Cheese pies efharisto

With a simple bite and one euro spent; suddenly, I'm home.  Back in the romantic land where smiles and sass are exchanged no matter what mood you're in. Where I'm beautifully invisible, constantly mistaken for a Greek (a point of immense pride for me). The place where every food has layers and stories and history.  … Continue reading Cheese pies efharisto

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Kue Lumpur

Tasty Tuesday Named for its home city, Kuala Lumpur, kue lumpur is an anomaly.  It has the gelatinous texture of a thick pudding, taste of a custard, and shape of a shallow muffin -- and is made out of potato.  It's truly a puzzle. Somehow potato and sugar, when blended together to a smooth consistency … Continue reading Kue Lumpur

Arem arem

In a country where rice is eaten three times a day and takes up the majority of someone's plate, it makes sense that people would get creative in its preparation.  On Java, one of the most common ways of cooking rice (other than the conventional steaming or boiling) is by wrapping it in banana leaves … Continue reading Arem arem

Jengkol

Jengkol is my favorite party trick. In any food situation in West Java, I love the anticipation of eating jengkol. Without fail, the Sundanese people near me will start to talk about how they can't wait to see my reaction to the food, they're excited to see my face when I eat the flavorful pile … Continue reading Jengkol

Lontong tahu

Less than a week after I arrived in Indonesia, I was dropped off at a home I had never seen before, in a village I had never before been, to live with people I have never before seen or spoken to. I was nervous. Living with a host-family was easily my biggest anxiety in joining … Continue reading Lontong tahu

Awug 

Tasty Tuesday Chewy, crunchy, oily and savory. Awug is a snack for when you really don't know what you want. Relatively tasteless, it's a traditional Sundanese treat found at bus stations and in vendor's baskets.  This is a weird one. It's so oily, after eating more than one, I feel sick. Yet, I can't help … Continue reading Awug 

Surabi

Tasty Tuesday For a classic Sundanese street food snack, look no further than the peculiar surabi stands. Surabi is a Sundanese pancake that can be either savory or sweet. Think, french toast and pancakes had a very squishy and delicious baby. It is similar to the other Indonesian staple, martabak, but is thinner and chewier, which … Continue reading Surabi

Ibu Shields

Even in adulthood, and especially in foreign countries, I continue to utilize the biggest rule of stranger danger: when in doubt, find a woman, especially one with a child. This has helped me on numerous occasions in Indonesia, even more so than other places as Indonesian women have the ability to put so much energy … Continue reading Ibu Shields

Khanom bueang

Tasty Tuesday  Throughout the near-month I toured Thailand, khanom bueang became my white whale of street food. I saw it constantly within my first two days in Bangkok, but suddenly, just as I decided I needed to try the puzzling snack, it disappeared into the depths of food streets nation-wide. Khanom bueang drew my attention … Continue reading Khanom bueang

Thai tea

Tasty Tuesday Nearly every day, for the past three weeks, I have woken up, tied back my hair, thrown on a tank-top and Chacos, and ventured out into the dry heat of Thailand (or Cambodia, for a brief period.) The one thing that makes this heat worth it for a cranky morning bear like me … Continue reading Thai tea