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 with The Dep.
Salad Mangga 5
Refreshing mango salad with red onion, bell pepper and cilantro dressing
Nasi Uduk dan Balado Kentang Buncis
Traditional Indonesian coconut rice served with potatoes & green bean tossed in a Penang-style chili Sambal Balado and your choice of:
Tempe Orek, fried tempeh cooked in a sweet and spicy soy glaze $12
Ayam Gulai, chicken in a spicy, rich curry-like Gulai sauce $14
Combo, 1/2 Ayam Gulai + 1/2 Tempe Orek $16
Singkong Lumer $5
Cassava pudding cooked with palm sugar, pandan leaf and topped with coconut milk sauce
Wedang Ronde Jahe $5
Glutinous Rice filled sweet black bean paste in a ginger broth
Prix Fixe Menu $25
Salad + Nasi Uduk Combo + choice of dessert –or– Salad + Nasi Uduk Tempe + 2 desserts
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
Every Wednesday The Depanneur is an ‘open mic’ night for culinary talent in TO, where we invite guest cooks, amateur or professional, to come and make their favourite dishes.