Monday the 7th of November was a really cool day in the Markthal, Rotterdam. I was invited to attend the opening of the Indonesia themed week, together with other foodbloggers and culipers. We enjoyed many delicious tastings at Wah Nam Hong, and I learned many interesting facts. Of course, I also met some kind new people!
Find the photos in this blog post!
I’m going to walk you through our day, so that you can hopefully feel as inspired and learn as much as I did! The We <3 Asia weeks will be in the Markthal for another 11 weeks, so go and check it out.
First, we enjoyed four Indonesian dishes that will be served at Wah Nam Hong restaurant this week only. They were created and prepared for us by great chefs! I’ll add the information below each picture. Keep in mind that I am not an expert, so forgive me if I describe something incorrectly!
Rawon Surabaya by Yudi Yahva from Restaurant Rock Salt Chilli Pepper – broth with beef, braised for a long time so that the meat was nice and tender. It gets its black colour from the “Kloewak” nut.
Soto Betawi by Hendra Subandrio from Restaurant Blauw – a delicious soto prepared with beef and coconut milk, which made it deliciously creamy.
Mie Goreng Aceh by Fitri Chandra from Sheraton (Amsterdam) – this one was actually my favourite, from the shrimp to the delicious noodles and the pickled vegetables on the side!
Nasi Goreng Ayam Pete by Jimmy Lo Hamzah from Restaurant Bali James – I have enjoyed Jimmy’s food once before, you can read about it here. This dish may seem simple, but it was bursting with flavour! Also, I ate a “Peteh” bean for the first time. Traditionally more of those are added, but because most people don’t like them we only had a few.
After that, we learned how to make tempe(h)! I like using tempeh, so I was very interested in the process. I wrote down how to prepare it, but I’m afraid I’ll make mistakes so I am sorry in advance 😉 Anyway, you can find some pictures down below!
The author of the book herself (Mrs. Wida Winarno) was there to give us the workshop.
First, the soy beans are soaked in salted water for 2 days and then boiled.
Then, the beans are rubbed on the “hairy” leaves with the banana leaf starter. (the starter is there to start the fermentation process)
The beans are then wrapped in the leaves.
This tightly folded package will turn into tempeh as we know it within two days!
After that, we were guided to the VIP room where we enjoyed various Indonesian snacks and traditional dances. My favourite snack was BY FAR the cupcake by the way, I mean… Look how pretty it is! I also had some sort of sesame ball filled with something sweet, but I have no idea what it’s called. Anyone? 😉
Finally, we watched a cooking demonstration by Ari Munandar. I unfortunately did not take pictures of the first dish we tasted, but that was my favourite dish of the day! It was a curry made with shrimps and coconut milk, and it’s the creamiest and most flavourful curry I’ve ever had. I’m definitely going to try and recreate it!
Another delicious curry, this time with chicken.
And of course, we received a beautiful goodiebag… I hope to learn about the products, and maybe share some recipes with you! I know that I’m left very inspired by all those flavourful dishes, and I hope you are too.
See you next time, with a recipe!