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Part of The Depanneur + The Bentway’s new Communal Picnic series
With more than 17,000 islands populated by more than 300 different ethnic groups, Indonesian cuisine has incredible breadth, depth and variety. Home of the original “Spice Islands”, Indonesia has been a culinary destination for centuries, sharing spices like nutmeg and clove with the rest of the world while absorbing and reimagining Indian, Chinese, Arabic, Thai and Dutch influences. Indonesian food boasts many unique flavours, textures and ingredients worth exploring, and tonight Javanese Chef Elita Rocka shares a few distinctive and authentic Indonesian recipes.
A cool, refreshing mango salad with red onion, bell pepper and cilantro dressing
Ayam Gulai –or– Tempe Tahu Gulai
Chicken thighs –or– a mix of tempeh and tofu cooked in a spicy gulai sauce, a rich, curry-like gravy popular in Sumatra. The multitude of spices slowly simmered in coconut milk — turmeric, coriander, black pepper, galangal, ginger, chilli pepper, shallot, garlic, fennel, lemongrass, cinnamon and caraway — speak to Indonesia’s centuries-old history in the spice trade.
Fragrant Traditional Indonesian coconut rice — jasmine rice cooked in coconut milk with tropical aromatics like pandan leaf, lemongrass, and galangal — served with a garlicky stir-fry of shredded green cabbage, carrots, and green beans.
Jagung Bakar Pedas Manis
Grilled corn on the cob, Indonesian style, lacquered with a spicy sweet chili sauce
Sweet cassava pudding made from grated cassava cooked with palm sugar, pandan leaf and topped with creamy coconut milk sauce
Chicken, Vegetarian, or 1/2+1/2
Indonesian Picnic for 2 $59 • for 4 $109 • for 6 $159
Elita Rocka is a gifted chef and accomplished baker from Jakarta, Indonesia. Blessed with a family of cooks, she learned her craft from generations of chefs; her grandmother created a noodle restaurant in Central Jakarta that has been a local favourite for over 3 decades, and now also owns a noodle factory in Indonesia. Her mother continued the restaurant business with Elita constantly at her hip, always tasting everything her mother made. Those hands-on skills and indelible memories are the foundation from which Elita strives to create authentic Indonesian meals in her new Canadian home.
Now, Elita has become a food entrepreneur, working full time with a vegan food project, as well as catering for the Indonesian Consulate.. She was recently selected to be a participant in Kedai Indonesia, a pop-up food event hosted by the consulate that brings together the very best in Indonesian food around Toronto. You can follow her on Instagram at padi.padi2019 and royce.cakes.
The Depanneur + The Bentway’s Present: Communal Picnic
On Sundays in August & September, The Depanneur will curate a selection of 6 meals prepared by a diverse group of local chefs, packaged for contactless pickup. A new kind of collective experience that can be enjoyed safely and responsibly at the unique The Bentway site. > MORE INFO
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