18 December 2013

Culinary Journey - Indonesia (Part 8)

Culinary Journey - Indonesia (Part 7)

On the way from Surabaya to Jember
It takes about 4 or 5 hours driving from Surabaya to the little town on the east Java called Jember (depends on traffic, it could takes longer too).  It may not be a tourism city, but this city is actually located nearby the White Beach or what we called Pasir Putih and is the area that you will be passing by if you are going to Bali via sea.

Resting Place on halfway drive

Indonesian traditional snacks: Ote-Ote, Onde-Onde, Tape Ketan Hitam, Kue Kukus, Tahu Isi
Onde-Onde, Tetel, and Apem

Fruit Tea, Pizza Bread, and Inside the Tape Ketan Hitam

Sate Ayam Rp. 10,000 /10 pcs (about $1)
Although Jember is not a famous place to visit, however, I could find the best Sate Ayam (Chicken Satay) in here.  Nice char-smelled chicken comes with tasty and rich peanut sauce then topped with chopped red onions and spicy chilli sambal.  It is so yummm.... 
Jerohan (Incl. Liver, Heart, intestine)
Indonesian snacks from local market: Kueku, Pastel, Lumpia, Bakpao. Around Rp. 2,500-5,000

Kue Mangkok with Jackfruits

Riding Becak

Rujak Cingur Rp. 6,000 (about 60¢)

Terang Bulan/Martabak stall
 Martabak manis or for us who lives in East Java we called it Terang bulan, is the ONE that sit on top of my sweet lists.  It is like a pancake with more thick and more dense texture.  Also taste sweeter than pancake and filled with sweet things too like chocolate, peanuts, condensed milk, cheese or nowadays with optional fruits.  This dessert is definitely for an extreme sweet tooth person.  If you are, then this food taste absolutely heaven.  If you can't handle too sweet then you might try cheese only feeling as the saltiness will cut through the sweet taste.

Left: Cheese only Terang bulan (Martabak manis) and Right: Complete filling

Super Campur Keju Rp. 27,000 (about $2.70)

I'm salivating by looking at this mouth-watering haven

Martabak Rp. 22,000 (about $2.20)
Terang bulan/ Martabak manis stalls always or most of the time sells Martabak telor as well.  The savoury version.  There are few different flavours to choose depends on the stall but the most common is beef, lamb and cornet beef.

On the way back to Surabaya, we decided to catch the train, which much faster because less traffic and more foods.  Back in ten years ago, the train now is much cleaner, neater, safer and smoking is prohibited. However, it cause less outside food sellers to enter the train.

External Food/Stuff Sellers

Nasi Goreng From Train's Kitchen Rp. 7,000 (about 70¢)

Tape (Fermented Cassava)
Tape is one of the local delicacies that you have to buy for gift or even for yourself.

Stay tuned for the next blog still in Indonesia:
Culinary Journey - Indonesia (Part 9 - ends)

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