Feast on these food items from Central Java:
|Pokok Jeraju Gunung (Sawtooth Coriander / Long Coriander)|
It turns out the plant is called Eryngium foetidum, also called Sawtooth coriander or long coriander and it's a common herb used in Southeast Asian cuisine.
|Sop Buah (Fruit Soup)|
|Bakmi Jawa (Javanese Noodles)|
|Tempeh, Taho (Tofu), & Telur (Eggs)|
This is a typical breakfast plate for me in Central Java. Tempeh is caked fermented soy beans. It is Indonesian in origin and is much richer in plant protein content than its Sinosphere cousin, tofu--which here is simply plain fried. The egg is an omelette with scallions and bits of tomato.
|Kacang Buncis (Green Beans) stir-fry|
Right next to the stir-fry, you can see small cucumber halves. They are eaten like a fruit to pipe down the heat of your meal (since Indonesian food is very spicy). It really helps your mouth cope with the heat especially if you are not used to chilli sauce in literally every single meal.
|Tempeh, Telur (Eggs), & Perkedel Kentang (Fried Potato Balls)|
My favourite item on this photo is the one closest to the camera--that thing that looks like a dumpling. It's mashed potatoes with herbs and a special vegetarian sauce, rolled into a ball, drenched in beaten egg and deep fried. Mmmmm! Amazing!
The brown stuff above are tea eggs--just hard boiled eggs marinated in black tea.
|Es Kelapa Muda (Iced Coconut Milk)|
|Es Jus Jeruk (Iced Tangerine Juice)|
|Nasi Goreng Vegetarian (Vegetarian Fried Rice)|
|Martabak Manis (Sweet Stuffed Pancake)|
The mealy kind is filled with a salty and spicy type of sauce with vegetables, herbs, chilli, and sometimes meat. It is eaten as a meal, obviously. It is usually sold in the same stall that the sweet kind is found.