- Kaffir lime leaves
They are leaves from a kaffir lime tree. Their taste is very specific, thats why it is impossible to substitute them in the dish. They are very common in Thai cuisine, but you will find them in Indonesian cuisine or others too.
- Dadar jagung - Corn cakes
One of my most favorite Indonesian dishes. Great combination of sweet corn with garlic and kaffir lime leaves.
- Fish satay - Saté ikan laut
One of my favourite specials of Bali in Indonesia. Satay made of various kinds of minced fish and shrimps with coconut and a pleasant combination of spices. Usually grilled by the road on bamboo skewers, sometimes on lemon grass stalks, which give to satays amazing aroma.
- Plamuk pat phet - Squid stir fry red curry
If you are passing by some Thai restaurant and a scent coming from a wok makes you caugh, very probably some red curry is being prepared. Yes, it is super spicy. Of course you can use less chilies than Thais, as they use 5 of them into one portion easily ;)
- Potato cake - Perkedel kentang
When in Indonesia, there are days, when you have a feeling it would be great to have something else than rice as a side dish for a change. How about these potato cakes? The truth is locals eat them with rice too, but you do not have to :) The recipe is easy, with just a few ingredients and yummy of course.
- Pumpkin with spinach Malay style
Simple and tasty recipe I learned in a small restaurant above a fish market on Borneo. It is a great combination of a tender sweet pumpkin with fibrous spinach and spicy chilies.
- Sate ayam - Chicken satay with peanut sauce
This is Indonesian classic. This is literally a meal, that you do not have to go for, it simply "comes" to you itself :) In other words, it is a very common meal sold from "meals on wheels" restaurants. On motorbikes (yes, ardent charcoal included) or manually driven.
- Snails cooked in ginger, lemongrass and chili
Once in a fisherman village, Nam `O in Vietnam, I was offered a seat by a table with a plastic bag full of snails, got a few thorns to get them out of their shells ..... and like this I was introduced to one of the most frequent seafood street food in Vietnam. It doesn't have to be seafood actually as you can use fresh water snails too.
- Tom yum gai - Sour and spicy soup with chicken
Tom yum means sour and spicy. So if you do not know this soup, you probably already got the hint what to expect. The soup is not just a little bit sour and spicy. At least not if you get it in Thailand. Where they definitely are not moderate when using chilies and all various ingredients bringing sourness into the soup. This traditional Thai soup is amazing and very refreshing.