Thursday, July 26, 2012

Breaking the Fast With a Classic Dish

Saturday was the first Sunday of Ramadan, the holy fasting month. During this month, food plays an important role, and we have many regional Indonesian dishes that are favorites for breaking the fast, such as kolak and rendang.

Kolak is a classic and popular dish used to break the fast. The combination of sweet banana, with or without sweet potatoes, creamy palm sugar and coconut sauce with a hint of cinnamon and the fragrance of pandan leaves, is perfect.

Rendang is a popular fast-breaking dish as well. A dried beef curry enhanced with a variety of spices and roasted coconut, rendang is originally from Padang, West Sumatra, but it has become one of the country’s most beloved dishes.

Another beef dish popular during Ramadan is semur daging, a classic Indonesian beef stew. This dish is traditionally made with a lot of soy sauce as flavoring.

Soy sauce, both sweet and salty, is an important cooking ingredient in the Indonesian kitchen. Sweet soy sauce has a thick, honey-like texture, while the salty version is more watery.
Both are ideal seasonings for many contemporary dishes such as salad dressing, sauce, soup and stews.
Garlic, shallots, chilies, onion, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, honey, lime, lemon and rosemary are only a few of the spices and herbs that can make a perfect match with soy sauce.

Read more: Jakarta Post

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