Showing posts from March, 2018

Sharing is Caring, The Megibung Tradition

Food plays an important part in many kinds of festivities. From birthday parties to corporate meetings, it is undeniable that without great food, any gathering would be incomplete. Any heated discussion can be solved over a great meal. In Bali, there is a deep rooted culture called Megibung, which is a tradition of eating together from the same big platter, called a “Dulang”. This tradition originated from Karangasem in East Bali. Up to 7 people can sit around the table and enjoy a feast of various dishes on the platter. Typically, a platter would consist of Balinese style roast chicken dish, a type of meat skewers, lawar or steamed vegetables with shredded coconut and few other vegetables or tofu dishes.  Megibung Is more than just eating together but it is also a chance to have an open communication in the community. This tradition is unfortunately slowly fading away due to the tendencies of individuality in modern society. To prepare such feast would be quite a task,

Simple Flour Tortillas

Comfort foods come in many shapes and forms and from many different cultures and cuisines. Mexican food is one of the most flavour intense comfort/street foods known to man. How can anyone resist a warm soft flour tortillas filled with perfectly spiced pork, beef, chicken or even fish? As if it is not good enough chopped tomatoes with fresh coriander, lime and avocadoes are also huddling inside that warm tortillas. Fresh ingredients are key to any cooking but in Mexican cuisine, it is beyond mandatory. The abundance or absence of fresh tomatoes, onions, limes, coriander, limes and avocadoes can easily make or break your dish. Of course another aspect of a great taco is that soft flour tortilla and crispy corn tortilla: The vessel that carries all the freshness into your mouth. Corn tortillas are made with Masa Harina, a special kind of corn flour made of ground corn and lime. Masa Harina cannot be substituted by another type of corn flour. It can be quite a challenge to find t

Beef Rendang

Voted the best food in the world by CNN travel in 2011 and again in 2017, Rendang proves that the world is more than ready to embrace the spice. Rendang originated from West Sumatra where spices are heavily used. The area is famous for thick curries, green chili sambal and almost everything is drench in red chili paste. Rendang is basically beef curry cooked for hours, resulting beef so tender it falls apart and the coconut milk based sauce intensely flavors every fiber of the beef. To create the authentic recipe will take years of practice and hours patience but fear not, this following recipe will definitely up your cooking game and start impressing your dinner guests with half the hassle. Ingredients  Spice Blend 12 cloves garlic 300 g red chili 250 g onions 4 candlenuts 5 cloves 50 g ginger 50 g galangal 50g of fresh turmeric 11/2 tsp cumin 11/2 tsp ground coriander 1 tbsp. salt 1 tsp sugar Aromatics 4 stalks lemongrass 3 pieces kaffir lim