Dear 'Hounds -
Spousal and I went to Jayakarta this aft. for lunch with much anticipation from all the great posts I've read. Overall it was amazing! We had Roti Prata and Otak-Otak Panaggang (fishcake in banan leaf) to start, my 2 favorite things form the whole meal - then Sayur Asam, the sour soup w/ jackfruit and tamarind and other flavors; then Acar Kuning, pickled veg; and finally the Ikan Pepes, fish wrapped in banana leaf. Needless to say some containers came home with us and we're already planning our next trip but here's the thing - many of the dishes were too sweet for me. I have pre-diabetes and really weaned myself from most sweet flavors (save for a regular and necessary dipping into Sharffenberger Extra Dark for sanity while being a stay at home mom), so the soup, pickled veg, and even the banana leaf wrapped fish were pretty high on the sugars - I kept worrying how I'd spike my sugar count - not a fun way to spend lunch.
The roti, with it's dipping sauce was so amazing it was totally worth the carbs. I do still eat carbs and sugars, but I want to have a better sense of how to spend the carbs I can afford. The fish cake appetizer was so great I'd advise other 'hounds to bypass the peanut sauce. It's too strong and sweet and you miss the subtlety of the fishcake. Save the peanut sauce for something else down the line.
So, my question is, what on the menu is also amazing and great but not as sugary? I keep coming back to that sauce on the roti. Deep, muddy, a lotta lemongrass and further murkiness.