My regional specialty dish
December 4, 2022 7:16am CST
Today was a bit special at a family gathering because my cousin as the host served the main dish with Lontong Opor Ayam. Lontong is a food made from rice, usually using banana leaves as a wrapper with a mold made of pieces of bamboo so that you can smell the fragrant aroma from the banana leaves. Cleaned rice is placed in it, then placed in boiling water for several hours. If we put it in the water for longer (maybe about 4 hours), the lontong will last longer or not be easily damaged even if we don't put it in the refrigerator. I don't like the latter process, because the lontong will become more chewy when you chew it in your mouth. Served cut into flat round shapes, doused with chicken stock along with pieces of chicken meat, and spicy seasoned fries, wilted cabbage, and fried shallots as a topping. And, what's even more special, my cousin does not use a plate in general, but uses woven rattan as a plate and is placed on a banana leaf which is cut into a round shape for the presentation. Are there other Lotters here who can also share their respective regional specialties?
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Thank you for explaining your special dish. I am sure that it is delicious. I am Italian, we have a very simple dish that I like, it is a smoked cheese called "scamorza", that we grill and serve with a green leaf salad. You can see a photo here.
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• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Well on my Mother's side of the family, the dish would be corned beef and cabbage. All is boiled very simply and easily. Your dish sounds so delicious. Thank you for explaining it and how it is made.
@Charlesbronson Yes, you are right, but the dish made of rice during Eid is usually Lontong Ketupat, where the packaging material uses woven young coconut leaves, which is called "Janur". We Indonesians living in Java usually call Eid with "Lebaran", because of the philosophy of Lontong Ketupat wrapped in "Janur" leaves itself. Although, you will also find Lontong and Lontong Ketupat simultaneously in almost every house when Ied or Lebaran arrives.