Eat, drink and be merry!
‘Cause tomorrow we’ll die…
“Tripping Billies” by Dave Matthews Band
If you know exactly when you’re gonna die, and you’re only allowed to eat 5 things before that happens, what are you gonna eat?
I was tagged by Riana Lagarde of Garlic Breath, who has such a beautiful name :D, for this meme called “Top 5 Things To Eat Before You Die”.
BBC rounded up “50 Things To Eat Before You Die”, which came out unsatisfying for many foodbloggers. So Traveler’s Lunchbox started this meme project, which should be the better version of the one of BBC’s. Of course it’ll be better! It’s real, and it involves the best judges in the world (a.k.a. the world’s foodbloggers).
Now, people being tagged have to pick 5 top things they’ve eaten and think that everyone should eat at least once before they die. So it will ultimately establish some kind of foodblogger’s guide to the world! So when you’re traveling some place, you will know at least 5 best food you have to eat. You know, before you eventually die!!
As Riana put it on her blog, “Top 5 Things To Eat Before You Die” is practically a highlight of the delicacies of world cuisine.
Being tagged, I feel honored. And flattered. I took it as a recognition of being a global foodblogger. Blogging in English finally paid off! Thanks, Riana 🙂
So, here is my countdown list, are you ready?
Opor Ayam (Chicken in Coconut Milk Stew), Sumatera version
It is chicken in very thick and creamy brown coconut milk stew. My Mom made the best Opor Ayam. Mind you, it’s different than the Javanese version which is yellow in color and rather soupy. This Sumatera version is the one that is brown and very thick. And soooo much more delicious!!
Forgive me for listing two things in number five, because there’s no way I left one out. The other one is
Ayam Panggang Bumbu Rujak (Roasted Chicken with Rujak Spices)
This dish is common in Indonesia, and it’s my favorite. Spicy, savory, coconut-milky, it’s just finger lickin’ good. I never had enough of it, neeeeever had enough.
Sambal Roa (Roa Chili)
This is chili using smoked Roa fish as main ingredient. Beside the chilies themselves, of course. Roa fish is some kind of flying fish common in Manado, North Sulawesi. The smoky fish flavor blending with the flavor of ground chilies, shallots and tomatoes is just superb!
We adapted this dessert from the Dutch when they roamed around our land for 3,5 century. It’s a custard base dessert filled with young coconut flesh, kenari nut (Java almond), flavored with cinnamon, topped with soft meringue, raisins and more cinnamon. It’s a dessert you can’t miss, I’m tellin’ ya.
We’re up to number two already? Okay. Number two is
The fruit of Gods! No comment needed. With this one word on the search engine, you’d come up with hundreds of review about how divine this fruit is. Many people hate its smell, which actually is one of its divine elements. But like cheese, you may love it or hate it. For me, it’s like entering the heaven already..
…and finally, number 1:
Kepiting Saos Padang (Crab in Padang Sauce)
Padang is a beautiful town in West Sumatera that is identical with everything hot and spicy. So, yes, this crab dish is very hot and spicy, and heavenly delicious that I give it the number one position.
The ultimate choice is the one served by a restaurant in Bali (I forgot the name of the restaurant, but I’ll check with my sister and come back with an update). Update: the name of the restaurant is Puri Bali on Melasti street, near Legian area.
The second choice is the one served by a kedai (food stall) in Jakarta called “Sea Food 68”. They have 3 stalls, one in Jatinegara (the best) – Central Jakarta, one in Pasar Minggu Raya street – South jakarta, and one in Kemanggisan – West Jakarta.
The third choice is the one served by Raja Kepiting restaurant in Raya Serpong street – Serpong.
So, there you go, my friend. My top 5 things to eat before I die. Phewh!
Okay, now I have to tag 5 other fellow foodbloggers. I’m tagging…..
Eliza of Notes From My Food Diary, Yuke Tjandra of Piece By Piece, Dagmar of A Cat in the Kitchen, Fei of Intricated Simplicity, and Indah of Food Scribbles.
Let it roll, felas!