Monday, August 06, 2007

Tempe Mendoan (Crispy Fried Tempe)

01 Tempe Mendoan (Crispy Fried Tempe)Ingredients:
  • 400 gram tempe (fermented soybean cake) - not tofu
  • 100 ml coconut milk
  • 1 pcs lime leave
  • 75 gram flour mixed with 25 gram rice flour
  • vegetable oil
  • Spice Paste Ingredients:
  • 3 candlenuts
  • 2 clove garlic
  • ½ teaspoon coriander seeds
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cm fresh kencur
Directions, Serves 4 :

1. Slice the tempe in thin 1.5 cm thick. Set aside.
2. Mix the spice-paste together with the coconut milk and lime leave. Add the rice flour and flour and blend till smooth.
3. Heat the oil in a wok, dip the tempe in the batter and deep-fry until it is golden brown and crisp.

Make sure that the oil is not to hot, otherwise the batter and the tempe will not be done at the same time.

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Sate Ayam (Chicken Sate)

03 Sate Ayam ( Chicken Sate)A Balinese Classic


  • 1 Chicken breast, cut into small pcs, bite size
  • 2 cm Turmeric, peeled
  • 5 Shallots, peeled
  • 1 slice Galangal
  • 50 g Fried Shallots
  • 1 stalk Lemon grass, bruised
  • 5 cloves Garlic, peeled
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tspn Coriander seeds
  • Palm Sugar to taste, shaved
  • ½ tspn Pepper
  • 4 tbspn Sweet Soya sauce
  • 5 Caraway (jintan) seeds, dry fry (no oil)
  • Margarine or oil
  • 8 Candle nut
Directions, Serves 5:

1. Make a rough paste out of all the ingredients (except lemongrass and galangal) either with mortar and pestle or food processor. Put aside.
2. Place 2 tbspns vegetable oil into a frying pan. Add the paste and stir over a low heat until the color turns golden. Add lemongrass, galangal, sugar, and pepper. Remove from the stove. Let it cool.
3. Combine the fried paste with the chicken. Mix it well. Taste to see if extra salt and sweet soy sauce are needed. Marinate for about 30 minutes (prepare the day before for the best results).
4. Place 5 pieces on a bamboo stick, piece by piece and grill it until they turn golden in colour. Coat each finished stick with margarine or oil to prevent the meat from drying during cooking.

If you use bamboo sticks, soak in water for about 10 minutes before using, to prevent them from burning.

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Friday, May 20, 2005

Meet the Sa'dan Toraja

Toraja, once daily in the newspapers and travel magazines of the world seems nearly forgotten nowadays. So we noticed happily, that PATRICIA CHARGOT article about Torajan's have been published lately in some American publications. The article, based on information's provided by Kathleen Adams, associate professor of anthropology, Loyola University Chicago summarises in short what Toraja and the Trojans are all about. Therefore we reprint it here in full length and add some sketches from Randy Boegis, a Bugis from central Sulawesi who has made Toraja his second home.

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WHO ARE THEY? The Sa'dan Toraja (SAH-dan tor-ah-jah) are one of the many ethnic groups in Indonesia, an island-nation in Southeast Asia. For centuries, the Toraja were unknown to most tourists. But in the early 1980s, tourists began visiting. Since then, more than a million foreigners and other Indonesians have been awed by the Toraja's fancifully carved ancestral homes, rice barns and cliff statues, and their colorful, pageant-filled funeral celebrations.

HOW MANY TORAJA ARE THERE? About 338,000. Most live in Tana Toraja Regency, the Toraja's mountain homeland in central Sulawesi, one of Indonesia's largest islands. But more and more young people are leaving to work or attend college in other parts of Indonesia and even other countries.

HOW DO YOU GET TO TANA TORAJA? It's about a 10-hour bus trip from Makassar, a bustling port city. The bus hugs the coast for a while, then turns inland, winding into the mountains and following the Sa'dan River. The road narrows until it barely clings to the cliff as you gaze down into deep ravines. You climb to a pine forest, then descend into Tana Toraja, a series of lush valleys carpeted with terraced rice paddies, water buffalo, bamboo groves, and coffee and clove plantations.

WHAT'S LIFE LIKE? Terrorist attacks in the United States in 2001 and in Indonesia in 2002 have taken their toll. In the main town of Rantepao, many hotels, tourist shops and Internet cafes have closed. Many guides and trinket carvers have lost their livelihoods. The losses have been felt less keenly in the Toraja's hundreds of small villages.

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ARE ALL THE VILLAGES ALIKE? Not to the Toraja, who are proud of their diversity. As they say, "Each village has its own ritual, each has its way of tearing the banana leaf."

