|Chicken satays on the grill|
It true actually. The big family don't come together often, only when there are occasions like farewells or birthdays or Christmas, but when we actually make one, not one of us go home without feeling like being on the tip of exploding point.
So one day, as a mini farewell party for the mother, the aunts organized an epic lunch, featuring chicken satay as the main star. However, the satays needed to be grilled first, but the hungry me couldn't even wait for another 5 mins as I didn't eat breakfast as a preparation.
And so I started with bek tim or bebek tim, another specialty from the beloved aunt. I don't know the English name, perhaps someone can enlighten me?
Anyway it's a very fragrant soup, with various spices which I can't count with my fingers, and the filling includes marinated pork, tofu, pickled cabbage, pig's ear, and eggs. It's light, slightly sweet, and full of flavour; one of my fav soup ever.
|Bek tim/bebek tim|
A star of the lunch was this nasi uduk ikan asin (coconut rice with salted fish). The fish is probably mini anchovies, but they have higher amount of salt. The coconut rice, also known as nasi uduk, is loaded generously with the fish, fried chillies and omelet. It is as amazing as it sounds; the rice is flavorsome and contains a little bit heat, it's salty but doesn't make you feel excessively thirsty after consumption.
|Nasi uduk ikan asin (coconut rice with salted fish)|
After the 'appetizers', I went to the backyard and found that they had started the grilling. Skewering the fat chicken meat is an easy job, especially if you can just grab some cooked satays straight from the grill. These are great chicken satays, I'm telling you.
|Satay making and the table with the condiments and sauce|
Another aunt provided the lontong (compressed steamed rice), which is interestingly packed in small plastic container with holes on, instead of the traditional banana leaves wrapper. Chicken satays with lontong, doused with tasty peanut sauce and sweet soy sauce, perfected with acar (pickled veggies); I don't know how to start describing how amazing it is. Use your imagination.
|Chicken satay and lontong (compressed steamed rice)|
Of course it didn't stop there: the cheesy and tasty mousakka was fight over when it's taken out from the oven. The rice paper spring rolls are very neatly made, filled with prawns and char siu; they are addictive, fresh snacks.
|Rice paper spring rolls|
Then it's dessert time. Phase 1 was es gadjah, a specialty from one of the aunts. It's a sweet concoction full of small beans (I'm sure there are some mung beans), grass jelly, jack fruit, coconut cubes, and jellies. The syrup tastes like cherry and it is to be eaten with shaved ice and coconut milk.
Dessert phase 2 was a really light green tea and red bean sponge cake from Breadtop (not pictured). I usually avoid green tea flavoured things but that one is quite enjoyable.
Since it was in Campsie, the mother and me wandered around to get some kimchi for she was planning to bring some home to Indo. And the slow walk is supposed to be good for our digestion.
I wasn't planning to eat anything else, but then I caught a sight of a monkey figure at a froyo shop called Snow Monkey. With my love to frozen yoghurt, it's nearly impossible to resist getting some.
|(Presumably) the Snow Monkey|
It's beach-themed, with surf boards as tables and other equipments that you may expect to see on a beach. The menu isn't that different with other froyo chains, but they offer cakes too.
|Interesting seating and decor|
I got the regular mango froyo with watermelon and pasionfruit, and I love it. It's tangy, refreshing, and guilty-free.
|(R) Mango froyo with watermelon and passionfruit - $3.5 (+0.5 ea topping)|
That was a great and belly-exploding feast as usual. I'm also glad that some of the cousins have seen this blog and there's one that want to be featured. He's Kardine and he strongly believe he is tastier than bacon. You are welcome to test. Just kidding. But he does look like bacon though, a big one. Hehe another joke Kardine!
|"I am tastier than bacon"|
Can't wait for the next feast!
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