Five hounds gathered for lunch today at Borobudur. I was looking forward to my first full Indonesian meal in years after a lunch special at Jayakarta a few months ago whetted my appetite for a more complete experience of this undeservedly neglected cuisine.
1. Roti Prata (Pan fried layered bread served with curry dipping sauce)
2. Veggie Sampler Platter (Fried corn fritter, soy bean cake, & tofu)
7. Otak Otak Panggang (BBQ fish cake in banana leaf)
13. Kerapuk Palembang Sauce (Fish cracker with hot garlic peanut sauce and palm sugar)
16. Gado-Gado (Salad of steamed veggies, tofu, potato, egg & shrimp cracker with peanut dressing)
17. Sate Ayam (Chicken Satay)
30. Rendang (Sumatra beef stew cooked with spices & coconut milk)
31. Empal Goreng (Fried marinated honey beef)
33. Babat Goreng (Fried marinated beef tripe)
48. Mie Tek Tek Goreng (Spicy Java noodle stir fry with egg, vegetables and chicken)
Uduk (Steamed rice cooked with coconut milk and spices)
Pisang Bakar (Grilled plantain with cheese, condensed milk and rice chocolate)
Roti Prata Manis (Pan fried layer bread with condensed milk, cheese, ground peanut & rice chocolate)
The appetizers were excellent. Various types of spicy peanut sauce were everywhere, and all were very good. All the sauces tasted freshly made. All three items in the veggie sampler were winners—my favorite was the corn fritter. Our very pleasant waitress warned us that many customers didn’t like the fish cracker or the very spicy sauce that comes with it but we all enjoyed it. The other peanut sauces were only slightly spicy. The satay meat was thicker than optimal. If it had been tenderer and juicier the thickness might have been a plus.
The gado-gado had the typical mix of textures. As always I enjoyed the contrasts of textures and flavors but it was not the best I have had.
The rendang was tender and good but not as flavorful as the stringier version at Jayakarta. I liked it but preferred the empal goreng which was sweet and delicious. The babat goreng had nice texture and flavor.
Although she had seen us happily munching the spicy sauce with the fish crackers, our waitress warned us away from the “very spicy” version of the me tek tek goreng and we settled for regular spicy, which was the spiciest dish we had all day and plenty spicy for me, with very good flavors and textures.
Both our desserts contained cheese, condensed milk, and rice chocolate (little bits of chocolate about the size of rice). I would have preferred a regular fried banana to the the pisang bakar which I found cloying, but the roti and peanuts in the roti prata manis moderated the other ingredients nicely.
Except for the appetizers and sauces, I wasn’t quite as impressed with this meal as I usually am with Indonesian cuisine, but I was a bit tired and sluggish today which may have diminished my enthusiasm. It was still very good and I will return again. The ample natural light, attractive décor, and gracious and attentive service contributed to a very pleasant overall experience.
Thanks to pilinut for getting us together for another good meal with good company!
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