ARE THE TORAJA MUSLIMS? No. For centuries, they had their own traditional religion, Aluk to Dolo, which means Way of the Ancestors. But in 1913, Dutch missionaries arrived and today the Toraja are one of the few Christian groups in Muslim-dominated Indonesia. More than 80 percent of the people are Christian, though Aluk still plays an important role in funerals and other rituals.

WHAT IS A TONGKONAN? A tongkonan (tong-KOH-nan) is a Toraja ancestral house. It's a big part of a family's identity, the place where all the generations gather for weddings, funerals and other ceremonies. The tongkonan tells the family's story and belongs to everyone who can trace his or her genealogy to its founder. Some of the most prestigious, "mother" tongkonans are believed to have been founded by celestial beings. But younger, "child" tongkonans are deeply cherished, too. Most Toraja also strongly identify with the "big tongkonan" - the Christian church.

WHAT DO THE TORAJA EAT? A typical meal would be two huge bowls of rice, a few spoonfuls of ferns, papaya leaves or other spinach-like greens, and a piece or pork or chicken. The meat and veggies are stuffed inside a long bamboo tube and roasted on an open fire. Savory pancakes and peanuts are favorite treats.

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WHAT DO THEY WEAR? The Toraja like to wear a plaid sarong, or long tube of cloth, over their shorts, skirts and dresses. Normally, it's bunched and knotted at the waist. But at night, you can pull it up to your neck to keep warm and even sleep in it.

Images from Randy Boegis, currently in display at the Ladybamboo Villa in Ubud, Bali.

Friday, November 19, 2004

Indonesian Islands belong to the Best

The November 2004 edition of Conde Nast Traveler, one of the world's leading travel magazines, has voted Bali the Top Asian / Indian Ocean Island. And for the first time our next-door neighbours in Indonesia, Borneo and Lombok have also made it to the Top Ten.

Each candidate was rated, criterion by criterion, as excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor. Criterion scores, which represent the percentage of respondents rating a candidate excellent or very good, are averaged to determine the final score; e.g., Bali's 86.4 is the average of its scores for Scenery, Friendliness, Lodging, Restaurants and Activities.
    1. Bali 86.4%
    2. Phuket 82.6%
    3. Maldives 81.1%
    4. Seychelles 80.2%
    5. Koh Samui 79.4%
    6. Mauritius 74.9%
    7. Cebu, Philippines 72.8%
    8. Zanzibar 72.8%
    9. Borneo 69.5%
    10. Lombok, Indonesia 67.8%

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Visas for Indonesia

Indonesia's new Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik has recommended to the government that more countries be granted eligibility to purchase visas on arrival at Indonesia's gateways.

Currently there are just 21 nations that are eligible for visa on arrival
at designated airports in Indonesia. Speculation is rife that at a minimum, Holland together with Belgium and Luxembourg will soon be eligible for VOA.

The Minister also hinted that the period of validity of the current VOA will also be extended. It is expected that the US$10 three-day visa will be extended to seven days and the US$25 thirty-day visa will be extended to 60 days validity.

Mr Wacik said that surveys of visitors show they were less concerned about the added expense but were often very critical about service efficiency, delays and complications that arise at airports when applying for entry.

He said 20 more visa booths would soon be opened at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport to address this feedback.

Sunday, October 31, 2004

Toraja - A culture of death lives on

Jacqueline Mackenzie, Contributor for the Jakarta Post from Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi loves her current place of living as much as we do.
Whatever travel agents may say, there are not many places in the world where cultures have survived the tendrils of travel and telecommunications, or where the visitor does not feel traditions have been tainted by the tourist dollar. Tana Toraja's culture is just as authentic today as it was when Christian missionaries first penetrated their highlands and converted the animist Torajans in the 1930s, persuading Torajan royals to sacrifice buffalo and pigs (instead of slaves) at the massive funeral ceremonies that are one of the main tourist attractions of the region.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Back to business?

Matthew Moore reports in today's the Age' about Australian tourists returning back to the island of Bali. In other areas of Indonesia it looks very much different. He analyses in this context of continues decline of tourism also the situation in here:

It's a similar story in Tanah Toraja in Central Sulawesi, the mountainous location famous for funerals so extravagant families save a lifetime to stage them. Part-time guide Kornelius Palinggi picked up some work this year with the small groups of mainly Europeans who make the long trek by plane and bus. It was better than a miserable year in 2003, but not enough to feed his family. After the Bali bombings, the national government moved all major conferences to Bali, staged rock concerts with international acts and sponsored big sporting events in a plan to pour money into the island and save jobs. But in scores of places such as Toraja and Bromo, no similar assistance was offered and the little businesses go on suffering across the country.

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