Last night's feast: Manadonese bebek rica with Bataknese andaliman (it was supposed to be Balinese betutu duck, but there was a spice lacking situation, so the chef would have to improvise!), deep-fried birds ala Pematang Siantar (if you go to Lake Toba by car through Siantar, you'll see restaurants specializing in fried birds just like this!) on a bed of Javanese stinky bean sambal, Bataknese roasted pork, Bandanese fried eggplants drenched in spicy cashew sauce (those who have been to Banda Neira would probably recognize this dish, but the original recipe uses walnuts, since Banda Islands produce walnuts), and Balinese lawar - my Javanese mother calls it trancam - with squid.
No wonder, we, Indonesians, always have a hard time when people ask what our national dish is. We can't just choose one, or even 5 or 10, for we have way too many dishes from thousands of islands! People in Sulawesi may never know about Sumatra's tempoyak, and those ini Sumatra mau never have heard of Palu's kaledo, so it's very hard to reach a consensus, while it is way oversimplifying our diversity by just represented by nasi goreng and satay.
Note: All dishes were single handedly prepared by @rahungnasution. I wanted to help but, he told me to nap instead, that my only contribution was bringing the roasted pork from the grill at the backyard to the kitchen for him to slice. I can really get used to being fed like this! Thank you, domestic goddess wanna be @irineroba for the invitation!
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