning. Turn the cup onto serving plates.
Simply enjoy like this or add any ‘dry’ dish of your favourite. Buon apetito!